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UPDATED: The storm door is open: More rain on the way in Southern Oregon

The storm door is open in Southern Oregon and is expected to stay that way into next week, with new storms and possible flooding predicted in the days leading up to Christmas.

A new system is forecast to arrive early Monday, with periods of heavy snowfall possible in the Cascades and Siskiyous, the summary reads. Snow levels are then expected to drop to about 3,500 to 4,000 feet by Tuesday night. The Siskiyou Summit could see up to four inches of snow Monday into Tuesday, though Sexton Summit is less likely to be impacted much. Up to a foot of new snow could fall on Dead Indian Memorial Road, with up to 16 inches predicted at Lake of the Woods. 

Snow levels are expected to drop to about 2,500 feet by Thursday, then to 1,500 feet by Friday, though additional snowfall on those days is expected to be scant. 

"Overall it'll be very, very scarce," said meteorologist Brad Schaaf. 

Between Monday and Wednesday, close to 2½ inches of rain is expected to fall in Medford. 

Weather officials are keeping an eye out for possible flooding as the wet weather continues. They have issued a potential flood outlook for Monday through Thursday next week.

"Rainfall combined with some lower and mid elevation snow melt will greatly increase the risk of flooding of streams, creeks, and rivers across the area," the notice reads. "Additionally, landslides will be possible, especially in areas that have burned in recent years."

Over the past 24 hours, Medford has seen close to four-tenths of an inch, according to meteorologist Charles Smith. Nearly seven-tenths of an inch have fallen at Eagle Point, with nine-tenths at Lost Creek Dam and more than an inch near Prospect. Ashland saw just over one-tenth of an inch.

Wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph were recorded at various spots across the Rogue Valley overnight. 

Medford is already far above average for December rainfall. Schaaf said 5.42 inches have already fallen in the city, well above the 3.49-inch average for the entire month. So far, it's been the 16th wettest December on record.

"We will likely be moving up," Schaaf said. 

The said, we're still a ways away from the December rainfall record: 12.72 inches in 1964. 

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.