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Snow advisories in effect for Southern Oregon

 Posted: 8:30 AM February 07, 2014

Drivers traveling over the Siskiyou Pass or to Crater Lake this weekend will likely encounter heavy snow and ice, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather officials have issued a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Saturday. Up to a foot of snow is expected in the Siskiyou Mountains and Cascades south of Highway 140, with up to 2 feet north of Highway 140, including Crater Lake National Park.

Weather officials say light snow will start early today and become heavier as the day wears. Snowfall is expected to continue through the night into Saturday afternoon, when it will begin to taper off. Southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with 30 mph gusts are expected today. Increased speeds of up to 40 mph are expected overnight, with even higher gusts above 5,500 feet.

"The strong winds combined with heavy snowfall rates will cause trees and possibly power lines to fall," an advisory from the weather service reads.

Snowfall is expected at lower elevations, too. Weather officials say snow will fall as low as 2,500 feet in Jackson County, with snowfall depths up to 3 inches by 10 p.m. tonight.

— Ryan Pfeil

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