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Residents in the snowiest parts of Oregon are reporting roof collapses following a series of winter storms. One such collapse took place at the Highland Magnet at Kenwood School in the Bend-La Pine School District.

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Meteorologists say this winter is likely to be slightly colder than average because we are in a weak La Nina year. Some years there are very clear signs if it will be a La Nina or El Nino. Sometimes the signals are conflicting and aren’t easy to interpret.

Heavy rains in the lowlands and heavy snow in the mountains are making holiday travel tricky.

U.S. Highway 12 at White Pass is still closed to all but local residents both east and west. The state’s Department of Transportation is working to clear three rockslides and one washout. But there is still no estimate for reopening the highway.

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2014 was the hottest year on record. That was according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In the Northwest, temperatures also rose above normal.

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.

The hottest year for both states is still 1934, when the Dust Bowl plagued the West.

Karin Bumbaco is the assistant state climatologist in Washington.

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There is a lot of clean up underway across western Oregon and Washington after a wind storm hammered the region Thursday night.

In Olympia’s South Capitol neighborhood, there was a harrowing moment. A tree toppled into power lines and onto a parked car. Scott Freeman lives on the block.

“It was a pretty loud shudder of the whole house because it pulled my lines off the side of my house. So, it yanked all the lines. I didn’t actually hear the tree go down, but the transformer exploded,” Freeman said.

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The lights are back on for many of those who lost power during the windstorm that walloped western Oregon and Washington Thursday night. But repair crews are still hard at work across the region.

Mark Vosburg is a utility contractor for Potelco. He said he expects to work 39 hours, have six of them off, and then work another 18 hour shift.

“Once you’re out here and you’re out running around, you’re just awake,” Vosburg said.

Vosburg expressed he looks forward to this time of year in his line of business.

NOAA Climate Prediction Center

On this first day of spring, we get a seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service. It calls for a warmer-than-average spring west of the Cascades and normal temperatures and rainfall across the inland Northwest. There's also no let-up seen for drought conditions in California, and parts of Oregon and southwest Idaho. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

How To Stay Cool When It's Too Hot

Jul 5, 2013
By Jessica Robinson

The heat wave that's hit the Northwest is expected to linger on through the weekend keeping temperatures above 100 in Boise; in the 80's in Seattle; close to 90 in the Tri Cities. In this normally temperate region, a lot of people don’t have air conditioning. Jessica Robinson went in search of alternative cooling techniques – and the answer to that age-old question: is it better to point the fan out the window or into the room?

The weather forecast calls for an abrupt switch from cloudy and showery to a heat wave beginning as soon as Thursday. Next week could start with the hottest days of the year so far in many places around the Northwest.

For Portland, the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 88 on Sunday and 91 on Monday.

For Seattle, a high of around 80 on Monday.

Spokane could see the mercury hit 96 on Sunday and near 99 by Tuesday.

Boise and Medford could hit triple digits by Saturday and 105 degrees on Monday.