ASHLAND, Ore. — Cold temperatures and a looming storm have road crews prepare to plow.
Medford shattered a record low temperature Thursday morning, a record that was set back in 1972. The snow will begin Thursday night in Southern Oregon and Northern California, impacting Friday morning travel.
Right now, the plows parked in the ODOT lot are ready to clear the roadways, tackling I-5 and state highways. Meanwhile, city public works departments are on call to tackle smaller streets in city limits.
Ashland Public Works says it’s ready for whatever is headed their way. The crews prioritize where they’ll focus first, making sure emergency roadways are clear, starting with the route to the hospital first.
Then crews will move to major roadways: north main, east main, Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland Street, and then moving out to smaller streets.
The trucks have a plow on the front and will drop cinder from the back. They use small lava rocks, so if you are behind one of these trucks, you’ll want to stay back.