Storm forecast: Windy Friday in western Oregon; 5 to 10 inches of new snow in Cascades

From the National Weather Service in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - A spring storm will deliver gusty winds to the coast and Willamette Valley Thursday night and Friday - and dump snow on the Cascades this weekend, the National Weather Service in Portland said Thursday.

Forecasters have issued a High Wind Warning for Florence and the Oregon Coast, in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The storm is expected to deliver south winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph along beaches and headlands. Coast communities can expect winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph.

"If these winds develop, they could cause tree damage and lead to power outages," forecasters said. "Winds of this magnitude may also make driving hazardous."

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A Wind Advisory for the Willamette Valley is in efect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, with the strongest winds expected between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The forecast calls for south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 or 50 mph.

"A developing storm over the eastern Pacific will swing toward the Pacific Northwest late Thursday night and track from south to north off the Oregon and Washington coast Friday," forecasters said. "As the storm nears it will likely bring gusty winds. The coast and coastal mountains areas may have gusts of 40 to 50 mph Friday morning through afternoon. Also depending on the eventual track of the storm, the Willamette Valley and interior lowlands in southwest Washington could see gusts of 30 to 40 mph Friday afternoon into early evening."

The snow level will fall below mountain passes in the Cascades this weekend, delivering a fresh layer of snow.

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"Expect snow covered roads crossing the Cascade passes this weekend with around 5 to 10 inches of snow is possible at pass levels from Friday night through Sunday," forecasters said.

That could make for an excellent day of skiing in April.

Willamette Pass ski area remains open on Saturdays and Sundays. The ski area reported a base of 75 inches at the lodge.

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