Snow on Coast Range passes Sunday night

KGW Sunrise forecast 12-2-16

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Snow levels will drop to about 1,000 feet during the day Sunday, bringing a good chance of snow accumulation to Coast Range passes for the first time this season.

As the air gets colder Sunday night and Monday morning, high-elevation metro Portland valley hills may also see light accumulations of snow, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.

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"Snow level forecast models at times have been showing accumulating snow holding near 1,000 feet through the day Monday," Hill said Friday. "However, this is still a close call and the forecast should be watched closely."

Tuesday morning will be the coldest of the season so far, with lows in the low 30s. But by then, showers are expected to end.

East winds may develop as a warmer storm moves in Wednesday, which could lead to a mess in the Gorge Wednesday night with snow or freezing rain. The western valleys and Portland area will likely just see rain.

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There is expected to be significant snowfall for the Coast Range and Cascade foothills beginning Sunday, the first of the season.

"if you're driving to or from the beach Sunday night, you'll likely be driving through snow," said KGW Meteorologist Matt Zaffino.

He advised remaining patient and keeping up to date on forecasts as Sunday approaches.

"As with Portland snow forecasts, there's a good degree of uncertainty in the forecast this far in advance of the event," he said.

Still, even the prospect of snow has the Reddit community talking "Snowpocalypse" and "SnoMG 2016" next week, as Portland tends to grind to a halt when a couple inches hit the valley floor.

Reddit: Snowpocalypse scheduled for next Wednesday

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