…CHANCE FOR LOW ELEVATION SNOW TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING…
A weakening frontal system will move across western Oregon and southwest Washington Tuesday afternoon and evening. This front will spread a widespread area of precipitation across most of the area for a few hours beginning early afternoon Tuesday along the coast, and spreading to areas farther east into the Cascades by Tuesday evening.
With this system, there is a chance for snow at elevations below 500 ft in the Willamette Valley north of Salem, including the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area beginning sometime mid to late afternoon on Tuesday. Confidence is moderate to high that areas in the Portland/Vancouver Metro will see a 1-3 hour period of light to perhaps moderate snow. However, confidence is lower in any appreciable accumulation amounts across the northern Willamette Valley. Within the northern Willamette Valley and the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area, the highest risk of accumulating snow, perhaps up to an inch is expected in higher elevations of the west hills, and the eastern suburbs east of I-205, and also in areas of Clark County to the north and east of Vancouver proper. These locations at elevations of 500-700 feet and higher could see a slushy inch or two of accumulation. In general, snow accumulation on roadways is expected to be minimal to none, but bridges, overpasses, ramps, and other elevated or exposed road surfaces are the locations most likely to see accumulation, and possibly some local slick spots. Any snow in low elevations below 500 feet should taper off to flurries or change back to very light rain by late evening Tuesday.
Locations in the Coast Range and Cascades Foothills above 500 feet could see 2 to 5 inches of accumulation. Higher elevations above 1200-1500 feet in the Coast Range and Cascades will likely see even higher snow accumulations from 5 to 8 inches. With a general 1 to 4 inches of snow expected in the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley.
Anyone with travel plans Tuesday afternoon and evening should be prepared for the possibility of winter driving conditions at low elevations, with winter driving conditions a virtual certainty in the mountains above 500-1000 feet elevation, and in the Columbia River Gorge.
For the most up-to-date forecast visit www.weather.gov/portland and for current road conditions, call 5-1-1.
Oregon reports 775 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 13 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,877, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 775 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 137,600.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 15,461 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 11,151 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 22 and 4,310 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 22.
Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).
Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 285,914 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).
To date, 492,450 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
These data are preliminary and subject to change. OHA’sdashboardsprovide regularly updated vaccination data and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 310, which is seven fewer than yesterday. There are 83 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than yesterday.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
12:27pm Power went out from Yachats to Seal Rock shortly after noon (Sunday). Power company trucks have been on the streets no doubt trying to track down the problem. The power company doesn’t have a phone line for people to get more information. Law enforcement says the power company knows about the outage and they’re working to fix it. No loss of power in Newport or Toledo.