PORTLAND, Ore. – Winter weather isn’t loosening its grip on the Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge just yet.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday for the Northern Oregon Cascades, South Washington Cascades, and Western Columbia River Gorge.
KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby says the western part of the Gorge will receive freezing rain or snow and areas east of Hood River will receive 3 to 6 inches of snow.
“As more waves of rain move up from the south and west, we’ll continue to see accumulation in the Gorge and possible trouble spots into the evening. A slow warming may begin this afternoon as temperatures may climb above freezing in spots by tonight,” Rhonda Shelby said.
The Columbia River Gorge could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch. Winds could reach 40 miles per hour.
The National Weather Service in Portland says the Northern Oregon and Southern Washington Cascades could receive 3 to 6 inches of snow at elevations above 3,500 feet. These areas could also accumulate two-tenths of an inch of ice on mountain passes. The wind will be gusting as high as 40 miles per hour.
They warn traveling across the Cascades could be difficult.
The Southern and Central Willamette Valley are also under a wind advisory from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. During this time period, meteorologists say there will be one hour or less when gusty south to southwest winds will occur.
Winds around the Eugene area will likely increase between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Salem winds will increase between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Aurora winds will increase between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Winds will be between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts reaching 45 to 50 miles per hour.
Experts warn the strong wind could blow down limbs, trees, and power lines.