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Snow and rain are forecast for the Rogue Valley and Siskiyou Mountains. Pictured is the north Ashland interchange project on Interstate 5. Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune photo - Bob Pennell

Storm expected to bring snow

As much as 6 inches of snow could hit the valley floor by late Thursday, making travel in the region problematic, a National Weather Service storm watch reports.

A winter storm watch for Southern Oregon and parts of Northern California predicts several inches of snow in the mountains this week, with smaller amounts hitting the valleys beginning tonight.

According to the forecast, 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall in Medford and Ashland tonight, with an additional 1 to 3 inches expected Thursday.

The storm watch, issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service Medford office, runs through Thursday. The arctic storm blowing into the region will bring the snow level to around 1,000 feet tonight and possibly drop it to sea level by Thursday morning.

The Siskiyou Mountains are expected to receive about a foot of snow, with some areas receiving as much as 2 feet of snow from the storm.

The forecast for Mount Ashland calls for 4 to 8 inches of snow tonight, and an additional 7 to 11 inches possible Thursday.

The National Weather Service is calling the storm unusually cold, with sleet and ice expected to affect road conditions.

Spots of heavy snow in the valley could lead to broken tree limbs and possible power outages, and overnight snow will make Thursday's morning commute hazardous, the warning said.

Reach Southern Oregon University intern Teresa Ristow at teresa.ristow@gmail.com.

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