Local forecast: Icy temps to follow the rain
Freezing overnight temperatures are in the forecast for the next several days following a deluge of rain that soaked southwestern Oregon.
The National Weather Service said much of the region west of the Cascades, including Jackson County, could drop down as low as the teens to the low 20s during the night through Sunday.
"In the 20s for basically three or four nights in a row," said meteorologist Shad Keene.
This follows a recent downpour that soaked much of Jackson County, and even triggered flood warnings and watches across the area. A flood warning was in effect today until mid-morning following overnight rains, due to high water levels recorded in Little Butte Creek. A flood watch lasted until noon for most of southwestern Oregon as meteorologists continued to monitor landslide and debris flow activity.
Rain drenched multiple spots. In Shady Cove, 1 3/4 inches fell, while more than 1 1/2 inches fell in Medford and Central Point, according to Weather Service data. More than 2 inches fell in Grants Pass, while Ashland received just over an inch. Emigrant Lake also received nearly 1 1/2 inches. Merlin and Sexton Summit got drenched by almost 4 inches of rain, while more than 7 reportedly fell in Brookings.
A tree fell and damaged power lines outside Central Point late Thursday morning, knocking out power for more than 3,600 Pacific Power customers in Central Point and Medford, according to the company's website.
The Rogue River jumped close to flood level at Dodge Bridge in Sams Valley and at Grants Pass, thanks to close to 50 percent higher-than-expected runoff, according to the NOAA Northwest River Forecast Center. The flows triggered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to slash water releases from Lost Creek Lake while the river was rising late Wednesday, according to the Corps. Flows were dramatically dropping by late morning.
The rain also resulted in standing water on multiple roadways, meteorologist Michelle Cohen said. The Weather Service received multiple reports of 4- to 5-inch puddles of standing water at various spots along Highway 238. Standing water was also reported on the Rogue River Highway north of the Depot Bridge, on roads in Shady Cove and along Highway 199. Vehicles crept through high water on Bateman Drive near Table Rock Road.
Higher up, Crater Lake received nearly 2 feet of snow in 48 hours. A foot of snow fell at Lake of the Woods by Tuesday night, but turned to rain. Mount Ashland received about 5 inches over the same period, too, but that also turned to rain.
Weather officials said the freezing temperatures and excess water from the storm could make for icy roads and freezing fog in spots.
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