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Cold Weather Shelters Open As Oregon And Southwest Washington See Snow

Fresh spring bouquets for sale as it snows in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Fresh spring bouquets for sale as it snows in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Parts of Oregon got some snow late Friday night and into early Saturday morning.  

As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service’s Portland office recorded 0.3 inches of snowfall. Total daytime accumulation of snow in southwest Washington is expected to be 1 to 3 inches.

“Accumulations will generally range from a dusting to an inch or two,” NWS Portland said in its forecast for the Portland metro area.

There is a cold weather advisory in place for Multnomah County and cold weather and winter shelters will be open Saturday night. Specific information about shelters around the state can be found by calling 211 or visiting the 211 website.

NWS said snow shouldn’t stick to roads or sidewalks for more than a few hours, if at all, so travel should not be impacted. Still, there’s a winter weather advisory in place until noon Saturday for the metro area and Columbia River Gorge region and until midnight for the Coast Range.  

Cold temperatures are expected to stick around over the weekend, but “a return to real spring conditions is in the offing for the first part of next week,” NWS Portland said.  

Parts of Eastern Oregon, across the Cascades and around John Day have a winter storm warning until Sunday at 5 p.m. Heavy snow is expected in that area with accumulations of 2 to 7 inches, according to the NWS.

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