'Will we see snow down to the valley floor? Perhaps'


    "A colder and wetter weather pattern will spread into northwest Oregon and southwest Washington this weekend and early next week. The coldest temperatures & lowest snow levels of the winter will occur early next week. Snow is likely above 1000 feet early next week, but confidence at this point in whether or not snow will fall, let alone accumulate, below 1000 feet is low," the National Weather Service in Portland said.

    EUGENE, Ore. - Cold air and precipitation are headed our way this weekend, forecasters say.

    "Naturally, interest is quite high as to if these ingredients might come together with the correct timing to produce low elevation snow," the National Weather Service in Portland said Thursday morning.

    "Starting with what seems more confidently known: some of the coldest air of the season will spread into the region and snow levels likely will be the lowest thus far this year," forecasters said. "The bigger question, and as of yet the larger unknown: Will we see snow down to sea level/the valley floor?

    "For now, the best answer remains ... perhaps."

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    It will mark a dramatic shift from the sunny 60-degree weather Thursday, which came up a little short of the record high of 66 set back in 1934.

    Forecasters see rain and snow showers Sunday night into Monday.

    Snow is likely for the Cascade foothills and elevations above 1,000 feet.

    But it appears less likely that significant snow will fall to the valley floor and stick.

    Even if it does, the rain/snow mix should transition to rain by late morning.

    "The bottom line is that there is still a chance for low elevation snow next during the long term period, but a lot needs to come together for it to come to fruition," the National Weather Service in Portland said Thursday afternoon. "Stay tuned to the forecast over the next day or two as we start to hone in on the details."

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