Hurricane-force winds hit along Oregon coast

A hurricane force wind warning was issued for the coast

Coastal gusts could top 60 to 70 mph on Tuesday, March 9, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hurricane-force winds hit along the Oregon coast Wednesday afternoon, with coastal gusts topping 60 to 70 mph.

The cold front brought a period of heavy rain Wednesday night, with the rain tapering and wind easing early Thursday.

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The Columbia River Bar is closed because of choppy seas.

The valley experienced winds gusting to near 40 mph.

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Rain will come in waves and could be heavy at times, especially Wednesday evening as the front closes in. Rain amounts are expected to range between .50” – 1.0” in most areas, but those who have heavier downpours could see a bit more. Coastal areas could see near an inch or slightly higher.

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More snow will fly in the Cascades, but most of that will come down early Wednesday. Snow levels started around 3,500’ in the morning and 4-8” of snow could fall before snow levels increase to around 6,500’ by Wednesday night. Snow levels will stay right around 4,000’ over the weekend, so additional accumulations are likely for our ski resorts.

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The weather will stay active into the weekend with periods of rain and snow for the Cascades.

 

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