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Willamette Valley In Store For A Frosty Start To The New Year


The Willamette Valley is ringing in the New Year with a wave of frigid temperatures and a slight chance for snow in some parts of the region.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the valley Saturday night and called for 1-3 inches of snow for the region, but while some areas in Portland’s West Hills as well as parts of Vancouver saw snow, by and large the region stayed too warm overnight for the flurries to stick.

But that winter weather advisory remains in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday and there is a chance for some snow to stick in the valley Sunday afternoon, according to meteorologist Laurel McCoy with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“The temperature is going to stay around 36 until maybe noon [Sunday] and then the temperature will start to slowly fall. The big question is whether we’ll have enough showers around once it gets down to 32 [degrees] … for that to turn into snow and whether it will actually stick.”

In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, bus riders, bundled against the cold, wait for the next ride in Portland, Oregon. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing for the entire Willamette Valley Sunday, Jan 1., 2017.

In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, file photo, bus riders, bundled against the cold, wait for the next ride in Portland, Oregon. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing for the entire Willamette Valley Sunday, Jan 1., 2017.

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McCoy said at most, Portland residents can expect to see 1/2 an inch of snow Sunday, with some higher elevation areas of the Willamette Valley receiving more.

“There is the chance that we really don’t get anything to stick [Sunday] afternoon,” she added.

If snow does manage to stick, it could hang around for most of the week as a cold front rolling in Sunday is expected to keep temperatures below freezing through at least Wednesday.

McCoy says temperatures will hover right around 32 degrees through Wednesday, before starting to climb up above 32 degrees on Thursday. The southern Willamette Valley, near Eugene, might see slightly warmer temperatures, but should still expect clear skies free from rain for much of the week.

In response to the cold wave, numerous warming shelters around the Portland metro area are opening to help the region’s homeless population get out of the elements. Many shelters and churches are offering walk-in warming services. Some are open 24 hours while others have evening hours only. A complete list of warming shelters and their hours of operation during the coming week is available at 211info.org
or by texting “pdxshelter” to 898211.

 

Anyone seeking shelter can visit “211info dot org” or by texting “pdxshelter” to 898211.

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