Get ready for tomorrow's commute: Snow, rain and sleet

Get ready for tomorrow's commute: Snow, rain and sleet

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Things could get sticky during tomorrow's morning commute.

That's when forecasters predict a mix of rain and snow between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., with a couple inches of it sticking at elevations above 1,000 feet.

KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky said he expects a half inch or less for the valley floor with possibly more in areas north of Portland, including Clark County.

"It looks like Old Man Winter will pay us a brief visit Friday morning," Salesky tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement, also calling for sleet and possibly freezing rain. Forecasters say the precipitation will begin as light snow sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday and will transition to sleet.

This forecast means Friday's commute will be messy, Salesky said. Drive are advised to go slowly and with caution.

The good news is this weather event will be short lived.

"The winter mix will change rapidly to rain sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.," the weather service's weather statement said.

Road Crews Prepare for Snow/Ice

In Vancouver, road crews spent Thursday getting ready for whatever happens Friday morning. They are taking the weather threat seriously and they say drivers need to do the same.

Washington Department of Transportation crews loaded salt and deicing solution into trucks. If things get bad, they will focus their efforts on major travel routes first.

"We have priority routes. I-5 and I-205 are the top priority. And from there, it's SR-14 and SR-500," said Magan Reed, spokeswoman for WSDOT. "We're going to have at least eight trucks out starting at four o'clock in the morning, maybe more depending on what we see and what happens. But we're just getting ready now."

In the Portland-metro, area ODOT has plows, gravel, and deicer trucks ready to go. Crews will head out between midnight and 4 a.m. to start evaluating the roadways. Their priorities are Interstate 5, I-205, I-84 and Highway 26. They will focus on overpasses, on and off ramps, and hilly areas. And then move to other areas where needed.

"We've used as much deicer this year than we used in each of the last two years, not together, but in each of the last two years," said Don Hamilton, ODOT spokesman.

Watch KATU News at 11 for all the latest on this weather event.

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