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Significant river rises coming following heavy rain

 Posted: 8:15 AM November 16, 2012

Rivers and streams in Jackson and Josephine counties will see significant rises following heavy rains predicted for Saturday, Nov. 17, through Wednesday, Nov. 21, National Weather Service officials said.

Water levels for the Rogue River near Gold Ray Dam are expected to rise by as much as five feet by Tuesday, Nov. 20.

"It'll be steadily rising from tonight through Tuesday night into Wednesday and then gradually falling back after that," said Shad Keene, meteorologist.

Meteorologists said up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in Medford during that period. West of the Cascades, it will be much wetter, possibly as much as 10 inches by Wednesday.

"The primary concern is Coast Range in terms of any flooding potential," Keene said. "(Inland) rivers will be rising, but at this point, it doesn't look like the Rogue River will flood. But people need to stay tuned as the forecast becomes more refined"

The rainfall is the result of three significant weather systems moving into the area, starting Saturday.

"It looks like the strongest system will be Monday night into Tuesday morning," Keene said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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