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Pacific storms to bring winter weather to Northern Oregon Cascade area starting Feb. 11

As a series of Pacific storms head toward the Northern Oregon Cascade area, the National Weather Service has announced a winter weather warning is now in effect. From 10 a.m. today, Feb. 11, until noon tomorrow, Feb. 12, the NWS is warning people all over the region of hazardous conditions, including mixed precipitation, snow accumulation and potentially freezing rain.

For the next few days, the NWS is advising drivers to "slow down and use caution while traveling" as roads may be dangerous. Power outages and tree damage are also possible because of forecasted wind and ice.

In the Sandy area, today is forecasted for a high of 37 degrees, with the low dropping well below freezing to 26 degrees at night. Snow is expected, with alternating episodes of freezing rain mixed in.

Wind chill may enter the equation as gusts of 13 to 28 mph breeze through the Sandy area.

Little or no ice accumulation is anticipated today, but total daytime snow accumulation could be anywhere from one to 13 inches. Snow accumulation, accompanied by patchy fog and gusts as high as 37 mph are expected through the night with an overnight new snow accumulation of two to four inches possible.

Snow accumulation is expected to continue through the weekend, with high temperatures remaining around freezing and lows in the 20s.

Rain is anticipated on Sunday, along with temperatures returning to the high 30s and low 40s. Sunday, the snow level is expected to rise to 1,100 feet in the morning, to 2,000 feet in the afternoon, then 4200 feet after midnight.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30s and low 40s going into next week, with rain likely on Monday.

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