March winds begin to blow

A large storm developing in the Pacific Ocean will bring gusty winds and a chance of rain across the region.

The National Weather Service office in Medford has issued a wind advisory, which will be in effect from 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson County.

Southeast winds will increase gradually this evening and peak early Wednesday, the wind advisory explains. Winds of about 25 mph and gusts of 35 to 40 mph are predicted in the Rogue Valley, with stronger winds in the hills surrounding the valley. The coast, Lake and Klamath counties, and the Shasta Valley in Northern California likely will see higher winds, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph.

The advisory notes that wind could make driving on Interstate 5 between Ashland and Medford difficult for large vehicles.

Additional warnings, including storm warnings, high wind warnings and gale warnings, have been posted along the Oregon Coast.

— Anita Burke

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