UPDATE 10:30 a.m. | By midmorning, forecasts for up to 6 inches of snow in the Portland area Thursday were being sharply reduced.
Temperatures were staying higher than expected, with the possibility of sleet or freezing rain falling in some areas. The most recent forecasts said only a small chance of snow remained, but less than 3 inches.
A light snow fell in some parts of the Portland/Vancouver early today. Earlier forecasts for a heavy snowfall kept many commuters off the roads and prompted numerous schools to close or switch to later start times.
In Seattle, skies were clear and temperatures were in the low 40s by 10:30 a.m.
PREVIOUS POST |A narrow band of snowy weather that has started dumping what could become 4 to 6 inches of snow on Portland and Vancouver throughout the day is expected to miss the Puget Sound area entirely.
Although the Seattle metro area is forecast to have freezing temperatures for the next several nights, a dry condition has developed that should last into next week, said Jeff Michalski, Weather Service meteorologist.
Michalski said snowfall could come as far north as Lewis County in the system that’s now concentrated along the Columbia River.
By 6 a.m., snow had started to fall at the Portland International Airport. Numerous schools in the Portland/Vancouver area had announced closures or schedule changes.
The Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Thursday night for the Portland metro area, northwest Oregon and southwest Washington and east through the Cascades. It includes most of eastern Oregon and southeast Washington.
In Seattle, sunny skies were expected with high temperatures in the mid to upper 40s though Monday, and lows that could dip into the upper 20s each night.