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Special Weather Statement Feb 6

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    Special Weather Statement Feb 6

    Special Weather Statement
    1030 am PST Wed Feb 6 2008

    ...A strong front will bring very windy conditions and mountain snow
    tonight and Thursday...

    Another Pacific storm system will push across Washington and Oregon
    later this evening into Thursday. Several weather concerns are
    anticipated with this system. Snow will redevelop over the mountains
    later today. Heavy snow is expected along the Washington and Oregon
    Cascades. However... precipitation will mainly fall as rain or a
    mixture of rain and snow in the valleys of Kittitas...Yakima...and
    Klickitat counties as well as across central and north central
    Oregon. In the Blue Mountains...the heaviest snow accumulations will
    occur from Meacham northward where 4 to 7 inches are possible from
    Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning.

    The front will also bring very windy conditions. Winds will increase
    late this evening with sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph and gusts to
    40 to 50 mph expected throughout the lower Columbia Basin...the Blue
    Mountain foothills...north central Oregon...and portions of the
    eastern Columbia River gorge. Very windy conditions are also
    expected on many of the mountain ridges and the southern portion of
    the Grande Ronde Valley as well as areas in Wallowa County. Local
    gusts to 55 mph are possible. Blowing and drifting snow is likely
    over the mountains.

    Those traveling across south central and southeast Washington and
    central and northeast Oregon today through Thursday should be
    prepared for snow and blowing snow in the mountains and valleys as
    well as very windy conditions throughout the lower Columbia Basin
    and adjacent valleys.