WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports another Pacific storm is expected to reach the Washington and Oregon coasts this morning. The system will bring periods of heavy rain, snow in the higher elevations and strong coastal wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
NWS forecasters expect Oregon to feel the brunt of the storm, while Washington will experience minimal effects. The northern and central Oregon coast should see the greatest wind gusts with wind speeds of 35 mph and higher gusts of up to 60 mph. NWS has issued a high wind watch is in effect for Cape Lookout to Florence. High winds are expected to diminish by Wednesday evening.
The higher elevations of the Cascade Mountains across northern Oregon and southern Washington should received significant snowfall from this system. NWS forecasters have issued a snow advisory for the area. Up to ten inches could fall along elevations above 4,000 feet by Thursday.
This system is forecast to slowly move out of the area Thursday. However, NWS forecasters are watching an even stronger system that should arrive by the weekend.