Snowflakes expected to turn into rain drops across Portland metro area overnight

Portland, Oregon on February 10, 2019 - KATU image.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A wintery mix of snow and rain is expected to fall in the Portland area on Sunday evening before switching over to rain overnight, forecasters said.

Wind from the west is expected to increase through the evening, changing the light flurries over to raindrops.

temperatures will be above freezing for most areas, meaning the precipitation is not expected to freeze ahead of the Monday morning commute. As of 3 p.m. Sunday most of the area roadways had warmed up well above freezing level.

There’s a chance that some higher elevation areas will see some snow accumulation, as well as the Columbia River Gorge and areas of Cowlitz County in Southwest Washington.

“Some areas, like the Coast Range, Willapa Hills, I-5 corridor through Lewis County, Cowlitz and Clark Counties, and the Cascade foothills of Washington will likely see snow to begin with this next system late this afternoon into the early evening,” KATU’s Mary Loos.

The rain is bringing lots of fresh snow to the Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington. Forecasters predict that higher elevations on Mount Hood could get anywhere from three to five feet of fresh snow through Tuesday night.

NWS: Storm could bring 3-5 feet of fresh snow to Mount Hood, Cascades through Tues.

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