Customers and vendors at the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market in Medford brave wet, windy conditions Thursday, the market’s second week of operation. - Jamie Lusch

Stormy Weather

A storm moving onshore brought strong winds followed by rain showers to the Rogue Valley Thursday morning, and a string of similar storms could continue through the weekend, the National Weather Service in Medford reported.

Meteorologist Mike Stavish said the strongest winds blew through between 7 and 10 a.m., when gusts of 45 mph were recorded in the Ashland area and peak winds hit about 40 mph at the Medford airport. A wind advisory remained in effect until 2 p.m.Thursday, but winds were quelled as showers swept into the area by late morning.

Things were plenty blustery at the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, which was open at the Medford armory for the second week of its season. Customers braved the wet, windy weather to buy wild mushrooms, baked goods, winter greens and a few spring starter plants.

"This is a good, potent winter storm with a strong, moist, southerly flow that's bringing heavy snow to Northern California," Stavish said.

An inch of rain was reported in Curry County, while the Illinois Valley reported 0.7 of an inch. About a foot of snow was reported around Mt. Shasta City by midmorning Thursday and a winter storm warning remains in effect across much of Siskiyou County until 5 a.m. today. Wind and snow could make travel difficult on Interstate 5 between Weed and Mount Shasta.

A strong chance of showers continues through the weekend, the forecast predicts.

"It stays stormy," Stavish said. "It doesn't change for the better."

He said another low-pressure system slides in tonight, delivering another dose of southwesterly winds, rain and snow in Northern California, where winter weather is expected through Saturday morning.

After a brief lull on Saturday afternoon, another storm much like Thursday's will sweep in with more wind and rain for the region on Sunday, he said.

"It's just crummy weather, not significantly hazardous," Stavish said.

Things will look up next week, though. He said showers will diminish by Tuesday, and nicer weather, with warmer temperatures and less chance of rain, will arrive late next week. The extended forecast calls for Medford to be mostly sunny and 68 by Thursday.

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