PORTLAND -- The second wave a snowstorm that hit western Oregon Thursday will repeat starting in late afternoon, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.
"I expect about three to six inches of snow for the valley and about two to four inches for the metro area," he said. "We may also see some pockets of freezing rain especially along the Oregon coast and maybe in the southern valley."
The city of Portland announced Friday morning that operations were shut down except for essential workers.
The Thursday storm dumped a surprising seven to eight inches on some coastal towns and 11 inches in Corvallis.
“During the day Saturday, the precipitation could transform into sleet and freezing rain,” KGW meteorologist Rob Hill explained. “This could make traveling far more difficult on Saturday, than what we saw Thursday night.”
Although Salem and Albany were hit hard by Thursday’s storm, a south wind could bring warmer air into that area Friday, possibly protecting them from this second wallop.
“Areas around Salem could get lucky Saturday and see warming temperatures with only rain,” Hill said.
All areas except the Columbia River Gorge are expected to warm above freezing on Sunday.
The National Weather Service issued Winter Storm Warnings for the Vancouver and Portland Metro areas, Central Willamette Valley and the Columbia River Gorge. They warned of dangerous driving conditions, up to 7 inches of snow accumulation, high east winds, and occasional blizzard conditions.
Thursday night some schools had already announced delay and closure plans for Friday.