Winter storm watch includes Portland and surrounding areas
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland metro area, Columbia River Gorge, and surrounding areas are under a winter storm watch until Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists say the Portland metro area could see 1 to 4 inches of snow and higher amounts are possible at elevations above 500 feet.
They say rain will change to snow sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday. Snow will continue to fall at times through Saturday afternoon.
Heavy snow is possible for the Upper Hood River Valley and Central Columbia River gorge. These areas could receive 6 to 10 inches of snow from Friday evening through Saturday evening. The heaviest snow is expected Saturday morning and afternoon.
The Coast Range of Northwest Oregon, Willapa Hills, and South Washington Cascade Foothills could receive 3 to 8 inches of snow. The highest amounts will fall at elevations above 1,000 feet. These areas will see snow from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
The Western Columbia River Gorge could receive 3 to 6 inches of snow with higher accumulation possible at elevations above 1,000 feet. Like the Portland metro area, rain will change to snow sometime late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. Snow will fall throughout the day Saturday.
The Northern Oregon Cascades will receive heavy snow with accumulations between 6 and 12 inches from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
The Northern Oregon Cascades Foothills could possibly receive 3 to 8 inches, with heavier snow likely at elevations above 1,000 feet.
In all locations, drivers should plan for snow-covered roads and difficult travel conditions.
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