Portland, NW Oregon Forecast Calls for Increased
|A frozen pond in the Beaverton/Raleigh Hills area.
(Portland, Oregon) - The Portland area is under another
winter storm watch as the National Weather Service (NWS) says another
big storm will return Wednesday and Thursday.
Tuesday promises nice skies but chilly temps in the mid-20’s.
Weather experts are predicting this one to be as bad or
worse than Sunday's, and they’re urging Portlanders to run their
errands Tuesday before the big one hits.
With roads around the metro area still frozen solid in
many places, driving is only set to get worse.
|Dogs do their best to keep themselves warm as possible.
Wednesday: Snow accumulation of one to
three inches possible. Highs near 28 and breezy, with gusts as high as
33 mph. Lows in the evening to 22 degrees with smaller gusts.
Thursday: Snow is likely, although before
10 a.m., Highs near 25 with a 60 percent chance of more precipitation.
More snow showers possible at night, with lows around 15.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high around
25. Lows at night to 14.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with highs around
26. A chance of snow in the evening and a low of 19.
|One home in SW Portland is covered in the white stuff.
Some Portland newscasters are predicting high temperatures
in the mid-30’s for Wednesday and Thursday, but freezing rain in
the later hours as lows dip below freezing after dark.
The ground will still be frozen as rain hits it, icing
those areas immediately – if that’s what happens.
Either scenarios mean more icky conditions and an increase
in cabin fever for Portlanders.
Meanwhile, the routes to the Oregon coast are still frozen,
and access in and out of that region is extremely difficult unless you
have major traction devices.
The NWS also said there is possible significant snow or
a freezing rain event over the weekend for all of northwest Oregon - from
the eastern border to the coast.
"An unusual upper level flow pattern wil continue
to drive weather systems from Canada and the northern gulf of Alaska into
the Pacific Northwest for the remainder of the week," the NWS said.
"Cold arctic air east of the Cascades will stream westward through
the gaps and across the ridges with temperatures remaining mostly below
Low temps will continue to drop into the teens throughout
The Winter Storm Watch notes that two major winter systems
are predicted to hit northwest Oregon during the week. The first significant
one happens Wednesday – the second during the weekend.
"Weather forecast computer models are indicating
another system may reach southwest Washington and northwest Oregon Saturday
or Sunday," the NWS said. "Cold arctic air should still be in
place over most portions of the area when this storm arrives. The precision
location of the fronts and lows associated with this storm are uncertain.
These important details will result in heavy low elevation and mountain
snow; also strong winds, freezing rain or a combination of these winter
Meanwhile, valley towns like Salem are reportedly
worse because of thick sheets of ice on the roads. It is considered a
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