Winter Storm Could Blanket Portland With Up to 10 Inches of Snow

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Winter sunrise in Portland 2018 (Rick Cameron)

Ready for snow or not Oregon, here it comes. At least according to the National Weather Service, which is predicting by Thursday at noon potentially freezing rain in the late morning, and snow by the afternoon. The winter storm advisory for the Portland metro area is saying 2 to 6 inches at this time to start with. Much of western Oregon and Washington are expected to see below-freezing temperatures.

Starting late Friday, we could be seeing between 5 and 10 inches by midday Saturday. This is said to be a “conservative” estimate, according to Scott Weishaar, a meteorologist who’s with the Portland branch of the National Weather Service. Weishaar adds we may see between 6 and 12 inches of snow.

For surrounding areas like Oregon City, Beaverton and Tigard, realistically are looking more at 2 to 4 inches of snow. OPB reports Salem and Astoria won’t be seeing much snow, with less than an inch, followed by a quarter inch of freezing rain. Eastern and Central Oregon are also under a winter storm warning starting tonight. The region is expected to see additional snowfall late Friday and Sunday night.

Salem and Astoria could see less than an inch of snow, followed by a quarter inch of freezing rain. And a stretch of Eastern and Central Oregon stretching from The Dalles to south of Bend are under a winter storm warning Thursday night, with additional snowfall predicted for that region late Friday and again on Sunday night.

While this is could be a significant amount of snow for Portland, it still doesn’t touch over 78 years ago, when Portland saw the most snowfall ever recorded on a single day in the city – more than 15 inches.

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The front page of The Oregonian on January 22, 1943, showcased a deserted downtown Portland.

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