Hang on, blossoms, hang on: Storm on the way

Hang on, blossoms, hang on: Storm on the way
Spring blossoms. Photo by YouNews reporter PhotoMike68

EUGENE, Ore. - The blossoms that burst forth from trees in the Willamette Valley last weekend may be flying off their branches Wednesday.

The first storm of spring will bring gusty winds to the Willamette Valley on Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The storm is expected to first move across the Oregon Coast on Tuesday night, bringing wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph - if not higher.

As the front moves inland, forecasts expect gusts of 30 to 40 mph in the southern Willamette Valley.

Thursday might be a good day to go skiing, with forecasters calling for 5 to 10 inches in the Cascades above 3,000 feet. Forecasters expect more snow in the northern Oregon Cascades, however, where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Motorists should expect winter driving conditions on the mountain passes through Thursday morning.

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