PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wintery weather arrived in Portland over the weekend, as ski areas opened and some flakes even fell on the edges of town.
Snow began falling in the Portland area Friday night in the West Hills after a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said another burst of heavy rains and wind could be expected Monday along the Coast and Willamette Valley. NWS said "significant" weather was possible, but snow levels would not be likely dropping into the valley floor.
The City of Portland issued a black ice alert Friday afternoon for Friday and Saturday night.
Saturday remained mostly dry and cold.
Flakes were reported around Sylvan Hill and Council Crest. See/send pics
"With temperatures forecasted to drop below freezing ... the traveling public is advised to be alert for wet snow and black ice citywide tonight, Saturday night and Sunday morning," according to City transportation officials, including areas like Washington Park, I-5 near Capitol Highway, Sunset Highway/Sylvan exit, Pittock Mansion, top of West Burnside, and Council Crest.
Spotty snow was reported overnight Thursday in areas from Woodland, Washington to Sandy, Clatskanie and the Oregon Coast range, and snow levels were expected to stay low through Friday night and into the weekend. Raw Video: Coast Range snow
Winter Weather Advisories were in effect for the Coast Range, the foothills of the Cascades and the Cascade Rance, with an additional 6 to 10 inches of snow in the Cascades before the weather dries out later Saturday.
Drivers over the passes this weekend were warned to be ready for snow in the mountains. Gusts of 50 mph were possible on ridges and exposed locations causing blowing and drifting snow. Forecasters said that could limit visibility.
Ski areas kicked off the season as well, with Timberline Lodge officially opening Friday and Mt. Hood Meadows opening on Saturday.