Heavy mountain snow is expected tonight and through Friday night in Jackson County, the National Weather Service cautions in a winter storm warning issued Thursday afternoon.
Snow levels are expected to drop to about 1,500 feet tonight (Thursday), meaning most of Ashland, at about 2,000-foot elevation, will be affected.
Snow and showers will be fed by “a rich plume of Pacific moisture,” according to the NWS. “Particularly hard hit will be the mountains of Curry, Josephine, and western Siskiyou counties where several feet of snow are possible. Heavy snow is also expected over the Cascades, Mt. Shasta area, and portions of the east side (of the Cascades).”
Snow is expected to affect road conditions on Siskiyou Pass, as well as Interstate 5 passes north of Grants Pass and Highway 199 southwest of Cave Junction.
The forecast for Ashland for Friday calls for a chance of rain and snow showers before 11 a.m., then rain showers.
The storm warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Friday.