Thursday, November 12, 2009

Storm could bring snow to Coast Range

Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:30 am

Ready or not, here comes winter.

A series of storms forecast to hit the state this week could bring snow to the Coast Range and will likely soak the Willamette Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Wednesday for the foothills of the Cascade and Coast ranges. According to the agency, three different storm systems are expected to hit the region in the next three days.

The first arrived Wednesday, bringing rain to Corvallis and snow flurries to the Cascades.

The next storm was predicted to move in Wednesday night and this morning, with the last following tonight and Friday.

Though most snow accumulation - 1 to 3 feet - is expected in higher elevations, snow levels could drop to between 1,500 and 2,500 feet tonight and Friday.

The Corvallis-area forecast calls for rain today and Friday, with highs of about 48 degrees.

Lows will drop to the mid-30s tonight and Friday night.

There is a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's high is expected to be in the low 50s.

The snow forecast for the mountains is good news for ski resorts.

Just two Oregon ski areas are currently open: Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows. Neither is operating all lifts.

Other ski areas that have announced anticipated opening dates are Hoodoo (Nov. 27), Mount Bachelor (Nov. 20) and Anthony Lakes (Nov. 27).

Anyone planning to drive over mountain passes this week should be prepared for winter conditions. Carry chains, extra clothing, and food and water.

To check road conditions, see www.tripcheck .com.

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