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With snow in the forecast, Portland hit with winter weather advisory

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 5 days ago By Michael Russell, oregonlive.com
a bench covered in snow: The view from near 82nd and Tillamook on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. © Kale Williams | The Oregonian/OregonLive/oregonlive.com/TNS The view from near 82nd and Tillamook on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Portland metro area, with snow predicted to fall from 10 p.m. Sunday into the Monday morning commute.

Forecasters predict 1 to 4 inches of snow will fall at elevations above 500 feet, with a mix of rain and snow showers on the valley floor leaving little to no accumulation. Higher spots such as the West Hills or Corbett are more likely to see snow accumulate.

For most Portlanders in the city proper, that should mean wet roads during the Monday morning commute, though people living at higher elevations should take caution, said National Weather Service meteorologist Clinton Rockey.

“If you’re coming out of the hills, be prepared to have snow,” Rockey said.

But that doesn’t mean Portland is done with winter weather for the week. Forecasters are keeping their eye on Wednesday afternoon, when colder air should meet a storm coming off the Pacific Ocean to create enough snow that it could stick around, even on the valley floor.

“It’s a little too early for accumulation but right now it still looks like there might be a couple of inches,” Rockey said. “We will see some snow, it’s just a question of how much.”

Meanwhile, Washington State didn’t have to wait for Sunday night to fall. Parts of the greater Seattle area reported flurries and snow accumulation of one to two inches by Sunday afternoon, with several mountain passes closed or slowed due to harsh conditions.

And wild weather visited other parts of Oregon as well. On Mount Hood, treacherous driving conditions including heavy snowfall, high winds and downed trees caused more than a dozen crashes. And on the coast, 30-foot waves coupled with an unusually high tide led to savage scenes and tragedy after a Portland family was swept out to sea, leaving a seven-year-old girl dead and her four-year-old brother missing.

-- Michael Russell

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