Two more storm systems will bring snow to the region beginning this afternoon and lasting throughout the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Marilyn Lohmann says the first storm is caused by a low-pressure system in California.
“We could see overnight into Saturday morning, around one to two inches of snow, possibly a little bit higher right along the foothills,” Lohmann said. “Over the Blue Mountains, there probably will be amounts from three to five inches.”
The second storm will follow right on the first one’s heels, due to hit Saturday. It’s much stronger than the first one.
“Pendleton and the foothills area could see anywhere between two to four, possibly even three to five inches of snowfall,” she said. “It still lingers a little bit on Sunday, with possibly another inch.”
There is expected to be snow throughout western Oregon and Washington as well, including Portland, which is under a winter storm watch and Seattle, where a winter storm warning is in the cards.
Temperatures will remain below freezing for the area. Lohmann says more storms could be on the way. There are a number of other possible systems that could impact the area this month, but it’s too early to predict when they’ll come and how strong they will be.