'An additional 0.25-0.50 inch of ice is not out of the question'
EUGENE, Ore. - The Winter Storm Warning for snow and ice is over!
But, an Ice Storm Warning is now in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday.
"An Ice Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring," the National Weather Service in Portland said. "Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted."
The National Weather Service said shallow, cold air remains trapped in the Willamette Valley, creating below freezing temperatures.
This cold air combined with rain and freezing rain is causing ice to accumulate quickly in some places.
“An additional 0.25-0.50 inch of ice is not out of the question for anyone currently below freezing by sunset,” forecasters said.
The National Weather Service said south winds should reach the southern Willamette Valley later Sunday morning, lifting the temperatures above freezing. This will allow the freezing rain to switch over to rain.
The ice storm caps a week of wintry weather.
The region woke up to snow Wednesday, followed by record cold temperatures.
Many schools were closed Wednesday and Thursday; some remained closed Friday.
Forecast to produce more ice than snow, another storm moved in early Saturday.
Instead of less than an inch, the snow on Saturday came down heavy at times.
The National Weather Service said the day set a new record for January 7 snowfall.
And while the temperature was forecast to rise above freezing overnight, a layer of fog helped trap the cold air, delaying a thaw.