107 mph winds recorded in Oregon canyon

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

CROWN POINT, Oregon -- Winds of up to 107 mph were recorded in the Columbia River Gorge on Monday.

KGW Meteorologist Matt Zaffino reported Monday that gusts of over 100 mph and strong winds could be expected throughout the day.

"It's not uncommon to see high winds there," Zaffino said. "But that is pretty high. It's a notorious pinch point."

Zaffino said because of a strong pressure difference between air in the West along the coast and air in the East, wind was funneling through the Gorge at tremendous speeds.

He expected high winds to continue through Monday and then back off Tuesday. Zaffino said he expected high winds to return toward the end of the week. He expected a mostly dry weekend with high temperatures in the 40s.

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