Drivers, Police Prep for Winter Weather

MEDFORD, Ore., – As another winter weather system prepared to move in to Southern Oregon, people were already battening down the hatches Wednesday night.

People in Medford were pummeled by strong wind gusts after dark Wednesday, and it left people scrambling to finish their plans and get inside before conditions got worse.

It’s freezing cold, and I wish the wind wasn’t blowing. It would be a lot warmer if the wind wasn’t blowing,” said Sandy Thiede of Medford. “And they said it’s going to get worse, so if you have anything to do, get it done tonight, so I’m doing it.”

ODOT advised drivers that strong wind gusts were hitting the Siskiyou Summit. Drivers were being asked to carry chains just in case, if they were driving over any of the Southern Oregon mountain passes Wednesday.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was also getting ready if severe weather moved in late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Command staff and deputies were standing by to assist if the weather caused power outages or car accidents. The Sheriff’s Office urged drivers to avoid being on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.