Storm Tracker Weather Alert: Portland metro likely to see dusting of snow Wednesday

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Forecasters say there could be some snowflakes falling in the Portland metro area on Wednesday morning, especially in the hills and other high elevation areas.

KATU News is issuing a Storm Tracker Weather Alert ahead of the predicted dusting of snow, which could start up after midnight Tuesday and continue into Wednesday morning.

The light snow isn't expected to have much of an impact on the morning commute.

While most areas near the Willamette Valley floor will see a mix of snow and rain with little to no accumulation.

Areas over 500 feet of elevation will likely see accumulations of less than a half-inch, according to KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky.

The Columbia River Gorge could see anywhere from two to three inches of snow.

Any snowfall will turn to rain by the late morning hours, the National Weather Service said.

The Salem area will be the farthest south any snow should reach. Eugene and areas farther south will see mostly rain, with a chance of freezing rain in the late morning hours.

The Cascades and Coast Range should see snowfall through the day.

Severe weather shelters will be open again tonight for people without a warm place to spend the night. You can find the nearest shelter and even arrange for a ride. Just call 211 or go to If someone is in immediate danger, you should call 911.

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