Strong Winter Storm Issues Warnings

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

A strong system is set to move through the area tonight into tomorrow. Ahead of the storm, the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western slopes of the Cascades until 6 p.m. Monday. A combination of heavy snowfall and strong winds will cause blowing snow and may reduce visibility to less than 1/4 mile. Snow levels will be near 1,500 feet tonight; snow accumulation will be 1-2 feet above 3,000 feet and 2-3 feet above 4,000 feet.

High Wind Warning has also been issued for Western Oregon. The strongest winds will be along the coast; beaches and headlands can expect sustained winds 35-50 mph with gusts 70-85 mph. Coastal and Coast Range communities can expect winds 30-45 mph with gusts 55-70 mph. The Willamette Valley and Cascade foothills can expect winds 30-45 mph with gusts 50-60 mph.

The winds will die down Monday night, scattered showers will continue. Another storm will swing through Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing another round of heavy rain, breezy conditions and snow to communities around 1,000 feet.

Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

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