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Portland Could See Up to 10 Inches of Snow Over the Next Few Days

It's officially Snowmageddon Eve in Portland.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the metro area, beginning Thursday at noon and stretching through Friday morning. That'll involve the usual "wintry mix" and potentially freezing rain in the late morning, then turn into actual snow by the afternoon, with accumulations of 2 to 6 inches expected.

But that's just the start. A second storm is expected to drop more snow on the area starting late Friday, with little gap between the two systems.

All told, parts of Portland could see between 5 and 10 inches of accumulation by midday Saturday—and that's a "conservative" estimate, according to Scott Weishaar, a meteorologist with the Portland branch of the NWS.

"There's a chance it ends up being between 6 and 12 inches," Weishaar adds.

The areas likely to see the most snow are in the northern and eastern parts of the city, Weishaar says. Further south, in places like Oregon City, Beaverton and Tigard, totals will be closer to 2 to 4 inches.

In any case, it's looking like the city is getting its first significant snowfall in a few years. As such, TriMet is warning of potential delays in bus service.

But hey, you weren't going anywhere anyway, right?

Related: It Actually Snowed in and Around Portland Today. Here's What It Looked Like.


A series of Pacific storms will bring freezing rain, sleet and snow to parts of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington through the weekend.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Monday throughout parts of the Pacific Northwest. An additional 2-8 inches of snow could still fall with the snow switching to freezing rain Sunday night. Ice accumulations, of one-quarter to one-half of an inch, are possible, particularly in the western Columbia River Gorge.

Across the country, more than 100 million Americans were under some sort of winter weather advisory on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow has already blanketed much of Oregon and Washington.

Portland metro area

As of Saturday afternoon, up to 10 inches of snow covered areas of Portland. In addition to the snowfall amounts, three-quarters of an inch of ice accumulation and gusty winds caused widespread power outages across Oregon, according to the Weather Channel.

Portlanders got the dusting of snow they were promised Thursday. The NWS announced 1 inch of snowfall at its Portland office as of early Friday morning. Accumulation totals vary across the region.

Heading into the weekend, the NWS is forecasting more snow after 7 p.m. Friday in the Portland area, with temperatures falling to around 27 degrees by 9 a.m Friday morning. More snow is predicted for Friday evening and into Saturday, with around 3-to-6 inches possible by Friday evening and 1-to-3 inches possible during the day on Saturday.

High winds are also expected, with an east wind around 25 mph, and gusts as high as 39 mph.

Related:The snow isn’t expected to be a soft silent blanket. Wind is in the forecast.

The Willamette Valley

A surprise precipitation band formed overnight Thursday in much of Marion, Clackamas, Multnomah and western Washington counties, with ice accumulation of up to 0.2 inches in areas above 250 feet. The NWS forecasts the precipitation will slow through Friday as the current storm exits the region and a new one moves in on Friday night. They also caution of the chance of serious power outages Friday night and into Saturday.

The coast

Temperatures Friday morning are well below freezing along the Oregon and Washington coasts, especially in the higher elevations of the Coast Range. The NWS forecasts freezing rain Friday in some parts of the northern half of the Oregon Coast Range and the southern half of the Washington Coast Range. As a new storm moves into the region Friday evening, the NWS is forecasting up to an additional half-inch in ice accumulation into Saturday.

Central and Eastern Oregon

A stretch running from south-central Washington through Eastern and Central Oregon, running through The Dalles to south of Bend, are also under a winter storm warning. Hazardous conditions could affect travel on Interstate 84 and U.S. Highway 97 in that region, and weather officials are urging people to bring an extra flashlight, food and water if they choose to travel.

The National Weather Service in Pendleton’s forecast for the Central Oregon region calls for up to a half an inch of more snow Friday morning, tapering off around 11 a.m. With highs around 26 degrees, the region is unlikely to see melting anytime soon.

These resources offer helpful services and advice during winter weather events:


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  • Stay warm: maintains an updated list of warming shelters across Oregon, including hours of operation and eligibility.
  • Know before you go: The Oregon Department of Transportation’s map features road camera, road closure information and traffic conditions on state-operated roads (think: highways) across the state. The Washington State Department of Transportation offers a similar map with travel alerts across the state.
  • Prepare before you travel: ODOT also provides a helpful list of tips to keep in mind before setting out for winter travel.
  • Check your list: The Washington State Department of Transportation has some helpful checklists for winter driving, including what to carry in your car.
  • Watch the plows: For Portland residents, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has a live map that shows where the city’s snowplows are in real-time.

Watch this story for continued updates about closures and other weather news.

OHSU cancels Portland weekend vaccine clinics ahead of expected snow

An Oregon hospital system has canceled vaccine clinics for Saturday and Sunday because of a major winter snowstorm expected to hit the Portland area.

Oregon Health & Science University said Wednesday that it was closing its vaccine clinics for safety over forecasted snow and freezing temperatures. The city will likely get roughly 2 inches of snowfall from Thursday to Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Three sites will be closed, including Hillsboro Stadium.

OHSU said it is rescheduling appointments, including for “a large contingent of patients 80 and older.”

Schools and child-care providers ponder snow days in the era of distance learning

Remember the good old days, when snow in the forecast often meant a snow day and outdoor play with friends?

For students, a simple forecast of snow used to mean excited anticipation of a snow day, a day spent playing outdoors or watching the weather from inside — far away from class. In the era of distance learning, that’s not necessarily the case.

Portland Public Schools has announced that delivering instruction online means inclement weather doesn’t have to interrupt instruction. “Student and staff safety is always our highest priority; distance learning means potentially dangerous winter travel to and from school campuses is not necessary,” according to a statement from the district. Inclement weather may interrupt some campus-based activities like meal delivery, limited in-person instruction, and school-based child care.

By Wednesday afternoon, school leaders across the greater Portland metro area hadn’t announced decisions on whether to close school in-person programming on Thursday or Friday.

Meanwhile, many child-care providers, which are by definition in-person only, expressed concerns about staff being able to get to and from work.

Related:Wintry forecast raises questions about snow days, child care in the era of distance learning

Cold weather, snow add to challenges for houseless

Groups that provide services to people experiencing homelessness say the coming nights could be especially challenging. In the Portland area, some are actively soliciting donations of cold-weather gear, such as hats, gloves, blankets, tarps and sleeping bags. With snow in the forecast and temperatures expected to dip far below freezing, it’s likely Portland’s Joint Office of Homeless Services will open severe weather warming shelters.

The shelters come online if forecasters predict an inch or more of snow or the weather falls below 25 degrees. On nights where severe weather is declared, the office plans to open up 290 beds located at three facilities: Oregon Convention Center, Irving Street Garage, and Arbor Lodge Severe Weather Shelter. You can find the latest info here.

Already this week, the cold has contributed to one death. A 27-year-old died from severe burn injuries Tuesday after a fire engulfed their makeshift shelter set up beneath an overpass in North Portland. Portland Fire & Rescue did not release their name. Officials said the fire started from a propane-fed device the deceased had used to heat the space on a night where temperatures dipped to one degree above freezing.

Information about warm places to shelter across Oregon on cold days can be found at:

Related:A 27-year-old died from severe burn injuries in Portland after makeshift shelter fire

This is a developing story. Watch for updates.


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The wintery mix dusting the Portland metro area Sunday morning is expected to give way to freezing rain in the afternoon, which could bring even more treacherous road conditions and more power outages.

The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning starting at 1 p.m. that cautions residents of the Portland and Vancouver areas of possible ice accumulations of one-third to two-thirds of an inch, heaviest near the Columbia Gorge. The warning lasts until 6 a.m. Monday.

Andy Bryant of the weather service said the Portland and Vancouver metro areas should expect several hours of freezing rain Sunday night into Monday morning. Areas east of Interstate 205 will be most affected by the freezing rain, including northeast Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, and Camas and Washougal in Washington.

“Depending on how much ice accumulation we get ... we could see similar impacts to what we saw a couple days ago in Salem and the southern parts of the Portland metro area, with ice accumulating on trees and breaking branches and potentially causing power outages,” Bryant said.

The weather service advised residents to watch for snow and ice covered roads, widespread power outages and falling trees and branches due to ice.

Gov. Kate Brown urged Oregonians to stay home Sunday, a day after she declared an emergency in nine counties. She said utility workers, road crews and first responders were working around the clock to clear streets and restore power.

“All other Oregonians should remain home as much as possible, as road conditions remain poor,” Brown said. “Check on your neighbors and loved ones when you can do so safely. Please help our first responders by staying home when you can.”

The weather has already damaged structures in Portland. A vacant warehouse in Portland’s Central Eastside was on the verge of collapse, buckling under the weight of the snow and ice. And the Waverly Marina on the Willamette River near Sellwood, snow brought down slip covers, damaging numerous boats, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Waverly Marina

The high temperature in Portland is near 32 degrees on Sunday and will remain below freezing through the night, but temperatures should warm to a high of 37 on Monday.

Since the winter storm began Thursday, the weather service has recorded 9.8 inches of snow for Portland. Friday and Saturday’s snowfall beat historical records for snow recorded on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, with 6.1 inches recorded Friday and 3.3 inches Saturday.

Moving south of Salem and westward to the coast, the weather through Monday will be back to normal with periods of rain and mountain snow, the weather service said.

The Cascades will see another 6 to 12 inches of snow accumulation a day Monday and Tuesday. Snow is expected to fall around 2500 feet Tuesday and may lower to 1500 feet Wednesday, but it’s not expected to touch the valley floor again.

Road conditions

Interstate 84 reopened Sunday morning, with westbound lanes opening at 6 a.m. and eastbound lanes at 10 a.m., said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Don Hamilton.

The winter weather in the Columbia Gorge caused difficulties for crews trying to clear snow off the road.

“We get a lot of microclimates in there, and that can include a lot of wind vortexes and small snow blizzards,” Hamilton said. More than 500 trucks were waiting at each end of the closure to pass through the gorge.

Hamilton said the agency is carefully watching the weather forecast and preparing for the upcoming onslaught of freezing rain. Officials are prepared to close I-84 again if conditions deteriorate again.

Ice is not only dangerous on road surfaces, but it also can bring down trees and power lines and cause blockages, Hamilton said.

Current highway closures in the Portland metro area include:

  • Northbound Oregon 99 is closed from Canby to Milwaukie.
  • Oregon 224 is closed from the Oregon 212 junction near Sunnyside to three miles west of Eagle Creek near Barton.

Power outages

More than 200,000 remained without power Sunday morning after snow and ice brought down power lines across the region. Some areas might not see service restored until Tuesday.

Portland General Electric says roughly 188,000 of its customers have no power as of 8:30 a.m. Pacific Power reports over 21,000 of its northwest Oregon customers have also lost power.

-- Jaimie Ding

[email protected]; 503-221-4395; @j_dingdingding

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