PORTLAND, Oregon — The first of two fronts is arriving this morning in what will be a 60 hour storm event, ending Saturday morning. For the coast and the I-5 corridor, we will simply see rain at times with breezy west winds. Portland might see rain totals the next 2 days top 1/2 inch. West winds to 25 mph are generally expected.
The Cascades are under a Winter Storm Warning until early Saturday. Two to three feet of snow will fall in that time frame. The snow level will remain between 2,000 and 2,500 feet most hours, with the heaviest snow falling at the passes and above. Snow totals up to 20" could fall over the Blue Mountains and areas of Baker County.
Also, a Wind Advisory takes hold today through Friday for the east gorge, the Columbia Basin and central Oregon. Strongest west winds will blow Friday with peak gusts reaching 55 mph.
For the west side of Oregon, including Portland, showers will taper off Saturday morning and the remainder of the weekend will be dry.
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