Snow is in the Oregon forecast. But maybe not in Portland
Is it really going to snow in Portland — or the rest of the metro area?
It's too soon to say for sure, but that doesn't mean it's too early to prepare by stocking up on groceries, emergency supplies and other essentials.
According to the Portland office of the National Weather Service, a muscular storm system will arrive in the higher elevation of the Cascades region by Friday, Jan. 10, with the chances likely of one to three feet of snow.
That would mean unsafe travel conditions for anyone traveling near Government Camp, on through Santiam, Bennett or Willamette Pass.
But what about the Portland metro region?
"While the odds of snow appear to be creeping upward based on the latest model guidance, it's still far too early to know if snow (and how much) will occur across the lower elevations of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington," the National Weather Service reported.
Regardless of the snow-or-no question, colder temperatures are likely.
A strong storm system will arrive Friday and likely produce— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) January 8, 2020
1 to 3 feet of snow in the Cascades Friday afternoon through Saturday. Expect hazardous winter travel conditions. pic.twitter.com/JH0nYuhPyd
And while it's easy to believe the worst-case scenario, the meteorologists working for our media partner, KOIN 6 News, highlight that Tuesday temperatures were in the upper 50s across the Willamette Valley, and Troutdale recorded temps of 59 degrees.
"Right now, weather models support plenty of mountain snow and then snow levels dropping to elevations close to the valley floor," KOIN concluded.
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