Oregon deals with cold, icy conditions as cold snap continues

Oregon deals with cold, icy conditions as cold snap continues
Portland's Hawthorne Bridge was slick early Wednesday morning. (Photo by Mike Warner, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. — The western cold snap has brought wintery weather and some icy conditions to Oregon.

Nighttime temperatures are dropping well below freezing, and the cold is expected to last through the week.

In Portland, authorities said Wednesday the city's Willamette River bridges vital to commuter traffic would be the most dangerous spots for ice, and the city police reported one vehicle overturned on the Hawthorne Bridge. There was no immediate report of injuries.

Emergency crews also responded to a crash on a ramp to the Marquam Bridge.

The cold fronts will bring some moisture and good news for skiers: Coastal residents may see some snow, and in Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes ski area announced it will open for the season Saturday.

And what about our shot at snow? It's possible, said KATU meteorologist Rhonda Shelby.

"A weak disturbance will carry moisture south of the area -- south of Eugene -- on Thursday night and Friday. There is a slight possibility of snow flurries here in the valley," Shelby wrote in her daily forecast.