Wind Advisory For Strong East Winds

By Rod Hill on 2022-11-17

NWS issues a Wind Advisory (light brown shade) for the Portland and Vancouver metro areas today through 7:00 a.m. Friday. Gusty east winds 15-30 mph will return for much of the valley. The east side near the gorge could see 40-50 mph gusts. Also high winds of 40-50 mph are expected at elevations near and above 500 feet in the east wind zone out of the gorge, including Prune Hill and the West Hills. The more golden brown shade is a High Wind Warning for the west gorge where I-84 drivers may experience peak winds of 50-60 mph. Areas of elevation in the gorge may see gusts top 60 mph. Crown Point has already reported an 87 mph gust this week and winds today could near 100 mph.

The gray shade on the map is an Air Stagnation Advisory. Valley air quality at this hour is mostly good to moderate. The green shade is a Freezing Fog Advisory this morning for central Oregon.

The extreme east wind will calm a bit Friday and more so on Saturday. A return to a calmer westerly Pacific flow arrives Sunday as rain becomes possible for several days into the holiday week.

Rod Hill