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Wind and rain expected to drive out the fog

Moderate wind and rain this weekend are forecast to put an end to the recent dense morning fog, according to the National Weather Service.

The inbound storm isn’t anywhere near “bomb cyclone” caliber, but it will be a significant system for the region, weather officials said.

“The air’s going to clear. We’re not going to be looking at dense fog,” said meteorologist Shad Keene. “Big change in the weather.”

If you haven’t hung Christmas lights on your house, you may want to wait a few days, thanks to winds coming from the south-southeast. Gusts in Ashland could climb as high as 35 mph, with 20 mph gusts expected in Medford. The strongest winds are expected to rattle the region Friday, Keene said.

Most of the rain is expected to fall Saturday night into Sunday morning.

“The majority of the front end of this system will mostly be dry,” Keene said. “You’ll see rain happening around the mountains, and they’ll be getting it, but Medford will stay dry for a while, and then as the low pushes inland on Saturday night, Sunday, that’s when we’ll get the precipitation.”

Anywhere from about a half-inch to nearly 0.9 inch of rain is expected to fall between Ashland and Grants Pass from Friday through Sunday morning, the Weather Service reported Thursday.

About 1.82 inches is expected to fall in Cave Junction, with about as much expected at Crater Lake. In Northern California, Mount Shasta is expected to see 4.16 inches of rain.

“Just like a lot of the systems you’ve had so far this winter, this is a deep southerly flow, so south winds way high up in the atmosphere, and that favors Northern California for the most precipitation,” Keene said.

Snow levels with the system are generally expected to stay above 6,000 feet.

The fog is expected to start returning Monday or Tuesday, the Weather Service said.

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