Brace for high winds and lots of rain

Winds up to 30 mph with 40 mph gusts are predicted for today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory for Jackson County from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. The winds are expected to be followed by heavy rains.

Wind advisories are issued when wind with speeds of 25 to 39 mph are expected for the area.

Today's wind will come from the southeast as a front moves into the region. The Rogue and Shasta valleys will be affected, weather officials said. Windy conditions could continue into Thursday.

"Travel may be difficult due to sporadic wind gusts. Loose objects may also be blown about," according to an NWS statement released Tuesday.

In addition, anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of precipitation are expected for Southwest Oregon Thursday and Friday, with up to 10 inches predicted for nearby Curry County. There is a potential for rivers in the region to flood, but the exact rise in levels is not yet known.

The first storm will move into the area early today, with several stronger storms moving into the area Thursday through Sunday. The first system is expected to bring moderate to locally heavy rainfall and heavy snow in the Mount Shasta area above 4,500 feet.

The heavy rainfall will increase flooding potential by the end of the week. A weather service news release reminded drivers not to attempt to drive through flooded roadways, where their vehicles could stall or even be swept away.

On the Southern Oregon and Northern California coasts, large waves of 25 to 30 feet are expected today through Sunday, along with dangerous "sneaker" waves and strong rip currents.

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