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'A new ice storm is on its way to Lane County this weekend': Are you ready for more?

Ready for more ice? (NWS Portland)

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EUGENE, Ore. - The cleanup from the December 14 ice storm wasn't yet finished when a snowstorm hit the region January 4 - and temperatures plunged to new record lows well below freezing.

Now the weather is poised to get worse before it gets better.

"According to the National Weather Service a new ice storm is on its way to Lane County this weekend that could wreak as much havoc as the December ice storm," the Lane County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. "Lane County Emergency Management urges all residents of Lane County to prepare now."

That's the message from power companies, too. Tens of thousands of customers lost power across Lane County in December.

"We are taking steps to prepare for severe weather and possible outages. We want to make sure our customers also are set,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator. “We would rather people be safe than sorry. That means we want our customers to plan on being out of power. If you dodged a bullet and had power during the last storm, don’t plan on that happening this time. If you were without power last time, figure you’re going to be without power again.”

The National Weather Service in Portland issued an urgent Winter Weather Message on Thursday afternoon declaring a Winter Storm Watch for Saturday morning through late Saturday night.

"A brief period of snow and sleet Saturday morning should quickly change over to freezing rain," forecasters said. "Freezing rain is expected to continue into Saturday evening, then change over to rain as temperatures rise above freezing Saturday night or early Sunday morning."

Forecasters said an inch of snow or less is possible, followed by up to a half inch of freezing rain.

"The combination of ice and snow will likely bring down some trees and power lines leading to power disruptions in some areas," forecasters said. "Travel will become difficult as ice and snow are expected to make untreated roads very slick."

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