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Thunderstorms should soon be behind us

Friday’s forecast calls for rain, but a storm system passing through Jackson County is expected to clear by the weekend.

In the wake of a handful of storm systems that brought thunderstorms to Jackson County Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings, Jackson County should see only rain Friday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Frederick Bunnag.

Friday’s forecast in Jackson County is expected to be cool, with a probability of rain around 70 percent, although more storms are expected east of the Siskiyous into Klamath and Siskiyou counties.

“We don’t think the systems are going to cross the mountains,” Bunnag said.

As of Thursday evening, one storm system had moved northeasterly from Medford into Eagle Point, while another had split from Gold Hill past Jacksonville.

Another storm was expected to move northwest from Shady Cove into Douglas County, according to Bunnag.

Close to a dozen lighting strikes were recorded early Thursday evening.

The storm systems Thursday evening brought 10 cloud-to-ground strikes and 50 “flashes” or cloud-to-cloud strikes.

Clouds are forecast to clear by Saturday in the Medford area, bringing warm temperatures for the remainder of Memorial Day weekend. In Medford, high temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s Saturday and rise to the low to mid 80s by Sunday and Monday.

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