PORTLAND, Ore — The strong cold front has pushed through the I-5 corridor at this early morning 5:00 hour. Gusty winds will quickly ease to 10-20 mph this morning and steady rain will break into showers, heavy at times. Snow levels near 3,000' early will lower to 2,000 and possibly 1,500' this afternoon.
A Winter Storm Warning continues in the Cascades through 10:00 pm tonight for a storm snow total reaching 2 feet. In the Gorge the warning for snow will expire mid-morning as temps start to warm and snow transitions to rain behind the cold front passage. NWS reports 5" of snow in Hood River. A new Winter Storm Warning begins at 10:00 this morning for the Coast Range where dropping daytime snow levels will bring accumulations. The warning is expected to end late afternoon as snow rates taper off.
Here in the I-5 corridor, scattered dustings of snow continue to be a possibility later tonight and Thursday morning. During the day Thursday, showers may be a wintry mix with Portland daytime highs around 40 degrees.
Our next completely dry day looks like Sunday.
Meteorologist Rod Hill
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