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Still a Chance of Snow This Week for Northwest Oregon, Portland, Valley, Eugene

Published 01/24/21 at 6:26 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Still a Chance of Snow This Week for Northwest Oregon, Portland, Valley, Eugene

(Portland, Oregon) – A chance of light snow flakes for the valley floor up into southern Washington is still possible this week, after the roads to the beaches saw a good accumulation this weekend along with some white stuff hitting areas like western Yamhill and Washington counties.

Many of the winter weather advisories along the Oregon Coast Range in the I-5 corridor upper elevation areas are expiring later tonight (Sunday), and the passes to the beaches lived up to those advisories, seeing plenty of snow in spots.

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Yet more is on the way, according to the National Weather Service. Snow levels could drop below 1,000 feet.

The NWS is expecting a rain / snow mix on Monday for some valley towns, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The higher sections of the Salem area have a chance for all three days, while Portland and Eugene is likely looking mostly at Tuesday, according to NWS forecasts.

The Oregon Coast Range is expected to get some amount of accumulation above 1,000 feet in the next few days, however mostly at night. The summits of Highway 6 and 26 were quite well covered in white already.

The NWS had issued some road travel advice for the coast range summits this weekend, and more could be in store.

So far, there is still a fair amount of uncertainty on Tuesday’s forecast, the NWS said. Current models are suggesting snow levels could be closer to the valley floor, but on the other hand precipitation appears to be lower until the afternoon. Snow levels may rise to 500 or 1000 feet by that time.

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“Will need to keep an eye on how cool temps get Mon night/Tue morning, as this will likely have a lot of say in who gets snow from this system and who doesn’t,” the NWS said in its forecast discussion. “If strong inversions develop in the Willamette Valley and a stratus deck develops with temps near freezing, it is entirely possible there could be accumulating snow from this system down to the valley floors, even in the afternoon.”

However, while those predictions are still in the early stages and could well change, the NWS said it is looking at a good chance of issuing snow advisories for hilly areas around northwest Oregon. MORE SNOW PHOTOS BELOW

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The rest of the week for Portland, Salem, Eugene, wine country and most of the coast range looks rainy and cold, but with some chance of light snow / rain on Thursday for some areas.

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