The National Weather Service has issued a number of warnings and watches for Oregon as a Winter storm shapes up with significant effects on travel quite possible. Here’s the latest…
* A Blizzard Warning is up for the western Columbia River Gorge where heavy snow, blowing snow and freezing rain is expected from 6:00am Thursday through 4:00am Friday. Snow accumulations could reach 5-10 inches followed by freezing rain as thick as a quarter inch. Add in windchills around zero aided by strong east winds gusting to 65-70 mph.
* A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Portland Metro area, McMinnville, Salem and all other communities in the northern and central Willamette Valley now through 2:00am Thursday. Snow accumulations from 1-3 inches and up to a quarter inch of ice build-up is possible from freezing rain. The southern cutoff for this Watch is just north of Albany and Corvallis.
* A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for the Cascades where 10-14 inches of snow is expected on Thursday into Friday along with windchills of 0F.
* A Winter Storm Warning is up for all of Eastern Oregon, with up to a foot of snow possible.
* A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6:00am on Thursday for the Gorge, Portland Metro, and the northern and central Willamette Valley.
* Although Coast Range Highways 18 and 20 east of Lincoln City and Newport do not have official advisories, 1-4 inches of snow is forecast for Wednesday night, followed by freezing rain and then warming to all rain on Thursday.
* There are currently no warnings, watches or advisories for the Central Coast. Winds should stay under 40 mph and precipitation is expected to be cold rain instead of a Wintery mix as our temperatures remain above freezing.