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The lower elevation areas in the Mid-Valley mostly escaped the snowfall that had been predicted Saturday.

Although the valley floor had a dusting of snow Saturday morning, with temperatures above freezing in Albany and Corvallis, little stuck around for long.

On Friday, the National Weather Service’s Portland office predicted one to two inches of snow for Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon on Saturday. However, as of 9 a.m. the service reported measuring less than one third of an inch of snow in Corvallis. The service did not have snow reports available for any cities in Linn County. Downtown Albany did receivec a snowy winter mix in the mid-afternoon.

The service’s forecast was for freezing temperatures overnight Saturday, causing travel impacts that would continue into Sunday, with additional snow flurries possible during the day.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast starting Sunday night,” the service said in its forecast. “Temperatures should be cold enough for snow across the area at the beginning of the system on Sunday, but will likely turn to rain below 1,000 feet Sunday night. Monday we will probably continue to see rain below 1,000 feet, but there is still much uncertainty with the forecast on Monday.”

Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check service was showing traffic as flowing free on I-5 in Linn County midday on Saturday and it had no traffic alerts posted for anywhere in Linn or Benton County.

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Anthony Rimel covers weekend events, education, courts and crime and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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