Say it ain't snow! Freezing temps, wintry mix on tap for holiday weekend

An overnight storm put Portland under a blanket of snow more than a foot deep. (KATU photo – Tristan Fortsch – Jan. 11 2017)

Though chances remain low and models are ever-changing, you should prepare now for the possibility of snow (!) this Christmas.

The National Weather Service forecasts snow levels may drop down to 1,000 feet, and possibly as far as 500 feet this Friday.

We could get a wintry mix of snow and rain in the Portland metro region, and up to an inch of snow in the Columbia River Gorge. The NWS recommends you leave for work early, because there could be ice on the roads.

Another round of wintry weather is heading our way Christmas Eve with sleet and freezing rain in the lowlands.

Expect precipitation to start Sunday morning, develop into snow or freezing rain throughout the day for all areas of the Coast Range. By Sunday night into Monday morning, there's a chance of freezing rain and snow in the Portland metro region, Gorge, Coast Range and Cascades, according to the NWS.

Temperatures will remain above freezing during the daytime hours most of the weekend and Monday.


Download the KATU News app and our Storm Track Weather app to track the storms and stay on top of any breaking news this holiday weekend.

From the Oregon Department of Transportation - when faced with wintry conditions:

* Check road conditions on your route before you go at or 511. Plan your trip accordingly. If conditions are questionable, wait it out.

* Allow extra time to get where you’re going. Travel will be slower.

* Bicyclists should be extra careful about motorized vehicles, which take longer to stop in the snow, and motorized vehicles must be extra watchful for bicyclists, who can’t maneuver as easily when conditions are slick.

* Allow extra stopping distance. There is less traction on slick, snowy roads.

* Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility (low beams).

* Brake gently to avoid skidding or sliding. If the wheels lock up, ease off the brakes.

* Carry chains and know how to use them.

* Remember that it’s illegal to pass snowplows on the right.

Know before you go. For up to date road conditions, go to or dial 511.

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