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Strong winds could be here through Tuesday

 Posted: 7:00 AM November 19, 2012

Winds could reach speeds as high as 30 mph with 40 mph gusts for Medford and Ashland today, National Weather Service officials reported this morning.

The winds may cause damage in many locations around Jackson County. As of 7:30 a.m., no large-scale power outages had been reported in Southern Oregon, according to Pacific Power's website, though two reports of trees falling into power lines were reported in Ashland.

NWS officials have enacted a wind advisory, which will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

A high wind warning is in effect for areas of higher elevation just south of Ashland, with winds as high as 60 mph and gusts up to 75 mph. Mt. Ashland will be hit, as will Crater Lake National Park. The high wind warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. today until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The southerly winds will cover much of Southwest Oregon and Northern California. They are expected to increase into the evening hours and may extend into Tuesday afternoon.

The winds are part of a strong front moving into the region. The Cascades and Siskiyou Mountains will see a sizable increase in wind speed. Canyonville, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Roseburg, Medford and Ashland all will see high winds today.

Motorists could be impacted by the weather, especially those in high-profile vehicles. Travel on Interstate 5, along with highways 199 and 42 could be impacted. Check www.tripcheck.com for traveling updates.

— Ryan Pfeil


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