Winter Weather Possible for Mid-Valley

Halfway through April, and the Pacific Northwest may be looking at snow. 

According to the National Weather Service “an energetic low will move onshore overnight bringing heavy rain and snow across the area. Snow will remain in the high terrain for the majority of the event.  There is a 25-40% chance that the central Willamette Valley and a 15-30% chance that the southern Willamette Valley will see a trace to 1 inch of snow by 5 AM. Wind gusts 20 to 30 mph, with up to 40 mph possible in the central Willamette Valley and along the coast are also expected during this time.”   

Rain and snow showers are likely for Wednesday through the end of the week. Up in the mountains, snow totals from 12 inches to 24 inches are possible above 2,000 feet in the Oregon Cascades.  

The weather agency has launched a number of warnings and watches in the state, ranging from winter storm warnings to coastal wind advisories.  Check for up-to-date conditions locally or where you plan to travel. 

By Stacey Newman Weldon 

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