A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 4:00am to 1:00pm Thursday. Freezing rain, possibly mixed initially for a short time with sleet or a little snow, beginning before sunrise then continuing as mostly freezing rain into the early afternoon. Precipitation should mainly be rain around or just after noon on Thursday. Snow accumulations from a trace to less than an inch. Ice accumulations up to one or two tenths of an inch. Travel will be difficult at times as roads become icy. A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use extreme caution while driving.
The Winter Storm Watch for the rest of Northwest Oregon, including the Coast Range and Willamette Valley, has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 4:00am until 2:00pm Thursday. Expect 1-4 inches of snow, and ice accumulations up to a quarter inch from freezing rain Thursday morning through afternoon, but lingering through midnight in Portland Metro and extreme Northwest Oregon. Travel will be hazardous with roads becoming snow- and ice-covered.
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