The snow must go on; but here comes the sun


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Tired of the cold, wet weather? Hang in there a little while longer because it’s going to get a little worse before it gets better. 

Just keep thinking happy thoughts — like how this weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm (and by warm, we mean 50 degrees, which is significantly warmer than Wednesday’s daytime high of 35 degrees). And the official start of spring is just 2 weeks away! 

Snow is expected to fall overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning, though snow showers will be on and off. A trace to 1 inch could accumulate on the valley floor while slightly higher accumulations are possible for neighborhoods at 500 feet and up. 

This system will add to the Cascade snowpack and drivers should expect winter driving conditions over the passes through at least Friday. 

Snow moved through the Willamette Valley on Wednesday. It stuck to trees and came down hard in places like Hockinson and neighborhoods in Oregon City but most places didn’t see any snow sticking to the roads. 

“I want to know what it’s doing here in March,” said Garrett Anderson. “It seems like it doesn’t belong here this time of year.” 

Video: Drivers have mixed emotions about March snow

If you’re tired of the snow and can’t wait for a break, take comfort in knowing that this system is adding to the Cascade snowpack. Drivers should expect winter driving conditions over the passes through at least Friday. 

According to the National Weather Service, the winter weather we’ve had in just the past month has significantly improved drought conditions across Oregon. 

“The water supply forecast for the spring and summer of 2019 is near-average for most Oregon watersheds,” said the NWS. 

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