Mid Valley Snow Forecast, Winter Weather Advisories Issued for Alsea, Sweet Home | Local
Snow and sleet fell over parts of the Mid Willamette Valley on Tuesday afternoon, April 12 — including downtown Albany — creating slippery, slush-covered conditions.
Traffic slowed on the Santiam Freeway, visibility briefly dropped to about 1,000 feet, and cars drove very, very slowly on the off-ramp from the road to Rue Sud-Est de Lyon.
Parker Mowdy and Kaitlyn Tibbs of Albany were returning home from a meeting downtown when they were caught in sudden snow.
Mowdy pulled up the hood of his jacket against the gusts, hoisted his 3-year-old son Raiden Mowdy over his shoulder, and walked across Southwest Sixth Avenue near the Albany Fire Department.
“I made prints!” said Raiden.
The possibility of more snow is forecast for Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, and the National Weather Service has issued a special weather report on unusual winter conditions for mid-April.
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A winter weather advisory for the central foothills of the Coast Range and the Cascades, including Sweet Home, from 7 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday.
The National Weather Service forecast for the mid-valley of Linn and Benton counties included the possibility of rain showers and snow showers Tuesday evening, with a possible further half-inch of snowfall, and Wednesday, with a other half inch possible.
“Temperatures are expected to remain marginal for snow to accumulate at the valley floor, but localized accumulations of an inch or less certainly appear possible where heavier precipitation is occurring,” the special weather statement said.
“Any lowland snow that does occur is expected to melt rapidly Wednesday morning through Wednesday afternoon,” the statement added.
An inch or two of snow is possible above 500 feet.
A chance of rain showers and flurries returns to the valley bottom on Thursday, but little to no snow accumulation is expected.
Overnight lows are forecast to be in the low to mid 30s through Saturday night and are expected to dip below freezing Wednesday and Thursday night.
The Alsea region and other parts of the Central Coast Range could receive 3 to 6 inches of snow above 1,000 feet during the winter weather advisory period. Residents and travelers should expect slippery road conditions.
For the community of Sweet Home and other locations in the Cascade foothills, snowfall of 2 to 6 inches was expected at elevations above 1,000 feet from 7 p.m. Tuesday through noon Wednesday. Travel could be very difficult. A chance of snow returns Thursday.
Snowfall amounts of 8 to 16 inches are expected in the Upper Cascades, where a winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Travel can be very difficult, if not impossible, at places such as Tombstone Pass on Highway 20.
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