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May 19, 2024

High wind watch alert issued for Monday evening into Tuesday

A couple checks out the statue in front of the Ashland Public Library in the snow on March 25, 2023. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
March 25, 2023

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.

A worker loads the delivery truck in the snow at the Village Baker in downtown Ashland. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal

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.

Intrepid shoppers made it to the Safeway store Saturday morning in spite of the weather. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal

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.

Workers were getting ready to pressure wash the sidewalk at the Ashland Public Library in the snow early Saturday morning. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal

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.

A Wood Duck navigates the snowy Upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park Saturday. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
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 betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

March 26 update: Story updated with information from Sunday evening’s advisory.

A student walks past Lithia Motors Pavilion on the SOU campus Saturday morning. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
Wildland firefighter candidates for Ashland-based Pacific Oasis Wildland Firefighting company do a pack endurance test at the Ashland Middle School athletic field in the snow Saturday morning. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
It was snowing all the way down to the level of Interstate 5 in Ashland Saturday morning. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
Eight tents were covered with snow under the Threshold sculpture at Gateway Island in Ashland Saturday. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
The Raider Stadium field was covered with snow Saturday morning. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
Daffodils in front of SOU’s Hannon Library were blanketed in snow on Saturday, the fourth day of spring. Bob Palermini Photo/@bobpal
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Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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