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Wild Winter Continues for Portland, Oregon

Another week, another chance for snow and freezing rain in a place you might not expect it.

Portland, Oregon is bracing for more snow and ice later this week, once again, as another Pacific system gets ready to bring wintry weather to the Rose City. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Portland issued a Winter Storm Watch on Tuesday in anticipation of a wintry mix on Thursday and Friday.

The quick forecast: snow starts in the Portland metro area on Thursday evening, continuing into the nighttime hours before enough warm air at the middle and upper levels of the atmosphere changes the snow over to freezing rain. The NWS is currently forecasting up to two inches of snow before the changeover, and about a quarter to four-tenths of an inch of ice into Friday morning. That’s enough ice to certainly cause major travel disruptions along with scattered power outages.

This isn’t a typical winter for Portland, a fairly temperate city due to its elevation near sea level and its location roughly 75 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Portland averages just six inches of snow a year, but its already seen nearly double that amount with 11.2″ of snowfall this season, most of which came in a major snowstorm earlier this month. Ice has also been a frequent visitor to the Rose City, with several ice events in December and so far this January. Now, it appears ice and snow will plague Portland to start February as well.

As a result, Portland is likely to encounter significant travel disruptions with this week’s snow and ice event.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the continued active winter out West.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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