The National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, has issued an urgent winter weather message to the residents of Oregon and Washington.
According to meteorologists, significant winter weather is expected over much of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon Thursday and Thursday night.
At 2 p.m. PST, the weather service issued a statement saying, “an unusually strong winter storm will bring mixed precipitation across much of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon that will have significant impacts spreading north over the area Thursday, continuing in the northern areas into Thursday night and into the Columbia River Gorge into Friday. This is the strongest storm of this type in quite a while.”
The storm is expected to begin just before sunrise Thursday morning and will continue into mid-afternoon Thursday. Precipitation should mainly be freezing rain by around 10 a.m.* Snow accumulations * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 2 OR 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE
1 to 3 inches of snow is possible Thursday morning in the foothills and coast range — light accumulations of a trace to less than an inch in the South Williamette Valley.
“Travel will be difficult as some brief snow accumulations change to sleet and then freezing rain and roads become snow and ice covered and slick. Some power disruptions are possible,” stated a National Weather Service report.
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