Cars make their way over Jacksonville Hill this morning as heavy snow falls around them. - Mail Tribune / Jim Craven photo

Rogue Valley snow could fall as low as 1,500 feet

Roads on hills around the Rogue Valley were covered with snow this morning, and more is possible through early Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Medford forecasters issued a special weather statement calling for unusually cold air, snow showers as low as 1,500 feet and possibly thunder.

"An inch or two of slushy snow and hail accumulation is possible ... primarily above 2,000 feet during this period," the statement said.

However, because the ground is warm, any snow that accumulates at low elevations isn't expected to stick long, the Weather Service added.

Snow was on mountain roads around the region this morning, including on the Siskiyou Summit of Interstate 5, which had an inch of new snow and temperatures hovering near freezing just before 8 a.m.

Snow also was falling on several freeway passes north of Grants Pass this morning.

Highs in the Medford area today are forecast to be near 50, and lows are expected to be in the mid to lower 30s. Wednesday's high will be near 48, and a chance of snow returns Wednesday night.

— Staff reports

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