UPDATED: Medford and Ashland under flood watch
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch that covers most of Jackson County, including Medford and Ashland, as well as eastern Curry and Josephine counties, the Siskiyou Mountains and the Southern Oregon Cascades. It is in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday.
"This heavy rain will cause small streams and creeks to rise rapidly, with minor flooding possible. The heavy rain may also cause some urban flooding," the advisory stated.
Landslides and debris flows are possible, so so areas below steep slopes in canyons and near canyon mouths could be at risk. Ponding on roadways is also likely in spots.
As of 8 a.m., close to nine-tenths of an inch of rain had fallen at the Medford airport over the past 24 hours, according to Weather Service meteorologist Misty Duncan. Parts of Central Point and Eagle Point recorded three-quarters of an inch, while Grants Pass and parts of the Illinois Valley received close to nine-tenths of an inch.
More than 1.3 inches of rain is forecast to fall in Medford between 6 a.m. today and 11 p.m. Thursday. Nearly 1.5 inches is expected to hit Ashland during the same stretch, with close to 2 inches in Grants Pass and almost 3 inches in Cave Junction.
A winter storm warning remains in effect for higher elevations. An updated forecast calls for up to a foot above 5,000 feet in the Cascades, with up to 8 inches near Mount Ashland in the Siskiyous.
About 8 inches fell overnight at Crater Lake, according to meteorologist Charles Smith. Close to 2 feet is forecast to fall in the Crater Lake and Diamond Lake areas by late afternoon.