High winds slam East County, Columbia Gorge

Last week saw winds of up to 107 mph in the Columbia River Gorge. KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said Thursday will be windy, but perhaps not that much.

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 3:14 PM

PORTLAND -- Expect a windy day Thursday with strong gusts in eastern Multnomah County and near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge.

KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said Thursday that he expected a windy day ahead with gusts up to 80 mph at Crown Point.

The winds were strong enough to push a skateboarder uphill when KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan visited the popular tourist area late Thursday morning.

"Yeah, it was pushing me good," said skateboarder D Hart.

"It's pretty windy when it's knocking over a 350-pound gentleman like myself," added Jerrod Miller. "That takes a pretty good gust!"

The strong winds also made for some huge whitecaps in the Columbia River near the Corbett exit to Interstate 84.

Most of the Portland Metro area, however, can anticipate wind gusts only around 30 mph. with temperatures in the 30s and 40s.  Troutdale, Washougal and communities in East County, along with the Columbia River Gorge, may see winds closer to 50 to 60 mph.

Allard said to expect clear conditions Thursday and Friday as we head into what should be a cloudy but dry weekend.

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