Friday Weather Forecast
Updated today at 7:27 AM
The moisture is moving in this morning and yes, for some spots it is falling as snow. Some of the heavier spots have been in southwest Washington and far south of Salem. East winds are increasing in the Portland area which is now under a Wind Advisory for gusts up to 50 mph. This will create dangerously low wind chills, in the single digits, and could even bring a few tree limbs down.
A Winter Weather Advisory is up for the Coast, Coast Range and Cascade foothills, with a Winter Storm Warning on the central coast around Newport.
It's from there southeast to Eugene and south to Ashland where the heavy snow will fall. The snow will fall for the valley until at least the mid-afternoon. Here's a snowfall breakdown:
Portland area: flurries, some light snow, no accumulation.
SW Washington: Trace to 2 inches
Salem area: Trace to an inch of snow.
South of Salem: 1-2 inches
South of Corvallis: 1-4 inches
Then Arctic reinforcements roll in, with the coldest air yet arriving for Saturday. It'll be clear, with strong NE winds creating dangerous wind-chills.
Cold clear weather continues through the weekend. As warmer air and rain move in Tuesday, it may begin as snow or ice in Portland, and certainly in the Gorge.