Snow comes to Oregon coast, headed toward Willamette Valley

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

PORTLAND – Snow was falling early Friday morning from Astoria south,with flakes expected to fall later in the Willamette Valley from Salem south, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.

While Doppler radar shows snow over or near Portland, east winds are evaporating those crystals before they hit the ground, he said.

"Two inches and still snowing in Newport, Oregon," reported Trista Selfridge about 4 a.m.

School districts in the Coast Range and Southwest Washington had buses on snow routes and some with delayed starts. Lincoln County and Corvallis schools have cancelled all classes.

Rainier, Cowlitz and Lower Columbia have a two-hour delay, no morning kindergarten and buses on snow routes. Yamhill Carleton has buses on snow routes.

School closurs and delays

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Thursday's 20-degree freezing temperatures at the Portland International Airport tied a record low and was the third day in a row of record lows in the metro area.

Corvallis and Eugene could see a few inches of snow along with Oregon’s coast from Newport to Astoria, Allard said.

Forecast  |  Temperature maps  |  Wind Chill

Record lows were also set or tied in Vancouver, Astoria, Hillsboro and Salem this week.

On Tuesday night, the temperature at PDX dropped down to 27 degrees, breaking the old record of 28 degrees. On Wednesday morning, the 22-degree low broke the old record of 23 degrees.

The coldest temperatures of this snap will come this weekend, and valley lows may dip into the single digits. The region will remain dry until late Tuesday when warm air moves into the Northwest.

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