Winter climate advisory set for Portland space; 1


A sprinkle of snow on the bottom in rural Clackamas County, Oregon. Dec. 14, 2021.

Greater elevations within the Portland space will see a sprinkle of snow Wednesday morning, and drivers throughout western Oregon ought to be careful for icy roads, forecasters say.

A winter climate advisory will likely be in impact for the Portland and Vancouver areas from 4 a.m. to midday Wednesday, with winds anticipated to gust as excessive as 35 mph. Forecasters predict one to 4 inches of snow will accumulate above 500 ft.

“The large query is — we’re assured that we are going to have precipitation — however will it fall as rain or snow?” stated Andy Bryant, a Nationwide Climate Service hydrologist based mostly in Portland. “In all probability it’s going to be slightly little bit of each.”

The prospect of snow comes after the primary lowland dusting of the season Tuesday. Yamhill, Washington and Clark counties caught the brunt of the wintry climate, and Northwest Portland and rural Clackamas County obtained a smidgen of snow.

Forecasters count on Portland-area temperatures to remain above freezing in a single day, seemingly hitting the mid-30s by 3 or 4 a.m., Bryant stated. The prospect for snow hinges on how arduous the precipitation pushes the thermometer again down.

The Willamette Valley south of Oregon Metropolis seemingly gained’t see any snowfall, however Portland’s West Hills and higher-elevation areas close to Sandy, Forest Grove and Hillsboro simply would possibly.

“Some folks will see some snowflakes within the morning, however most areas gained’t have a lot snow accumulation, possibly a dusting at most,” Bryant stated. “When you rise up above 500 and 1,000 ft, then there will likely be fairly a little bit of snow.”

The Oregon Division of Transportation cautioned that drivers all through Portland and the Willamette Valley ought to be careful for slick roads and black ice. Transportation officers stated crews could be standing by all through the evening to deploy plows, deicer and salt or sand as wanted.

The state fireplace marshal’s workplace reminded Oregonians to securely warmth their properties by retaining pets and kids away from fireplaces, transferring curtains and different flammable objects away from warmth sources and correctly ventilating fuel-burning heaters to forestall carbon monoxide poisoning.

House heating sparked greater than 487 construction fires all through the state final yr — roughly 17% of all Oregon construction fires in 2020.

“Because the temperatures drop and winter climate encourages us to spend extra time inside you will need to warmth your house safely,” Assistant Chief Deputy Claire McGrew stated in a press release. “Each winter throughout the state we see home fires that might have been prevented.”

— Zane Sparling;; 503-319-7083; @pdxzane


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