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(360) 875-9340 Office ~ (360) 875-9341 EOC ~ (360) 875-9342 Fax

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Significant Low Elevation Snow Expected

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a winter storm warning for snow which is in effect from 6:00 a.m. Wednesday to 10:00 p.m. Thursday for the coast, Columbia River Gorge, and lowlands of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.

Unseasonably cold weather for late February is causing the snow level to fall to the lower elevations of the Cascade Foothills and Coast Range of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon today. As much colder air moves into the region Wednesday and Thursday, accumulating snow will become likely down to the beaches and valley floor later Wednesday through Thursday.

  • Some light accumulating snow will be possible in the higher elevations early tomorrow morning with heavier snow beginning later Wednesday and continuing into Thursday.
  • A trace, up to three inches of snow is possible early Wednesday morning in the higher terrain.
  • General storm totals of two to five inches are expected for the coast and lowlands by Thursday evening. Some local accumulations of six to 10 inches is possible mainly in the higher hills.
  • Roadways may become icy and snow covered resulting in slick driving conditions. This may significantly impact the commute both Wednesday and Thursday.
Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: 

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. 

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Long Term Power Outage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2011 – 3:36 p.m.
Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director

South Bend, Washington – Due to a vehicle versus power pole accident that occurred today at 2:02 p.m. near the intersection of 189th and Sandridge Road, the Pacific County PUD # 2 has informed the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency that all residences north of 227th St, on the Long Beach Peninsula will be without power until well after midnight tonight.

In addition, a minimum of one lane of Sandridge Road will be closed during repairs.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement indicating that late afternoon today showers are likely with the possibility of a thunderstorm. The high will be near 43 degrees, and a 70% chance of precipitation. Tonight the low will be around 32 degrees.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Residents are advised to take measures as appropriate for cold weather including the safe use of alternative heat methods and consider the use of State Route 103 as an alternate route to their destination.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2011 – 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has just issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southern Pacific, western Wahkiakum and northwestern Clatsop Counties.

At 3:14 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, was located 14 miles south of Warrenton, Oregon and moving northeast at 60 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service is predicting that locations near Cape Disappointment and Ilwaco will be impacted. This is a dangerous storm. Prepare immediately for potentially damaging winds and cloud to ground lightening. People outside should move indoors, preferable away from a window.

In addition, a high wind warning remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. this evening.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Move indoors away from potential lightening and high wind.

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

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