Snow was falling in upper elevations in Jackson County Wednesday and could reach parts of the Rogue Valley floor Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for areas above 2,000 feet from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, with the heaviest snowfall expected between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Mount Ashland could see more than 2 feet of snow by Thursday night, with more than 3 feet expected for Crater Lake, according to meteorologist Ryan Sandler.
"The mountains are going to get pretty good snow out of this," Sandler said.
Wednesday snow levels started at about 4,000 feet and dropped during the day, with officials estimating levels could go as low as 1,700 feet overnight, which is low enough to dust some areas of the valley.
"Then we have it down to near the valley floor," Sandler said. "People may see flurries. Just a little bit. A trace kind of thing."
The wet weather is expected to continue Thursday, with accumulations of up to 7 inches of snow in the mountains. Motorists should plan for slippery roads, especially when traveling on highway passes.
A wet weekend is expected to follow, Sandler said, with a drying trend predicted to start late next week and possibly continue for a couple of weeks.
"We're making up some of the deficits we have this week," Sandler said of the wet weather. "But the outlook is not good in February."
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