March is supposed to come "in like a lion", but....it's only February! Well, OK, it's really not a huge storm so maybe this is just practice.
The weather service advised us that "after a relatively benign weather period which lulled the area into tranquility, Mother Nature will shake things up again". She appears to be doing just that with a little surprise wind advisory. Cowlitz County currently has a Wind Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. this evening. Winds gusting to 40-50 mph have already been reported at Portland and Salem airports and they are expected to continue throughout this evening.
In the higher terrain near the coastal mountains (northwest corner of Cowlitz County) higher sustained winds of 35-45, with gusts up to 70 mph are expected. This small section of our county has a High Wind Warning, as well as Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties.
Gusty winds may result in downed trees or tree limbs which could in turn cause power outages. Now would be a good time to familiarize yourself with our preparedness information - Windstorms, Power Outages and Home Generator Safety would be my recommendations for your reading pleasure. Stay warm and stay safe!