Low-elevation snow in metro area will be spotty

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:02 AM

PORTLAND -- Snow was falling in some neighborhoods within the Portland Metro area Thursday morning, but it wasn't expected to last for long.

The snow flurries first hit Washington County and the West Hills about 6:30 a.m. Then, the storm dropped into lower elevations, with flakes down to the valley floor.

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But as quickly as the white stuff started appearing, the storm started backing off and the moisture turned to rain.

KGW meteorologist Nick Allard said spotty snow may continue throughout the morning in some areas of Washington County and also around Salem and areas south.  He said any snow that falls in lower elevations will melt fast, if it hasn't already.

"The metro area will probably see some spotty snow and wet snow showers but I don't expect accumulation. It's possible with some elevation above 500 feet that you could see some spotty accumulation, but again there is so little moisture," Allard said.

The City of Portland and the Oregon Dept. of Transportation had prepared for the worst just in case, with de-icer, sand, plows and crews on hand in case any of the snow may stick on the roadways.

In the Cascades and the Coast Range, Allard said a wave of low pressure was producing more snow.  A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service warned of a cooler air mass over Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon that will continue through the weekend.

Thursday's rain/snow mix was expected to fade away overnight, with party sunny conditions moving in for Friday.  That will likely be followed by more rain and possible snow showers on Saturday, Allard said.

 

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