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A pedestrian crosses the railroad tracks on SW Sixth Street in Corvallis on Tuesday morning.

Cold air from Canada is moving into the Pacific Northwest and bringing the possibility of more snow to the mid-Willamette Valley through much of next week, according to the National Weather Service.

“We are looking at the potential for multiple lowland snow events this weekend and early next week. For people who like snow, it’s really great. For people who don’t like snow, it’s probably concerning,” added Amanda Bowen, Weather Service meteorologist.

At least a slight chance of snow is predicted for Linn and Benton counties through Thursday, according to the Weather Service forecast.

And residents of communities in the Cascade foothills and the Coast Range should be more concerned than on the valley floor, as significant amounts of snow could accumulate at higher elevations.

The agency has issued a winter storm watch for the Sweet Home area for Friday night through Saturday afternoon, and 3 to 8 inches of snow are possible.

Snow levels are forecast to drop to the valley floor on Saturday afternoon. At that point, however, there’s going to be limited moisture in the area, so there shouldn’t be much accumulation for the Albany and Corvallis areas, Bowen said.

“There is a higher potential for more snow Sunday night into Monday, but that’s a system where there have been a lot of changes in our weather models in just the last 24 hours,” she said.

While the Weather Service is confident the Albany and Corvallis areas will see some snow on Sunday night and Monday, experts aren’t sure how much could coat the valley floor.

“This is one of those scenarios where people are going to want to keep up with the weather on a pretty constant basis,” Bowen said.

While there may be a few snowflakes that fall on Thursday night and Friday morning on the valley floor, only a dusting of snow is expected, Bowen said.

Still, with temperatures predicted to be below freezing throughout Linn and Benton counties, any precipitation could make the Friday morning commute dangerous, she added.

Here’s a more detailed look at the NWS forecast through Monday:

Albany-Corvallis

Friday: A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow between until 1 p.m., and rain likely after. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Friday night: Rain before 1 a.m., then rain and snow. Low around 34. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 1 p.m. High near 39. South southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Saturday night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. North northeast wind around 5 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before 4 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday night: Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Monday: A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.

Monday night: Rain and snow likely before 11 p.m., then snow likely until 1 a.m., then rain and snow after. Cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

Sweet Home

Friday: Snow likely before 10 a.m., then rain. High near 39. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Friday night: Rain before 10 p.m., then rain and snow. Low around 34. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 7 a.m. High near 37. South wind around 8 mph becoming west in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers before 4 p.m., then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday night: Snow likely, mainly after 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Monday: Snow likely before 10 a.m., then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Monday night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Alsea

Friday: A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Friday night: Rain before 1 a.m., then rain and snow. Low around 34. Light west southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 7 a.m. High near 38. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast around 6 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before 4 p.m., then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday night: Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 9 p.m., then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday: Rain likely before 10 a.m., then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Monday night: Rain and snow likely before 9 p.m., then snow likely until 10 p.m., then rain and snow likely after. Cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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