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Snow falls in Lithia Park in Ashland recently. File photo

Snow gives way to rain

Medford woke up to snow Sunday morning, but it will vanish over the next few days with rain and a warmer front pushing into the Rogue Valley.

"We might see some snow tonight, but it will be less than what we saw last night," said Misty Firmin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Medford, on Sunday.

More snow is not expected until the end of the week, though nighttime temperatures are expected to hover around freezing, so roads could be icy.

Be prepared for rain for Monday's commute, particularly by late morning.

Even though the valley is expected to get only rain over the next few days, snow should pile up on the mountains above 2,500 to 3,000 feet.

"We could see significant amounts of snow," Firmin said.

The Medford airport received 2 inches of snow Sunday morning, with 11 inches accumulating over 24 hours on Mount Ashland. Gold Hill also saw 2 inches.

Also on Sunday, Highway 199 at the California-Oregon border was closed because of snow and trees falling.

Despite the snow, emergency service officials reported only fender benders and several vehicles sliding off the road.

Looking ahead, the Weather Service predicts snow levels to fall to 2,000 feet by Friday night, though predictions that far out could change dramatically.

Over the next week, the valley will be battered by storms with a little break from Wednesday into Thursday.

That will help make up for the relatively dry fall and warmer-than-normal January, followed by a colder-than-normal February.

For the calendar year, Medford has received 4.03 inches of rain, or .96 above normal.

But for the water year, which began Oct. 1, the valley has received 9.23 inches, 1.48 inches below normal.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @reporterdm

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