Winter grips PNW: Icy winds, fiery views, fallen trees

Multnomah County

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — The sun made a rare appearance around the Portland area on Tuesday but it did little to take the edge off winter winds that blasted the region. 

A tree fell across northbound lanes of I-5 in Vancouver, Feb. 26, 2019. (Washington State Patrol) 

High winds toppled trees around the Portland metro area. In Vancouver, a tree fell across northbound I-5 just north of 99th Street, backing up traffic for several miles. 

Gusts were especially unforgiving to those visiting the Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge. 

“I just see people getting tossed around by the wind,” said visitor Leo Sierra. “It’s really funny!” 

Icy blasts of wind ripped past the scenic overlook, clocking in at nearly 65 miles per hour while temperatures hovered around freezing. 

Those who did brave the frigid weather were rewarded with unparalleled views of a truly breathtaking sunset, though many who tried to snap pictures paid for their efforts with cold fingers. 

“This is great,” said visitor Joseph Deinhardt. “I’ve seen a lot of great sunsets but this is just amazing. It’s gorgeous.” 

The stunning sunset was seen in other areas around the region, including Washougal, Happy Valley, Goldendale, Beaverton and Boring. 

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