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Latest forecast for today and this weekend

Latest forecast for today and this weekend
Here's the most recent forecast from KATU's Rhonda Shelby.

The short version: wet and above freezing today in Portland, at least until about 5pm, then it gets cold again. Cold and icy tomorrow as cold air moves back into the region.

Then, maybe some snow this weekend, but likely 40 and wet for Christmas.

Of course, it all depends on where you live. 

Here's a recent missive from the Associated Press on the winter conditions, but I think their forecast for Thursday is out of date.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Snow, rain and freezing rain will make roads slick at least through Thursday in northwestern Oregon. The snow is expected to intensify as the weather front moves south.

Southerly winds may change snow to freezing rain, but colder air likely will lower snow levels Thursday before easing off Thursday night.

A winter weather advisory for the north and central Oregon coast has been canceled, as has one for pockets of freezing rain in Portland.

But it remains in effect for the Cascade Range and foothills and the Coast Range, with a cold front producing light, fluffy snow that can reduce visibility.

Up to 30 inches of snow was expected in the Cascades Wednesday night.

Wednesday's storm comes days after the area's first winter storm hit. So far, the weather conditions have iced roads and closed highways.

On Wednesday, a 60-year-old Amity man who was sledding outside his house died after being struck by a driver travelling through heavy snow. Kenneth John Meyer was with his wife and son, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, when he slid off his driveway and into the path of a 2004 Mazda pickup.

Sheriff Jack Crabtree said the driver, 57-year-old Mikel Steven Rogers of Amity, had no time to react before striking Meyer.

Further to the north in Portland, conditions eased as the day's snowfall turned to rain, which simplified the evening commute. By nightfall, much of the metro area remained beyond the snowstorm's reach.

"We're right on the edge," Andy Bryant of the National Weather Service in Portland told The Oregonian newspaper. "The system doesn't have a lot of moisture, but we're seeing rain on the coast and in the Coast Range, and a mix in the city."

The Thursday morning commute in the metro area is expected to be tougher with temperatures dipping below freezing overnight. Portland officials recommend workers take mass transit.

Bryant said more snow is likely for Sunday and Sunday night, and temperatures will remain below freezing into next week.


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