Up to 2 feet of snow could fall in the higher elevations of Jackson County this weekend, with as much as 3 feet around Crater Lake by Monday, the National Weather Service reported.
"We are definitely going to be seeing a return to a more wintry pattern," said Weather Service meteorologist Sven Nelaimischkies.
The agency issued a winter storm watch for parts of Jackson, Klamath and Douglas counties from Saturday evening through late Sunday night. The Cascades, Siskiyou Mountains, Crater Lake, Union Creek and Howard Prairie are all included in the advisory.
"Snow is expected to continue over these areas through at least Monday morning," a bulletin from the Weather Service said. "At the same time, snow levels will drop rapidly over the weekend, which will result in increasing snow ratios and heavier snow accumulations as time goes on."
Mount Ashland — which has already recorded more than 300 inches of snowfall this season — is expected to get about 2 feet, and the area around Crater Lake is forecast to receive more than 2 feet, Nelaimischkies said.
Snow levels are expected to start at about 4,000 feet, but some snow could work its way down to the valley floor by Sunday night, Nelaimischkies said, though it should melt quickly on the roads. High temperatures during the weekend are expected to reach the upper 40s to low 50s.
Wet weather is expected to continue most of next week, with more snow expected in the mountains with rain down low.
"Last gasp of winter," Nelaimischkies said. "Hopefully."
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