Batten down the hatches! Just wrapped up a weather briefing with Portland National Weather Service. They are following a very active storm pattern that will be sending some strong, damaging winds our way. The forecast predicts very heavy winds tonight, the strongest between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. They anticipate 30-45 mph sustained winds, with gusts from 45-60 mph in our area. The coast will have even heavier winds around 70-85 mph.
They also put out a blizzard warning for the Cascades for very heavy snow and unusually strong winds. Travel across the Cascades will be treacherous for the next 24 hours.
This is a good time to make sure you know where your flashlights and batteries are located and tie down anything that might fly away (like your giant inflatable Santa or the reindeer decorations on the roof). We will update more if new information becomes available.