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Weather experts say snow will stick around all week for the South Willamette Valley

Anni Katz
A snowy Laurelwood Golf Course in southeast Eugene Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021.

The South Willamette Valley got upwards of eight inches of snow from the recent storm. And more was forecast for Monday night—about two inches

With cold overnight temperatures, icy roads will be hazardous. And temperatures aren’t expected to get much above freezing Tuesday. So, when will this snow melt?

Colby Newman is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“Through early Thursday you can pretty much bank on whatever snow you see out there now will more or less be there and we’re going to be adding to it,” Newman said. “Think the conditions will start to improve, well, will start to begin to improve most likely on Thursday.”

Newman said it’s unclear if another weather system expected at the end of the week will bring more snow or a mix of rain and snow.

The National Weather Service issued this weather statement Monday:

For the rest of the week, temperatures will remain well below normal. Overnight lows for most lower elevations will remain in the 20s. Afternoon high temperatures will struggle to reach very far beyond the lower 30s, if at all.

What does this mean... With these very cold temperatures, frostbite and hypothermia will
occur much faster. If outdoors, remember to dress in layers and cover exposed skin. Take precautions to protect pets and livestock from the extreme cold as well.

Uncovered pipes will also be susceptible to freezing and bursting. A slow moderating trend is expected to begin on Thursday with the potential for wintery weather that will continue into Saturday.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.