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'Modest potential' of more snow this week for Eugene; over a foot of new snow for Cascades

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"There is modest potential for a couple inches of snow mainly for the Salem and Eugene areas," the National Weather Service said in a Winter Weather Advisory issued Monday afternoon.

"A complex series of low pressure systems will bring a few rounds of snow across the region through Wednesday afternoon," forecasters said Monday. "A one-two-three punch of low pressure systems will affect southwest Washington and northwest Oregon tonight through Wednesday afternoon."

The chance of snow for Eugene is part of that third punch.

As of Monday, the impact is uncertain. | FORECAST

"This third system brings the least confidence and seems most likely to affect the Cascades from Mount Jefferson southward," forecasters said in the advisory. "However, there is modest potential for a couple inches of snow mainly for the Salem and Eugene areas, and some threat for around an inch in the Portland metro area overnight Tuesday night and Wednesday morning." | CURRENT CLOSURES & DELAYS

But the forecast was enough to prompt the Egan Warming Center to activate for Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the Cascades of Lane County remain under a Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday morning.

"The most significant rates will fall Tuesday afternoon and early evening," forecasters said. "Snow accumulation will average at about an inch per hour or less except for a period Tuesday afternoon and evening where 1.5 to 2 inch per hour rates are probable. Storm total accumulations of 1 to 2 feet are possible ending Wednesday afternoon." | HOODOO SKI AREA CAMERAS

Forecasters said travel across the Cascades on Highway 58 (Willamette Pass) and Highway 126 (Santiam Pass) may become difficult or impossible at times. | OREGON PASS CAMERAS | REAL-TIME TRAFFIC

Lane County is still recovering from a month of wintry weather.

An ice storm December 14 did nearly $9.5 million in damage to trees, roads and the electrical infrastructure. The storm plunged tens of thousands of people into darkness without power, some for more than a week.

Public Works crews were still cleaning up from that storm when snow blanketed the region January 4.

Most schools in the area closed Wednesday and Thursday. Some opened Friday.

Then Saturday hit, with record snowfall in Eugene capped by an extended period of freezing rain from Eugene to Portland.

Temperatures finally crept above freezing and stayed there on Sunday, turning the snow and ice into a mushy mess. Both the University of Oregon and Oregon State delayed the start of winter term, and local schools across the region closed.

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