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Strong winds blow through

Jackson County was hit with high winds and steady rain — late Monday evening and early this morning thanks to a storm front from — the Gulf of Alaska.

The high winds caused several downed power lines and trees — in the Ashland and Talent area.

Meteorologist Mark Berteau, based at the National Weather — Service in Medford, estimated Ashland received wind gusts of up to 50 — mph.

He said the storm came onshore late Monday night and brought — steady rains and high winds throughout the region, with wind gusts of — 80 mph reported near Gold Beach, and a winter storm warning for parts — of Siskiyou County in Northern California.

Scott Johnson, operations superintendent for the City — of Ashland Electric Utilities, said a power outage left approximately — 1,000 Ashland residents without power.

He said one of their feeder lines burned out at about — 11:30 p.m. Monday, causing power to go out on Morton Street, Iowa Street, — and parts of Ashland Street. Johnson said power was completely restored — about three hours later.

Chad Pisors, a firefighter with Jackson County Fire District — No. 5, said firefighters responded to four downed power lines and four — downed trees in the Ashland, Talent and Phoenix area beginning at about — 5 this morning. A downed tree was reported on Highway 99 and a downed — power line was reported on Talent Avenue. Crews were able to quickly remove — the debris from the roadway and there was no major traffic delays, Pisors — said. Power outages were reported in the Neil Creek area this morning, — with power restored a short time later, he said.

Ashland Fire & Rescue reported the limbs of a tree tangled — on some power lines near a residence on Ohio Street, causing the power — to go out at that home early this morning. Power was restored a short — time later.

Berteau said it appears the heavy winds should die down — by this afternoon, bringing steady rain showers throughout the day and — into the evening hours. In a 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. today, 1.2 — inches of rain was reported in the Dead Indian Memorial Highway area, — he said.

Snow showers are expected in elevations over 4,000 feet — beginning tonight, with 2 to 5 inches of snow accumulations expected, — Berteau said.

Since Sunday, the Mt. Ashland Ski Area has had about — 7 inches of new snow, said Marketing Director Rick Saul.

He said this was "very typical" for this time of year.

Saul said while in some areas, the snow is 7 to 8 inches — deep, other parts are only 2 to — inches deep.

He said the ski area will need more snow storms to receive — the 24 inches of snow base needed to open the ski area, tentatively scheduled — for Nov. 24.