YAKIMA, Wash. — Wind gusts of up to 50 mph were forecast for Sunday evening, and a wind advisory was expected to remain in effect until early this morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service advisory, in effect through 4 a.m. today, warned of winds blowing from the southwest at 20 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 to 50 mph.
Winds increased throughout the day Sunday and were expected to be strongest overnight. The windy conditions could make traveling difficult, the Weather Service said.
Local emergency dispatchers said Sunday was mostly quiet compared to Saturday, when the wind downed trees and power, telephone and cable lines around the Valley. But on Sunday, Pacific Power showed no major power failures in the area.
“Pressure gradients associated with Saturday’s storm will weaken (Sunday) and winds across the area will lighten,” the Weather Service wrote in its advisory. However, “Another system will move through British Columbia (Sunday night). This system will again strengthen the pressure gradients across the region, resulting in very windy conditions overnight.”
In Yakima County, the highest recorded gusts Sunday reached speeds of more than 60 mph in Sunnyside, Selah, White Swan and Harrah.
Today will mark the fourth day of high winds for the region. The wind advisory affects much of Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon.