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.

Natalie Weber produces and anchors NBC5 News at 6 and 11 during the weekend. She also reports during the week for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC 23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as running, reading and exploring Southern Oregon.

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