More scattered showers and lightning expected

Meteorologists are counting on a wet, windy day with some lightning in the Rogue Valley today, followed by two days of sun before circling back to wet weather Friday.

A storm moving through the area this morning was the second of the day, moving from the northwest to the southeast. Scattered showers and several lightning strikes were reported near Rogue River and northern Central Point near Blackwell Hill, with additional reports of 20 mph winds and 32 mph gusts.

"It's weakening a bit," National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Weygand said around 11:15 a.m. "This is really the main event that's coming through right now. We could have some more."

The first bout of rain moved through between 4 and 7 a.m. today, with about 25 lightning strikes confined to Jackson County's southeast corner near Ashland. Oregon Department of Forestry officials are tracking down reports of smoke on Copco Road and Chinquapin Mountain, both likely originating from lightning strikes.

Friday's storm cell is expected to bring one-tenth of an inch of rain to Jackson County. The upper level low will originate off the coast, dropping moderate to heavy rain on the coast, but depleting in strength as it moves inland.

— Ryan Pfeil

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