Snow and ice storm spreads winter precipitation through Willamette Valley
EUGENE, Ore. – A mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain began pelting the Willamette Valley early Saturday morning.
The precipitation created dangerous driving conditions shortly after it started.
Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Portland said the precipitation will gradually turn into rain. However, a winter storm warning remains in effect for the Eugene area until 6 a.m.
The storm system is moving from south to north and will affect the greater Portland metro area later in the day. In Portland, the winter weather could combine with winds out of the east to keep temperatures below freezing.
Forecasters expect the winter weather will avoid the coast. Temperatures along the shoreline are expected to remain above freezing.
Forecasters issued a winter storm warning through Sunday morning for the Cascade foothills and the Cascades in Lane County, the Central Coast Range of Western Oregon, and the South Willamette Valley, including Eugene.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through Sunday afternoon for the central Willamette Valley, including the Salem area, the northern Oregon Cascades and the north Oregon coast.
Portland’s conditions will linger longer, their winter storm warning is expected to last through Sunday evening.