I can’t believe it, I just composed a post on a busy weather night and it disappeared! So let’s try again.
Morning model runs clearly didn’t catch a deeper-than-expected low moving inland over Astoria right now headed for Central Washington. Similar to a January 1989 windstorm. Within the next 2 hours as it passes by to the north it’ll be in a perfect spot to pull southerly winds straight up the valley. Gusts at 8pm reached 39 mph here at our station, 38 at PDX and 36 at TTD. With the warm airmass and good mixing in place, I think 50 mph gusts are likely 9pm-2am or so. This may be the strongest wind so far this season in the metro area (at least southerly wind).