May 23, 2024

Ashland blanketed with a half-foot of snow

Even a walk to the mailbox was an adventure Tuesday morning. Bob Palermini photo/
March 1, 2023

Schools closed Tuesday, bus service shut down in the morning, Tuesday trash pickups postponed to Saturday

By Bert Etling,

About 7 inches of snow fell on Ashland Monday night into Tuesday morning, closing schools, stopping bus service and causing postponement of trash and recycling pickup.

A semitruck driver evidently misjudged the roadway and tipped over into a ditch by the Exit 21 northbound onramp 0nto Interstate 5 in Talent on Thursday morning. Jackson County Fire District 5 photo

Ashland High School will be on a delayed start Wednesday, March 1, due to hazardous conditions, Ashland School District has announced. Career Day is canceled. Check the district website for up-to-date information.

Snowy streets? Snow problem! Billie Galbraith skied into Hersey Health Care where she works helping patients.

Wednesday’s supposed to be mostly sunny after some snow showers early, but at least a chance of snow remains in the forecast for another week. High temperatures will remain in the low 40s, while lows are in the mid 20s.

Due to hazardous conditions due to snowfall, Recology rescheduled trash pickup for those on Tuesday routes until Saturday. Glass bins can be left at the curb for pickup before then.

“Please note that even minimal snowfall can pose significant safety risks, especially on streets with steep grades,” read a statement from Recology on Tuesday. “We employee-owners of Recology thank you for your understanding as we prioritize safety and make every effort to stay on schedule.”

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Ashland Fiber Network’s Ashland Plaza web cam captured a lightly traveled Ashland Plaza just before noon Tuesday, as shown in a screen capture from the YouTube stream.

An emergency weather shelter will remain open at least through Thursday night at 48 5th St. City policy calls for opening a shelter when the National Weather Service forecast is for temperatures of 32 or below.

A ruler shows about 6 inches of snow accumulation on Tuesday morning, which later topped out at about 7 inches at a home on Liberty Street at about 2,100-foot elevation. A bird sits atop a nearby tree keeping an eye out for food opportunities. photo by Bert Etling
A fire hydrant at the peak of Ashland Street shows the 7 inches or so of snow that fell Monday night into Tuesday morning. Bob Palermini photo/

The shelter opens at 5 p.m. each evening. Doors close for the night at 9 p.m., with lights out at 10 p.m. This is a no-frills shelter, which means individuals should plan on providing their own bedding. Well-behaved pets are welcome. The shelter closes at 9 a.m.

For additional information, contact community volunteer Avram Sacks of Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) at 541-220-7307 or 541-631-2235. The shelter is operated by OHRA for the city of Ashland.

To sign up for text alerts with shelter information, text 97520SHELTER to 888777.

Email Executive Editor Bert Etling at or call or text him at 541-631-1313. reporter Holly Dillemuth contributed to this report.

Trash cans were set out along Liberty Street on Tuesday morning, but it was later announced trash pickup has been put off until Saturday. photo by Bert Etling
Two boys try out the sledding on a steep part of Taylor Street. The use of cinders on the street made sledding difficult. Bob Palermini photo/
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