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Blustery day in store for Medford

Medford could see wind gusts up to 54 mph on Thursday morning when a wet and windy system comes to town.

The National Weather Service said Rogue Valley residents, especially those on the valley's south end, should brace for power outages and falling trees. Motorists should be prepared for slick roads at lower elevations and some snow in the higher passes. The agency reported that the strongest activity will be during the morning, but that winds should continue through the afternoon. 

Snow levels will lower from about 6,000 feet Thursday afternoon to about 3,500 to 4,000 feet Thursday night. Up to four inches of snow is expected to fall on parts of Dead Indian Memorial Road and at Lake of the Woods between 4 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, with up to two inches at the Siskiyou Summit. Up to a foot is expected at Crater Lake and Diamond Lake. 

Down in the valley, up to three-tenths of an inch of rain is expected. Up to three inches is forecast to fall farther west in the coastal mountains of Curry County. 

— Ryan Pfeil