Wintry weather may descend on area by Sunday
Apparently, Ol' Man Winter didn't get the memo that FuFu the hedgehog at the Oregon Zoo predicted an early spring for the region on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement late Thursday evening, Feb. 15, for possible lowland snow and the coldest winter temperatures yet this season beginning Sunday evening.
But FOX 12 meteorologist Mark Nelsen, who also lives in East Multnomah County, said the chances of "sleddable" snow are unlikely for most folks in the lowest elevations. Temperature-wise — best to dig out the wool socks.
"Sunday evening colder air rushes in, but it's very dry air too," Nelsen wrote on his blog. "(This will be) the coldest airmass we've seen in late February since at least 2011… temperatures drop below freezing (in) all areas."
Saturday, look for typical rain and wind, with highs around 53 degrees. By Sunday evening, the cold air will take hold and the mercury will dip to 29 degrees overnight. Monday's commute could be tricky.
In Sandy, the National Weather Service calls for snow showers on Sunday with a high temperature of 39 and winds up to 13 mph. Less than a half-inch of snow is possible Sunday night when the mercury is expected to dip to 26 degrees.
"Any water left on roads Sunday evening will freeze," Nelsen explained on his blog, "plus some spots in the western valleys may see light snow accumulation on those roads. There will be icy/snowy areas on some roads for the Monday AM commute, but it may not be widespread."
On Monday, the Presidents' Day holiday will see a 20 percent chance of snow showers, but otherwise partly sunny skies and high around 35 in Sandy and 36 in Gresham.
Nelsen expects temperatures to remain cold through Wednesday of next week, hovering between 12 to 20 degrees overnight in areas west of the Cascades.
The following shelter organizations are available regardless of weather conditions:
• The Gresham Women's Shelter (16141 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97233) is open for single women.
• The Human Solutions Family Shelter (16015 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233) is open for families with children.