1,200 without power, Wind Advisory through Thursday

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 AM

PORTLAND -- The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that could remain in effect through Thursday morning.

East winds will be steady Wednesday from 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55, mostly east of Interstate 205, according to NWS. The strongest winds will be near the Columbia Gorge.

The wind has already knocked down some power lines. Loose objects in yards should be tied down.

About 1,200 PGE customers were without power Wednesday morning. Pacific Power did not report any major outages. More: PGE outage updates

KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said to expect sunny afternoon skies after pockets of morning fog. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s.

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"Motorists need to be especially careful around Interstate 84, especially in shady areas where there may be black ice, " said Don Hamilton, with the Oregon Department of Transportation. "It's dangerous out there where a motorist can't see. Even on a sunny day like this."

Icy patches prompted a closure Wednesday morning of Jackson Parkway to Oregon Health Sciences University until sanding trucks could arrive.

Related: 2012 set to be 4th-wettest on record at PDX

Snow flurries arrived in the Portland Metro area Monday, but they were light and in most cases, did not stick.  KGW viewers reported snow in Vancouver, Longview, Jantzen Beach, Northeast Portland and St. Helens, starting around noon Monday.

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