Flood watch, wind advisory in effect for Jackson County

Flood watch, wind advisory in effect for Jackson County

Heavy rain and melting snow across Southern Oregon and Northern California have weather officials on the lookout for flooding until late this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch until 10 p.m., according to a bulletin. From 1 to 4 inches of rain are expected, with the largest amounts in Josephine and Siskiyou counties, and along the coast. Up to 8 inches of rain could fall in the Coast Range.

"In some areas inland from the coast, snowmelt will combine to add inflows into area streams, creeks and rivers," the Weather Service bulletin said.

As much as 2 inches of rain could fall above 7,000 feet, forecasters said, leading to rapid melting of the snowpack, and the possibility of small-stream flooding, mudslides and debris flows.

The heaviest rain is expected between now and this afternoon.

A wind advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. in Jackson County. Southeast winds of up to 30 mph, with 45 mph gusts, are forecast. Ashland, Talent and east Medford are included in the coverage area.

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