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Mt. Ashland to close briefly this weekend

Mt. Ashland to close briefly this weekend

Wind and rain forecast to bellow across southwest Oregon this weekend will temporarily shutter the Mt. Ashland Ski Area, but facility officials plan to reopen the following weekend.


The mountain will be closed Friday through Sunday. Skiers and snowboarders will be able to hit the slopes again April 13-15, according to a news release.


Mountain officials said they need to preserve the snowpack due to the inbound wind and rain. Forecasters predict some snow showers in the mix as the weekend closes out.


“How much the snowpack is able to absorb is always kind of a mystery,” meteorologist Brett Lutz said.


Up to 2 inches of rain could fall on Mount Ashland by Sunday night, Lutz said, though some new snow could make an appearance. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are forecast at the ski lodge Friday night and early Saturday, with speeds dropping only slightly during the rest of the day.


The mountain’s season pass party scheduled for Saturday, and a Snowboard Against Hunger event scheduled for Sunday, have been rescheduled for Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, respectively.


It’s also expected to be blustery in the valley, with 30 to 40 mph gusts from Ashland to Medford through Saturday night, Weather Service officials said. By 11 p.m. Sunday, an inch of rain is forecast to fall in Medford, with close to 1.25 inches in Ashland.


Temperatures are expected to rebound substantially Monday, with high temperatures in the low to mid-70s in the valley.


Snow levels could reach 5,000 feet Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, then drop again to 3,500 feet later in the week, Lutz said.


Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

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