Storms set rain records, but drier weather's coming

Storms set rain records, but drier weather's coming

Weekend storms dropped record quantities of rain in Jackson and Josephine counties, with counts ranging from 2.5 to almost 7 inches from Thursday to midnight Sunday.

Medford received 3.73 inches during the period, while parts of Ashland received as much as 3.25 inches, Central Point got 2.5 inches, and Grants Pass saw a whopping 6.85 inches.

Medford set a record for Oct. 16, with 1.12 inches. The previous record, 0.56 inches, was set in 1969, weather officials said.

Grants Pass got 1.94 inches Sunday, beating the previous record of 1.5 inches set in 1947.

Ashland saw 0.9 inches Sunday, short of the record set in 1947 of 1.01 inches.

The storm also dumped 14 inches of fresh snow at Crater Lake, according to the National Weather Service. The Mt. Ashland Ski Area's web cam on Monday showed what appeared to be a few inches of snow at the base but the website still listed the snowpack there as zero.

More rain is expected today in parts of southwestern Oregon, and showers could continue into Wednesday.

"After that, the trend should be drier and warmer," said meteorologist Misty Duncan. "(Not) warmer as in hot, but warmer as in warmer than it has been."

High temperatures later in the week are expected to rise back to the 60s and 70s in Medford and the low- to mid-60s for Ashland and the southern Rogue Valley.

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