Winds Advisory and a Weather Statement from the NWS (Updated)

Posted on January 9, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and a Weather Statement,

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST SATURDAY FOR 
South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph, with the strongest winds over 
exposed hills.

In Washington, I-5 Corridor in Cowlitz County and Greater Vancouver Area. In Oregon,
Lower Columbia, Greater Portland Metro Area, Central Willamette Valley and South
Willamette Valley.

From 1 PM Friday to 4 AM PST Saturday.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and
a few power outages may result. Saturated soils along with gusty winds can increase
the chances for larger trees to fall over.

There will be two periods of higher winds, the first on Friday afternoon and the 
second on Friday evening into early Saturday morning.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Weather Statement:

A VERY WET AND INCREASINGLY COLD WEATHER PATTERN FOR THE NEXT WEEK, INCLUDING 
CHANCES FOR LOWLAND SNOW NEXT WEEK.

A long series weather disturbances will move across the Pacific Northwest beginning
Friday, and continues through much of next week. These weather systems will bring 
periods of heavy snow to the Cascades and the potential for moderate to heavy rain 
at lower elevations through Sunday. Two significant cold frontal passages are also
expected, which will bring lowering snow levels from Saturday night into next week, 
with an increasing risk of snow reaching the valley floors next week.

Much colder air is expected to spread into southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
early next week, potentially cold enough to bring snow levels down to the valley 
floor. While specifics on accumulation amounts, areal distribution, and/or timing of
snow remain uncertain, we continue to have confidence in some risk for low elevation
snow next week. Now is a good time to make sure you are prepared in the event that 
all of the necessary ingredients come together for low elevation snows and associated
travel impacts during the middle part of next week.
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