The height of the storm appears to be hitting in the 9am hour on the North Oregon Coast as the expected 2nd wave of wind is here.
Peak gusts in the past hour, all the strongest so far:
Astoria Airport: 67
Lincoln City: 85
Megler Hill (1,000′): 100
Naselle Ridge (2,000′): 106
The next 2 hours will be the height of the storm on the coast, then it’ll die down dramatically after 11am as the cold front sags south. It’ll be totally over (windwise) by 4pm everywhere north of Florence.
Here are the other storm highlights so far:
- Strong wind in the valleys has been almost totally confined to only the west of I-5 in the Woodburn-Clark County section. Peak gusts 40-50 mph at McMinnville, Forest Grove, and other areas westside. It’s a no-show (so far) westside, just 20-30 mph.
- As the front approaches even those areas should see increasingly strong wind through late afternoon, then it’ll back off dramatically during the evening rush hour. Gusts 35-50mph are possible anywhere until that time.
- Rainfall has been concentrated mostly west of I-5 from Portland south too. But as the front sags south the next 8 hours, so will the heavy rain
- Heaviest rain in the metro area and Salem will be midday through afternoon, then back off quickly after the evening commute.
- Ski areas have been saved by the slow movement of the front, hardly ANYTHING has fallen up there so far. Rain will arrive in the afternoon, but then change to snow after 7pm. Just 6 hours of heavy rain won’t ruin the snowpack too badly. The snowpack won’t wash away!
- The storm will be over this evening for most of us as the heavy rain shifts south and the wind calms down
- More rain/wind Tuesday and Wednesday, but just the usual gusty wind and less than 1″ more rain.
- Thanksgiving looks pretty decent, partly cloudy and probably dry
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen