High winds forecast tonight

Strong storm expected to lash metro area, region

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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A high wind warning has been issued for Clark County tonight as the region gets lashed by a powerful storm.

The winds should start to pick up around 6 p.m. and persist through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Peak gusts could exceed 50 mph.

The strongest winds, of 30 mph and more, are expected between midnight and 6 a.m.

The Weather Service warned that power disruptions are likely in the region due to the combination of high winds and saturated soils, which can blow trees into power lines.

Driving may also be hazardous, particularly with tall vehicles or in areas exposed to winds, such as the Interstate 205 bridge.

Between a quarter inch and a half inch of new rainfall may accompany tonight's windstorm, on top of what will fall during the daylight hours today.

A third of an inch of rain fell Saturday at Pearson Field in Vancouver, according to the weather service.

Heavy snow is forecast in the Cascades and parts of Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon. A blizzard warning is in effect for the Blue Mountains and the portion of Interstate 84 that passes through them.

The weather service expects Vancouver to remain well above freezing, with temperatures in the low 40s, rising slightly overnight as the storm system passes into the valleys.