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High Wind Watch on Oregon Coast; Snow Advisory for Cascades

Snow showers in the north and central Oregon Cascades will continue today, slowly tapering off later this afternoon.

Santiam Pass
U.S. 20 @ Santiam Pass
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(SALEM, Ore. ) - A High Wind Watch is in effect from tonight through Thursday afternoon for the north and central Oregon Coast.

A strong pacific low pressure system will bring strong winds to the north and central Oregon Coast late tonight and into Thursday. South winds will increase to 35 to 45 MPH -- with peak wind gusts of up to 60 MPH are possible in coastal communities -- and 75 MPH along the headlands and beaches.

A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 MPH -- or gusts of 58 MPH or stronger may occur.

A Snow Advisory is in effect until 5:00 PM PDT today for the north and central Oregon Cascades.

Snow showers will continue today, slowly tapering off later this afternoon. The snow level will drop down to 3500 feet this morning. Snowfall today is expected to range from 3 to 6 inches above 4000 feet.

A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

Weather forecast for Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley today:

Showers - Heavy at Times - Highs around 55 -- South Wind 15 to 20 MPH

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