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Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday April 2, 2010 - 12:25 PM
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The Oregon Coast was battered with heavy rain and wind this morning and gusts up to 55 mpg are expected in the Valley. High Wind Warning- Oregon and SW Wash. Coast:All  South wind gusts near 80 mph are still possible between 10 am- 1pm.  The heaviest rain as passed...although thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.  Wind dies down by dinnertime tonight.Wind Advisory- Lower Columbia, Willamette Valley and Central Oregon.  It's gonna blow around here.  Look for S 20-30 mph winds, gusting to 55 mph at times.. especially between 11 am and 3pm.  Rain will turn to showers in the next two hours.

Winter Storm Warning- Cascades & Blue Mountains.  Up to two feet of snow is possible by the end of the day.. especially 3000 feet and higher.  It will be an absolute white-out up there much of the day... with wind gusts from the south near 50 miles per hour in spots.

Thankfully, tonight will be calmer with showers and lows in the upper 30s.  Showers continue tomorrow with highs in the low 50s. However, rain begins again on Easter Sunday.. right now timing shows the afternoon will be wettest.