Rain expected through Thanksgiving

Meteorologists are calling for a wet Thanksgiving in the Rogue Valley, with showers predicted to start falling tonight and through Thursday.

Rain should clear up by Black Friday, so early-morning shoppers shouldn't have to tangle with wet weather.

Until then, it's going to be windy.

The National Weather Service predicts winds with speeds up to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 45 miles per hour today throughout the Rogue Valley, prompting a wind advisory alert until 4 this afternoon.

Wind advisory alerts are called for when wind speeds exceed 25 miles per hour with higher-speed gusts. Meteorologists say motorists should be mindful of wind speeds when driving, as sudden gusts can cause their in-motion vehicle to shift.

"Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. Use extra caution," a media release said.

Wind toppled a big rig on Alsea Bay Bridge near Waldport on Tuesday, closing three lanes of traffic for about four hours.

Wind isn't the only thing drivers need to be aware of. The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting several ice slicks on major highways in the region, including 66 and 140. Motorists should carry chains in their vehicles, along with blankets, snacks and water. Tires should be fully inflated.

Travelers also should check www.tripcheck.com before departing to see up-to-date information on accidents, road closures and conditions.

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