Freezing fog possible in Portland early Friday after patchy snow

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:08 AM

PORTLAND -- Snow in the Portland Metro area Thursday will be spotty before it transitions into drizzle, according to KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino. 

Then, on Friday morning, low temperatures may result in freezing fog.

Thursday's snow flurries first hit Washington County and the West Hills about 6:30 a.m. Then the storm should drop into lower elevations, with flakes possible down to the valley floor.

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Zaffino said the scattered snow showers will likely continue through the overnight hours, but probably won't leave behind any accumulation.

"Snow showers have really tapered off across the valley," KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard added. "There are still some spotty showers over the foothills and areas east and south of Portland. Overall, however, the moisture has decreased dramatically."

He said the temperatures were expected to dip once again overnight and into early Friday morning.

"The snow excitement for the valleys is pretty much over. The overriding theme of the forecast is dry and cold," Zaffino explained. "Patchy valley fog could easily be freezing fog as temperatures in the morning will drop into the 20s and low 30s."

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 if any of the snow may sticks on the roadways.

In the Cascades and the Coast Range, ODOT was warning drivers that Thursday's slushy snow will freeze overnight and make area roads very slick.

Brent Mull slid on ice Thursday and spun over a hill.  He said it was pretty scary and he feels lucky to have survived without anyone getting hurt.

"We were going down the road 35 miles an hour and hit a patch of slick ice and went over the embankment," Mull said. 

Road crews will be sanding Highway 26 all night, to try and stay a step ahead of the storm.

The weather was expected to transition into party sunny conditions for Friday.

"Dry weather will continue through next week, with lows in the 20s and highs in the 40s and sunshine after morning fog," Zaffino said.

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