PORTLAND – Most of the Portland metro area will continue to get blasted by a bitter cold snap with Sunday morning temperatures expected to dip as low as 8 degrees, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory that resulted in below-zero wind chill in the Metro area and overnight wind chill factors could be 5 below Saturday night, Hill said.
The arctic air blast follows a wild weather pattern Friday that brought a dusting of snow to the Metro area, anywhere from 1 to 2 inches in SW Washington, and the Oregon Coast, and all the way up to 9 inches in Albany and Corvallis.
On Saturday, snow lined the sides of Interstate 5 and freezing weather made driving conditions challenging south of Salem.
KGW news photographer Rod Stevens set up a GoPro high def camera on his dashboard and captured the icy conditions near the Albany rest area Saturday morning. Cautious drivers moved slowly on the icy stretch of roadway.
Snow closed schools and created treacherous traveling conditions from the North Coast, down into the south Willamette Valley Friday morning.
Fender benders, minor car accidents and transit delays rippled across the region. At least one fatal crash, outside Clatskanie, may have been influenced by dangerous cold-weather road conditions. Oregon Highway 126 between Florence and Eugene was closed Friday afternoon due to an overturned semi truck.
It was unknown on Friday afternoon if road conditions were a factor when a pickup drove off the road and into a slough near Woodland Wash.
School districts in the Coast Range and Southwest Washington closed or had buses on snow routes and some delayed starts.