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Winter Storm Watch for Willamette Valley this WeekendSalem-News.com Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow and freezing rain.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday morning for the Central Willamette Valley including the Salem metro area.
The storm is expected to bring significant impacts of snow and freezing rain across much of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Cold air will linger into this weekend as a low pressure system approaches from the Pacific.
This system will push several bands of precipitation southwest to northeast across the region beginning Saturday morning.
Temperatures will likely start off below freezing for all but the coast, resulting in a transition from snow or sleet to freezing rain, to plain rain as temperatures slowly rise above freezing.
This transition will occur most quickly in Lane County, and the slowest in and near the Columbia Gorge.
The result is expected to be a variety of winter weather ranging from heavy snow in the gorge to a potential ice storm for portions of the Willamette Valley and nearby hills.
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