Clouds expected to move out Sunday, but back in that evening; more rain and snow possible Monday
By Bert Etling, Ashland.news
Flurries of beefy snowflakes briefly blanketed Ashland houses, yards and streets Saturday morning, before melting away as swiftly as they came. Decidedly un-springlike weather took a break with a sunny Sunday, but it’ll be back to wild weather when rain and hold-on-to-your-hats wind blows into town Monday evening, forecasters predict.
Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are possible Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening, according to a wind advisory issued by the Medford office of the National Weather Service on Sunday evening. The advisory is in effect for southeast Jackson County, including Interstate 5 from Medford south, including the cities of Phoenix, Talent and Ashland, from 2 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, the alert cautions. Widespread power outages are possible and travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Forecast highs for Sunday through Thursday, respectively, are 46, 49, 50, 53 and 53.
Forecast lows for Saturday through Thursday nights are 29, 28, 36, 34, 33 and 35.
Clouds will move out during the day Sunday but move back in in the evening, the forecast says. There’ll be a chance of rain and snow on Monday; rains, snow and wind on Tuesday; a sunny day Wednesday; and partly cloudy Wednesday, according to the NWS forecast.
Emergency shelter open through Sunday night
An emergency weather shelter at at 48 5th St. will be open Saturday and Sunday nights, closing Monday morning.
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 or if you are interested in volunteering at the shelter, contact Avram Sacks of Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) at 541-220-7307 or 541-631-2235.
Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at email@example.com or call or text him at 541-631-1313.
March 26 update: Story updated with information from Sunday evening’s advisory.