WESTERN OREGON — A strong winter storm is making it’s way through western Oregon.
This storm carries a one-two punch, the first of which was what brought the high winds overnight. This part of the storm has now moved east of the Cascades.
Here are the peak wind gusts from overnight:
Mary’s Peak (Benton Co.): 101 mph
Mt. Hebo (Coast Range): 82 mph
Lincoln City: 81 mph
Newport: 76 mph
Albany: 54 mph
Portland: 47 mph
Eugene: 45 mph
Corvallis: 44 mph
The highest winds are over at this point, although it will continue to be breezy all day. The second part of this storm is going to bring in the colder air. The freezing level will come crashing down to about 500 feet early Tuesday while showers continue to bring in a combination of rain and snow.
The Cascades are under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. By the time this storm is done we’ll see 2-3 feet of snow at the passes. If you do not have to travel through the Cascades, avoid this area.
Here are the latest snow totals as of 7 a.m.:
Timberline Lodge: 14″
Santiam Pass: 20″
Willamette Pass: 8″
McKenzie Pass: 7″
Tombstone Pass: 4″
La Pine: 4″
Tuesday will likely bring a wintery mix to all of western Oregon. Showers early in the day will start as snow down to 500 feet, changing to rain in the afternoon, and then back to snow Wednesday morning above 1,000 feet. Click here for a list of local elevations.
The snow level will fluctuate between 2,000 and 3,000 feet for the remainder of the week. This means the passes will see several additional feet by the end of the week and the foothills will also continue to see several inches of snow.
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