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'Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving'

Salt Creek Tunnel on Highway 58 on Sunday, Feb. 18, around 10 a.m. (ODOT)

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EUGENE, Ore. - Snow is in the forecast from the Coast Range to the Cascades on Sunday.

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Cascades

The foothills of the Cascade are under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight.

The vicinity of Oakridge and Willamette Pass and McKenzie Bridge and Santiam Pass could see 6 to 10 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said.

"A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means periods of snow and blowing snow will cause primarily travel difficulties," forecasters said. "Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving."

Coast Range

Veneta and the Coast Range are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasts call for snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches above 500 feet, with up to 2 inches below 500 feet.


Douglas County and Southwest Oregon

In Douglas County, there is a Winter Storm Warning in effect above 2,000 feet until 5 a.m. Monday and a Winter Storm Advisory for other parts of the region until 10 a.m.

"Snow, heavy at times, expected," forecasters in Medford said. "For the warning area, dditional snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. For the advisory area, additional accumulations of 1 to 4 inches expected."

The Warning area includes mountain passes on Interstate 5 from Grants Pass to Roseburg, Camas Mountain on Highway 42, and Hayes Hill on Highway 199," forecasters said.

"The Advisory is for valleys west of the Cascades including the Umpqua, Illinois, Applegate, and Rogue," forecasters said. "Cities affected by the Advisory include, but are not limited to, Medford, Ashland, Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Shady Cove, and Roseburg."

"Plan on difficult travel conditions," forecasters said. "Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Wet roads Sunday afternoon will likely freeze and turn icy Sunday night."

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