Rain totals have exceeded 4″ and 5″ in some parts of the Coastline, and 3″ for parts of the Cascades and West Side. Medford has now seen the second wettest September in history, with the rain total for the month roughly 2.36.” The average precipitation value for the month of September is about a half an inch. Just in the last 24 hours the airport received 0.70″ of rain — this is very impressive for the Rogue Valley in such a short amount of time, as we are all aware of the little rainfall we see year round.
An area of low pressure has intensified to our north, and another wave of energy is expected to drive inland this evening. With it, will come stronger winds and intensifying rain again. High wind warnings and wind advisories remain in effect through 11pm this evening. Flash flood watches are also in effect for the burn areas from the recent wildfires. Mudslides and debris flow is a concern, especially for the western fringes of the Big Windy Complex as well as the Highway 96 and Salmon River Road area.
By Monday morning we’ll begin to see rainfall wrapping up and becoming more in the way of showers, especially the further east you go. Most inland areas will become dry into the afternoon under mostly cloudy skies. Another weak disturbance will move through Tuesday but this will bring chances for rain mainly to coastal sections.
Sunshine finally returns into Wednesday for the East Side and Thursday for the Valley. A stretch of dry and warm weather will stay with us into the weekend.
Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese