Travelers, cities prep for more snow this weekend

Ashland, Ore. — Snow is back in the forecast for the weekend, and it could fall everywhere from Northern California to Southern Oregon, and travelers taking notice.

“We never really hit any snow, a little bit of rain,” Charlie Stradtler said. “We’ve gotten flooding and all kinds of rain where I’m from.”

Stradtler drove up to the Rogue Valley from Modesto, California to pick up a new RV.

“We called ahead and kind of got an update on the weather conditions,” Stradtler said.

But snowfall on the way back this weekend could be a whole different ball game. From travelers on the interstate to drivers on city streets, Winter weather has impacted everyone this season.

“Definitely seen a whole lot more snow this year then we have in the past,” said Ashland Public Works Superintendent Mike Morrison. “It keeps our crews very busy, our overtime budget is somewhat limited also, so in a busy year like this, it definitely eats into our budget.”

The snow clean up crew he’s talking about consists of only eight people — with one goal.

“Our first priority is the route to the hospital, and then from there, we work on the busiest roads, and then work our way out to eventually the lesser busy roads, and the residential streets,” Morrison said.

Those are strategies Morrison is keeping in mind, as the region is preparing for even more snow this weekend.

“As things happen, we’ll call crews in accordingly,” Morrison said.

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