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The National Weather Service is Reporting:
Winter Storm Ferus will bring potentially damaging winds, heavy snow and rain to the West for the start of Christmas week. Some snow from Ferus will also spread into the northern Plains early week.
Although the Northwest will remain unsettled much of this week with periods of rain and snow, the area of low pressure and cold front associated with Winter Storm Ferus will pack the biggest punch Monday into Tuesday. In the lower elevations of western Oregon and southwest Washington where snow is not expected, strong winds from Ferus will be a concern Monday, including the Portland, Oregon, metro area.
The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for much of western and north-central Oregon along with portions of southwestern and south-central Washington for the potential of damaging winds. This includes not only the typical windy coastal locations but also the Willamette Valley (Portland, Eugene, Salem) where gusts up to 65 mph are possible.
If the winds reach their highest potential, there could be widespread downed trees and power lines across the region, the National Weather Service says.
Heavy snow will pile up in the mountains of the West, courtesy of Winter Storm Ferus Monday into Tuesday. Additional snow is likely through late week as the jet stream sends a series of disturbances across the region.
The higher elevations from the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada to Utah’s Wasatch and the northern Rockies will likely measure snow in feet through midweek.
Some valley locations such as Spokane, Washington, will also see significant snowfall of up to 6 inches Monday into Tuesday. Light accumulations are possible in the Salt Lake City valley, though much heavier totals are likely in the benches.
Winter storm warnings and watches, as well as winter weather advisories have been issued for a large area in the West, including portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, western Wyoming, western Colorado, northern New Mexico, Utah’s Wasatch, Nevada and the Sierra Nevada.
The snow, especially combined with the wind, will make travel difficult through many passes in the region at times. This includes Interstate 90 through Snoqualmie Pass in Washington, which as of Friday had already seen more snow this season than they did during last year’s very dry winter (104 inches). Interstate 80 through Donner Pass in California may also be impacted by snow at times early this week.
Low pressure associated with Ferus will also track into the northern Plains Tuesday into Tuesday night. Up to 6 inches of snow is possible in northern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. This includes Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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