Strong winds will slam coast and valley while winter weather impacts Cascades

Windy weather at Boiler Bay on Jan. 4, 2018 photo courtesy Kenneth Grant

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northwest Oregon is about to get slammed with wind Saturday night and Sunday morning. The National Weather Service in Portland issued a wind advisory and a high wind warning for parts of the state.

A high wind warning for the Coast and Coast Range goes into effect at 6 p.m. Saturday and stays through 2 a.m. Sunday. Gusts could be in the 30 to 60 mph range this evening. Rain and embedded thunderstorms are possible at the coast late tonight into tomorrow, too.

The I-5 corridor of Southwest Washington, the greater Portland metro area, and the Willamette Valley are expected to feel some impact from this system, too. The National Weather Service office in Portland has issued a wind advisory for those locations beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday and continuing through 4 Sunday morning. The strongest wind in the central and southern valley is expected Saturday evening between 8 and Midnight. The metro area and Southwest Washington should expect the strongest wind around midnight. Gusts will be in the 40 to 60 mph range, especially on some of the higher hills.

Rain looks to add up pretty quickly through Sunday in the lowlands. Mountain snow will also be piling up down below pass level to about 2,000 feet by Monday morning. Computer models are forecasting anywhere from 6 to 10 inches, or more, of new snow, especially on Sunday. Strong gusty wind conditions will begin to affect the local resorts later today; before night skiing is completed for the day.

A winter weather advisory goes into effect for the Cascades of Washington and Oregon at 7 Saturday evening, and stays posted all the way through midnight. Driving conditions will change rapidly Saturday night and Sunday morning through the Cascade passes. Make sure you're prepared and adhere to road condition rules. Find out more on the current conditions at www.tripcheck.com

More rain and mountain snow moves in Tuesday, but snow levels will jump to 6,000 feet. Another round of rain moves through Wednesday morning, quickly turning to showers by afternoon. Friday looks mainly dry across the region. The weekend may also be dry, but colder.

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