Wind Buffets Northwest, Snow Could Follow

Mar 12, 2012

High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington Monday. The National Weather Service reported gusts of more than 80 miles-per-hour on the Oregon coast.

Inland valleys weren't spared. Some gusts topped 50 miles-per-hour in Salem, where falling limbs damaged cars and homes. And more unsettled weather could be on the way.

"As the front kind of moves through and we kind of get rid of the wind threat, very cold air is going to move into the area," says Tyree Wild, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Portland. "So we have some threat of low-elevation snow again, which is kind of odd to be talking about low elevation snow in the middle of March."

Heavy snow is forecast in the Cascade mountains. Winter storm warnings are in effect Monday night for both the Cascades and Coast Range in Oregon and Washington.

The weather is expected to return to more typical mid-March form later this week.

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