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Threat of snow in Portland but no prep panic


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The next round of winter weather is headed toward the Portland area this weekend but the threat of snow hasn’t sent anyone into panic mode just yet. 

By Friday, forecasts showed the next system will near the coast Sunday evening. Cold air trapped in the Columbia River Gorge and east of the Cascades could be pulled into the Portland metro area, though whether Portland actually sees any snow is still unclear. 

Two weeks ago, a snow system that moved through the area sent Portlanders into a frenzy. Grocery stores were packed with shoppers stocking up on everything from bread to bear to produce. 

But this time is different. Business carried on as usual at grocery stores across the Portland metro area on Friday, showing that snow may be the last thing on people’s minds. 

“I didn’t even know there was snow coming Monday, didn’t even pay attention to it,” said Lynette Castleberry, a shopper at Fred Meyer in Vancouver. “I think people are tired of it.” 

While Castleberry told KOIN 6 News she likes the snow and her kids would appreciate a snow day, another shopper said she’s just ready for the seasons to change. 

“I’m ready for summer, it’s time for summer,” said Malory Peters.

Peters said she’s stocked up on groceries and prepared if the snow does come but she’s still “a little worried about the whole work thing.” 

Parents can expect to wait until Monday morning to hear whether their kids will get a snow day. 

“We will be out on the roads at 3 a.m. Monday to check conditions, with a 5 a.m. call scheduled to make a decision,” a spokesperson with Portland Public Schools said. 

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