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Rain to alternate with snow through weekend with accumulation increasingly likely next week

A winter storm warning is in effect for the communities of Brightwood through Government Camp on Mount Hood from Friday morning, Jan 10, until noon Saturday, Jan. 11.

"The first in a long series of strong weather disturbances will impact the Pacific Northwest, spreading heavy snow and strong winds to the Cascades Friday and Saturday," the National Weather Service (NWS) said on Friday.

Snow is expected to accumulate at an hourly rate of 1 to 2 inches Friday, with the snow level rising to 3800 feet. Heavy snow showers are then predicted to diminish into Saturday.

"This is the first of several periods of heavy snow in the Washington and Oregon Cascades, and additional heavy snow accumulations appear increasingly likely from Sunday through much of next week," said a report from the NWS. "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency."

In the Welches area, NWS forecasts rain before 10 p.m., with the snow level rising to 3,300 feet, with wind gusts as high as 28 mph and a temperature of 37 degrees.

Rain is a constant into the weekend, with the snow level expected to fluctuate between 2,100 and 3,100 feet through Sunday. The forecast calls for high temperatures Saturday around 41 degrees and a nighttime low of 35 degrees.

Snow accumulation is expected to pick back up later in the weekend with 1 to 3 inches of new snow on Sunday, followed by another 2 to 4 inches on Monday, Jan. 13.

The Post will provide weather updates as the winter system develops.


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