Medford and Ashland could receive up to a half-inch of rain over the next two days under a series of new storms strong enough to trigger flood and wind watches over most of western Jackson County.
The National Weather Service warns that rain atop recent snow could trigger enough runoff to cause flooding of small streams and creeks in urban areas, but no flooding of rivers like the Rogue and Chetco was anticipated late Monday.
The series of storms began late Monday and the heaviest rains are expected this afternoon through Wednesday evening, according to the weather service.
Forecast call for Medford and Ashland to receive one-quarter to one-half inch of rain, while Grants Pass could see as much as an inch of rain, according to the weather service.
If it materializes as forecast, the storms will be the strongest rain-wise to hit the valley since Christmas Eve, when nearly an inch of rain was registered in Medford, according to the weather service.
With temperatures expected today as high as 54 degrees in Medford, the snow level will rise comparably to about 7,000 feet today before dropping Wednesday to about 5,500 feet Wednesday.
That’s equally good new for drivers who can expect to avert snow at Interstate 5’s Siskiyou Summit as well as skiers and snowboarders who can expect to see more snow on Mt. Ashland.
However, the storms include a wind watches that include the southern portion of the Rogue Valley, which could see gusts similar to those that caused damage and strew debris Saturday, according to the weather service.
“Wind gusts could be up to 45 mph, and that’s about as strong as we saw Saturday, when he had custs close to 50 mph,” meteorologist Brad Schaaf said.
While Medford is part of that wind advisory, the brunt of the blow will be in the Ashland-Talent-Phoenix areas, Schaaf said.
On the coast, Brookings can expect up to 3 inches of rain and wind gusts similar to those in the Rogue Valley, Schaaf said.