'Winter Storm Watch' issued for Portland metro area overnight Monday

Winter Storm Watch in place for Portland, Vancouver metro areas - KATU image.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Parts of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington will be under a Winter Storm Watch overnight Monday as several inches of snow could fall in areas above 500 feet above sea level.

Officials said the Winter Storm Watch is posted for greater Portland and Vancouver metro area, including the western Columbia River Gorge and areas north of Newberg in the Columbia River Gorge.

KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby says this system will be patchy; a different weather than the cold Arctic air system that brought in snow over the weekend.

Heavy rain bands could drop cold air to the Valley floor in some places, while other places at the same elevation see no snow at all.

“This scenario may result in varying accumulations ranging from no snow to several inches, even at the same elevation,” the National Weather Service (NWS) Portland said.

NWS forecasters warn that heavy, wet snow could weigh down tree limbs and power lines, causing power outages and fallen debris across the region.

Drivers should prepare for the possibility of winter driving conditions, especially in the hills.

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