Forecasters now say freezing rain won't impact Eugene area

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EUGENE, Ore. - Forecasters have adjusted earlier predictions that snow or freezing rain could fall on Eugene as early as Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service cancelled its Winter Weather Advisory for the Central Willamette Valley at 3:30 p.m. Thursday

"Light rain or freezing rain is possible today, but the best chance for accumulating ice is for late tonight," forecasters said early Thursday morning.

Now, they expect that ice will only impact the northern Willamette Valley.

Ice accumulation is forecast to be around 1/10th of one inch or less.

The chance of snow increases the closer you get to the Columbia River Gorge, forecasters said.

The region has been battered by a series of ice and snow storms, most notably the December 14 ice event that caused $9.5 million in damage and plunged tens of thousands of homes into darkness.

President Trump signed a disaster declaration, clearing the way for FEMA to pay for a portion of the damage.

A snowstorm January 7 dumped a record-setting 4.5 inches of snow on Eugene.

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