After the biggest snowstorm in decades hit Douglas County this week, the one upside may be drought relief.
Power is slowly starting to come back to thousands of Douglas County residents, many who have been without power for nearly a week after the biggest snowstorm in decades decimated the county’s power infrastructure.
DRAIN — After a day without power, and many more to come, David Harrington sat in front of the wood stove at his house in Drain on Sunday night when he heard a series of unfamiliar sounds.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency at its meeting Wednesday morning in response to a series of snowstorms this week.
Low-lying areas of Douglas County may be in for at least another few inches of snow through Wednesday morning, according to Brett Lutz, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Medford.
Nearly two and a half days after a series of snowstorms shut down much of Douglas County and western Oregon, more than 18,000 people in the county were still without power as of Wednesday morning.
More than 31,000 customers are without power across Douglas County, according to Pacific Power, as heavy snow fell Sunday night and Monday morning.
A flood watch for Douglas County was issued by the National Weather Service for from 4 a.m. on Sunday until 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
A “powerful” pacific storm that began drenching the West Coast on Wednesday is expected to include rain for Douglas County through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
After a pleasant start to summer in the Umpqua Valley, it’s finally going to heat up, with daytime highs reaching near triple digits later this week.
Overnight snowfall covered the Umpqua Valley on Thursday morning, bringing school closures, fender benders, downed power lines and some much-needed snow in the higher elevations of Douglas County.
Air quality in the inland valleys of Southern Oregon will deteriorate over the next several days, according to the National Weather Service
With temperatures soaring into the triple digits for the next few days, pet owners are cautioned to pay attention to the adverse effects of heat on animals both inside and outdoors.
Drew Vandenbroeder of Jonnic Construction knows that it’s highly likely that he will be working outside during what is expected to be the first triple-digit day of the year.
GLIDE — With names like snow queen, fairy slipper, prince’s pine and buttercup, a guided tour along the North Umpqua Trail east of Glide is like stepping into a fairy tale.