PORTLAND — The second day of a fierce winter storm has blanketed parts of the Northwest with another half-foot of snow as icy conditions made highways treacherous and claimed another life.
New snow totals by Friday evening ranged from 9 inches in western Oregon’s Willamette Valley at Corvallis to 2 inches in Portland and an inch in Vancouver, Wash. Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, has gotten 18 inches of snow in two days.
There’s a 20 percent chance of snow in Seattle for Saturday, said Dustin Guy of the National Weather Service. The closest area to Seattle with significant accumulations will be between Olympia and Vancouver, Wash.
In Oregon, forecasters extended to Saturday night a winter storm warning for freezing rain, sleet and snow in much of the Willamette Valley.
In the Portland area and Southwest Washington, the snowfall was expected to decrease by Saturday morning before another snow surge arrives later in the day.
Oregon State Police say a female passenger was killed Friday in a single-vehicle crash on icy Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge.
One person died Thursday in an Interstate 5 pileup in Southwest Washington.
Many schools and offices were closed Friday.