LOCAL FORECAST UPDATE: The chances of a rain/snow mix for the Central Coast on Saturday have been increased from 20% to 50%. Little or no snow accumulation is projected at this time. Temperatures are expected to rise to 35-40F tomorrow afternoon which would quickly melt anything that sticks. Stay tuned.
However, if you’re planning a trip to Salem or north to Portland tomorrow, be prepared for Winter driving conditions.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Willamette Valley including the I-5 corridor from Salem to Portland, and all of the Portland Metro Area, in effect from 7:00am to 10:00pm Saturday. Snow will start during the morning hours Saturday and continue through the day. Accumulation around half an inch of snow. Temperatures will drop into the mid-teens Saturday morning and will stay below freezing during the day Saturday. Roads will likely become snow-covered during the day Saturday. Conditions may become especially treacherous on any roadways which refreeze tonight.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The Coast Range will also have very cold temperatures, about 20F tonight, and near freezing tomorrow with a chance of snow in the passes through the day tomorrow.