Heavy rains prompt flood watch

Up to an inch of rain total is expected to fall in the region today by Friday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Jackson County.

The flood watch will be in effect from 4 p.m. today through Friday evening.

Weather officials said heavy rain will likely result in rapid rises and possible minor flooding in small rivers, creeks and streams.

"Minor urban flooding of roads and low-lying areas is possible," NWS officials said in a news release.

The affected area includes Medford, Ashland, Yreka and Weed.

Landslides and debris flows are possible during a flood, putting structures and roadways below steep slopes at high risk.

A wind advisory also remains in effect today, with southeast winds up to 30 mph impacting the area, along with 40 mph gusts. The highest wind speeds will be near Ashland, weather officials said.

Motorist travel could be made difficult because of the high winds. Check www.tripcheck.com for up-to-date travel conditions.

— Ryan Pfeil

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