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Drivers asked to prepare for strong winds in central Washington, Blue Mountains

Drivers asked to prepare for strong winds in central Washington, Blue Mountains

YAKIMA, Wash. - A wind advisory is issued for areas of central Washington and northeast Oregon.

The National Weather Service out of Pendleton reports wind will reach speeds between 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, Thursday. The advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

A cold front across Washington and northern Oregon caused high winds in the region, according to weather officials.

Winds are expected throughout the day in the East Columbia River Gorge, Arlington, The Dalles, White Salmon, Naches, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Goldendale and Bickleton.

In Oregon, areas possibly affected by the windy conditions are the Northern Blue Mountain foothills, including the cities of Pendleton and Pilot Rock.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said drivers are prohibited from traveling in mobile homes on I-82 from Prosser (milepost 82) to the Oregon State Line (milepost 132).

The restriction will be lifted as weather conditions improve.

Drivers of any vehicle are asked to use caution as winds of over 35 miles per hour can affect driving difficulty.

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