Low Center To Bring Gusty Winds Saturday Night, Jan. 5, 2019

A low pressure track this evening (Saturday night) will bring a period of gusty winds, heavy rain and possible thunderstorms.  Weather alerts for possible high winds have been posted by the NWS from 8:00 pm until 4:00 am Sunday. Worst case scenario shows a period of 1-3 hours of high south to east wind gusts in the valley between 40-50 mph.  However, the low center may not be strong enough to produce gusty winds of more than 25-35 mph, except near the gorge, where east winds seem certain to spike into the 40s.

At this morning hour before 7:00 a.m. most weather data does not support a high wind event, however because of the low pressure center track, right over Portland and arriving from the southwest, tonight's weather should be watched closely and it is certainly best advice to be prepared for possible power outages and spotty wind damage. 

Meteorologist Rod Hill