The Ashland area will see more rain through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. The rain showers could turn to snow by Saturday evening and continue through Sunday.

Jay Stockton of the weather service in Medford said precipitation would only be one to three inches this weekend. He added that there may be localized flooding on Bear Creek, but that it was nowhere near flood stage.

Rick Saul, marketing director for Mt. Ashland, said the ski resort was closed Thursday and Friday and he won't know until Saturday morning if they will be open or not. "We hope to be, but it's too early to say right now. We have two guys up there trying to keep the road open."

Ashland Police Officer Teri DeSilva said one tree fell on top of an unoccupied car downtown Friday at 10:30 a.m.

"Thank God nobody was in it," she said, adding that police and city workers dealt with a lot of downed trees and some street flooding from the Friday morning storm.

Ashland city officials are continuing to assess areas of potential flooding around the city. They say there is no immediate danger, but residents who are concerned about flooding near their homes and property can fill sandbags at the B Street yard. The city-owned yard is located at the corner of North Mountain Ave. and B Street.

Friday afternoon, the north and southbound lanes of I-5 on Siskiyou Summit were experiencing snow flurries and the roads were mostly clear.

However, according to the weather service, snowfall in the Southern Oregon Mountains could amount to 10 to 18 inches Friday night and road-clearing crews may not be able to keep up. State highways in the mountains and north-south arteries such as I-5 and U.S. 97 could be closed at times.

The Oregon Department of Transportation suggested that travelers to reconsider plans for travel on Interstates 5 and 84 and U.S. 97.

The National Weather Service said the winds could bring down vulnerable trees in the Willamette Valley, where winds Friday were expected to gust to 50 mph before subsiding at night.

The storm was more intense in California, where a blizzard warning was posted then rescinded.

The snowfall hit Eastern Oregon hard, but it also held out the promise of moisture for pastures in the spring in a region affected by drought.

On Friday, the state Department of Transportation closed stretches of Interstate 84 from Hermiston to Baker City.

In La Grande, officials said the Public Works department was revving up chain saws to clear debris, such as the tree toppled by a 60-mph gust that grazed an SUV.

"Trees get brittle in the cold," city worker Norm Paullus told the La Grande Observer. "Then when you get these winds, things get hazardous."

The winds also tore signs from businesses and at least one roof off a building.

In Baker County, federal snow surveyor Kevin Shaw said snow has been piling up but that it is too soon to declare an end to the drought.

Coastal winds were gusting above 60 mph but far below the readings during a brace of storms in early December that snapped tens of thousands of trees and caused flooding in coastal towns and the mountain community Vernonia.

In Salem, state and federal agencies said Friday that more than $5.4 million in disaster assistance had been approved for businesses and people who suffered through the flooding, landslides and mudslides in December.

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