Is the snow over? Not so fast: 'There is a chance some snow could reach the valley floors'


    Snowfall totals ranged from about 1/3 of an inch at the Eugene Airport to more than an inch in parts of Corvallis, Albany and Portland (pictured). Photo by Tristan Fortsch

    EUGENE, Ore. - Snow fell on Western Oregon for a second straight day Tuesday.

    What do you say we do it again this weekend?

    Snowfall totals ranged from about 1/3 of an inch at the Eugene Airport to more than an inch in parts of Corvallis, Albany and Portland.

    Cottage Grove saw 2 inches of new snow, and mountain ski areas got a dose of the fresh: Mount Hood got a half foot of new snow.

    Now what?

    "Black ice a concern again tonight as temps should lower to near freezing as early as 7," NBC 16 chief meteorologist Carmen Rose said Tuesday afternoon. "Moisture on roadways today will re-freeze, creating slick spots and black ice."

    Coos County remains under a Freeze Warning until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Schools there were closed Tuesday. | Current Closures & Delays

    Rose said dry weather and sunshine should return to much of the region on Wednesday, but it won't last long. Clouds return Thursday and rain creeps back into the forecast Friday.

    Then there's this weekend.

    We need to talk about this week.

    "A strong upper-level low (similar to the system that brought the snow at the start of this week) tracks down from our north Saturday and Sunday," Rose said. "Rain showers are expected Saturday but Sunday could be a different story."

    According to Rose:

    Temperatures will drop behind a cold front Saturday which means we could be dealing with another round of rain/snow showers at low levels late Saturday night into Sunday morning and early Monday morning. The situation looks fairly similar to what we experienced late Sunday night into Monday morning and Tuesday morning of this week. A few inches of new snow are possible above 1,000 feet and there is a chance some snow could reach the valley floors by Sunday morning if temperatures dip low enough.

    "There is still a bit of uncertainty in the track of the low and strength of the associated cold front," Rose added, "so expect changes in the forecast as we progress through the week."

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