Many in the Portland area woke up to a late winter wonderland Saturday morning. Snow began falling during the early morning hours and sticking below the 500 foot level.
The National Weather Service recorded just 0.3 inches of snow at its Portland office, while others in Vancouver, Washington, were reporting at least an inch.
While snow in March might surprise some, the National Weather Service says the region was covered by 7.6 inches of white stuff back on March 8, 1951.
Online, Pamplin Media Group readers reported a sprinkling of snow in the Garden Home area. Woodburn also received snow, as did Lake Oswego at higher elevations. Mollala saw snow as well.
Forecasters predicted the metro area and the western end of the Columbia Gorge could see up to 2 inches of snowfall from 3 a.m. to noon on March 14. Some locations may only see a trace, however.
A very peaceful snowfall this a.m. in NE Portland pic.twitter.com/XrZGz8QZCH— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) March 14, 2020
An increasingly stronger easterly flow through the gorge will deliver colder air to the metro and surrounding hills. Daytime highs Saturday around the area will reach the upper 30s with increasing easterly winds. The wind chill factor will be something to consider before stepping out. It's a good idea to dress in layers to cover everything!
The Winter Weather Advisories will continue throughout the weekend for the Coast and Cascade Ranges, as well as the Gorge. Sunday we could see some moisture return to the big picture, but overall the trend will be toward drier and warmer weather from that point.
The regional transit authority says buses and trains are rolling smooth this morning, "with little impact from the snow."
Many bus drivers say they are not using chains, at least for now. Click here for the latest service alerts from TriMet.
• Portland Community College announced it would close for the day.
• The Oregon Zoo closed for the day at 1 p.m. due to ice and snow.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. PMG staff also contributed to this report.
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