PORTLAND - Scattered snow showers fell in pockets across the Metro area on Friday as a last blast of winter encroached on the first official week of spring.
Snow was reported in Sandy, Gresham, and in the Vancouver area. Sunny skies in downtown Portland earlier Friday gave way to gray and a hailstorm hit, followed by snow showers Friday afternoon. But KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said it won't stick around and temperatures would climb back into the 60s by Monday.
"The moisture will wrap up tonight for a cold and clear Saturday morning," he said. "The latest computer models keep Saturday dry but mostly cloudy. Look for cold and foggy conditions early Sunday then plenty of afternoon sun."
City crews were prepared to apply anti-icing chemicals, according to Cheryl Kuck of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, who said "surface temperatures have been warm enough that we aren’t concerned about ice forming or snow sticking to the pavement."
Snow continued to fall on Mt. Hood Friday as temperatures dropped across Western Oregon. Forecasters expected another accumulation of up to six inches on the mountain.
Drivers in Government Camp and above described the roads as "very slushy."
Skiers and snowboarders said it was a great day to be on the mountain. Danielle Sakrison said she’s on Spring Break from Houston, Texas and has been very impressed with the area ski resorts.
“We flew in three days ago. It's just been awesome skiing, perfect powder, just beautiful. The best skiing I've ever had," she said.
Officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation warned drivers not to get a false impression of safety just because it’s now spring. They said drivers should remember to keep chains in their cars at all times and be prepared for unpredictable weather.