Ice storm warning applies to Portland, Vancouver areas; thaw coming

An ice storm warning is in effect and continues until Monday morning.

PORTLAND, Malm – An Ice storm warning is applicable to the Portland and Vancouver areas. The warning continues until kl. 6 Monday. KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino says after the warning expires, lowland areas will be made with snow and freezing rain.

Zaffino says heavier rainfall rolls in overnight, and for much of the Portland area, especially east of I-205 and in the West Hills, the rain will fall in air during frost. Between .1 and .5 inches of ice will accumulate.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said people should expect snow and ice-covered roads on Monday. Widespread power outages and wood damage due to ice are also possible.

The good news, Zaffino said, is that Monday will bring warmer temperatures and melting begins.

Columbia River Gorge still gets snowfall Sunday night with a mix of ice or freezing rain. Zaffino said the gorge may possibly see an empty ice.

Since Thursday, Zaffino said 7-14 inches of snow has covered parts of the North Willamette Valley and southwest Washington. In the counties of Marion and Clackama, there has been an empty snow accumulation or more. Mount Hood Meadows has received at least 33 inches of snow and counting since the storm began.

The snow and ice mixture has caused slippery roads and fallen trees and power lines throughout the metro area. People should be at home and avoid driving if possible.

Hundreds of thousands of customers are without power over the metro area. From kl. On Sunday, Portland General Electric reported more than 200,000 customers without power from Portland down through Marion County. Check for updates in your area.

Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency in nine counties due to power outages, transport disruptions and fallen trees and power lines.

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Portland subway area

The metro area is now in one Ice storm warning until 6 Monday. NWS said ice accumulations of one-third to two-thirds of an inch can be expected, heaviest near the western Columbia Gorge and across the West Hills. People should expect snow and icy roads on Monday. Widespread power outages and wood damage due to ice are also possible.

Portland and the surrounding areas have received between 7 and 14 inches of snow since Thursday night, Zaffino reported. People should be at home and avoid driving if possible.

Temperatures will be warm Monday morning and thawing should begin.

Columbia River Gorge

The western part of the Columbia River Gorge remains below one Winter storm warning to 6 on Monday. NWS said further snow accumulations of 1 to 6 inches near Cascade Locks and ice accumulations of up to three-quarters of an inch near Corbett and Multnomah Falls, and gusts as high as 40 mph can be expected.

The heavy snow, ice and wind have led to dangerous driving conditions.

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Southwest Washington

One Ice storm warning entered into force in the Vancouver area at 13 Sunday and lasts until Monday morning. Similar to the Portland subway, snow and ice-covered roads are expected on Monday. Widespread power outages and wood damage due to ice are also possible.

Clark County declared a state of emergency Saturday morning due to heavy snow and ice in the area. Officials are asking Clark County residents to stay home and off the roads until weather conditions improve.

Willamette Valley

The region is below one Winter weather advice until 6 Monday. Up to 2 inches of snow is possible in some areas along with up to a quarter inch of ice.

KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino said Canby got 1-1.5 inches of ice accumulation, and Oregon City got 1 inch of ice accumulation Saturday night. There were widespread reports of an empty ice cream in Marion County from Friday night to Saturday morning.

Travel in the area is highly discouraged. Power outages were reported everywhere in Marion County.

Coast Range

ONE Winter weather advice ended at 18 Sunday. Additional snow accumulation of up to 3 inches and ice accumulation up to two-tenths of an inch is possible in areas such as Vernonia and Jewell, according to the NWS.

Drivers must be prepared for icy roads.

What’s next?

Monday brings warmer temperatures with humidity to rain and ends the threat of winter weather. Zaffino said Monday night everything will be slushie and melt.

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