As of Saturday, August 29, 2015
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory for high winds in parts of central and eastern Oregon, and sections of Washington.
Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the Central Mountains of Oregon, the Blue Mountains, the Columbia Basin, Wallowa County and Asotin County for gusty winds.
Wind advisories are in effect for the Simcoe Highlands, the Yakima Valley, the Lower Columbia Basin, the Blue Mountain Foothills, and Central and North Central Oregon for Southwest Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Blowing Dust Advisories are in effect for the Lower Columbia Basin and Blue Mountain Foothills for blowing dust that could reduce visibility to less than one mile at times. The Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory are in effect from 9 AM through 6 PM Saturday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 7 AM through 7 PM Saturday. Winds will increase through the morning with the strongest winds expected between 11 AM and 5 PM. Winds will diminish in the evening.
Hot, dry weather and high winds are increasing the risk hazardous driving conditions. Smoke from wildfires in the area is another risk factor while traveling. Drivers are cautioned to watch for blowing dust and drifting smoke that can impact your ability to see clearly. Be mindful when passing open fields and be prepared for changing driving conditions.
High winds may also create challenging driving conditions for commercial trucks, RVs and other high profile vehicle, especially when traveling unloaded. Operators of these vehicles should monitor weather and road conditions and may want to postpone travel until conditions improve.
The section of Interstate 84 between Boardman and Pendleton is prone to blowing dust. Numerous wildfires are also burning in eastern Oregon, creating smoky conditions at several locations.