Look for wind gusts throughout day

High winds are expected to continue to gust through the Rogue Valley today.

The National Weather Service office in Medford issued a wind advisory for Jackson County this morning. It warns of sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph from the south to southwest, with gusts of up to 40 mph.

The hills surrounding the valley likely will see the strongest winds, but the gusts could make driving on Interstate 5 difficult for large vehicles.

The wind advisory remains in effect through 5 p.m.

In addition, a winter storm warning is in effect high in the mountains. A late season storm could drop 1 to 2 feet of snow at elevations above 5,000 feet, including Crater Lake and Diamond Lake, the warning said. Lesser amounts of 4 to 12 inches are expected between 3,000 and 5,000 feet from tonight into Tuesday.

The highest portions of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 140 will become covered with snow late today. Lower elevation portions of highways 66 and 140 could become covered with snow by Tuesday morning. Heavy wet snow may break tree limbs and cause power interruptions, the warning notes.

- Anita Burke

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