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A light dusting of snow lingered along the side of the road near Larwood Bridge later Friday morning as a skift of snow fell in areas of east Linn County.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the mid-Willamette Valley from midnight to 7 p.m. on Saturday, but conditions could be more severe for the Coast Range and the Cascade foothills this weekend.

And the snow could keep falling on Sunday, according to weather forecasts.

"There's not going to be any warm-up between these two events," said Clinton Rockey, Weather Service meteorologist. 

"We're going to be turning colder Saturday night, so any moisture on the road will want to freeze up. It's going to be slicker than snot on Saturday night and into Sunday morning," Rockey added.

The Weather Service is predicting that 1 to 2 inches of snow will fall for Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon and surrounding areas on Saturday, though elevations above 500 feet could get more accumulation.

"We're looking at an inch, maybe two inches on Sunday night," Rockey said.

But the mid-valley will escape the worst of the storm.

A winter storm warning was issued for the Sweet Home area from 7 p.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday. According to the warning, 6 inches to a foot of snow is expected in the Cascade foothills.

Rockey said that the Cascade passes may get hammered with a foot of snow or more on Sunday night, and the foothills also may be hit hard again.

The winter weather advisory for Alsea, Burnt Woods and other communities, issued for 7 p.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday, cautions that 3 inches to 7 inches of snow are expected over 1,500 feet in elevation. Lower-lying areas in the central Coast Range could get 2 inches to 5 inches of snow.

Snow is forecast for the Coast Range on Sunday night, as well.

Throughout Linn and Benton counties, travel could be slippery and difficult, with low visibility. However, the Weather Service warned that in the Cascade foothills, motorists should carry chains, and travel could be hazardous or even impossible.

The possibility of snow disappears from the forecast on Monday.

However, the possibility of a wintry mix of rain and snow returns on Tuesday night for the Cascade foothills and central Coast Range areas, and on Wednesday for the valley floor.

Pacific Power also is warning that the frigid weather, snow and ice bring the possibility of power outages to the area.

Here’s a detailed look at the Weather Service forecast through Monday night.

ALBANY/CORVALLIS

Friday night: Rain. Low around 32. South southwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain, possibly mixed with snow. High near 37. North wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely before 7 p.m., then snow likely between until 10 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before 4 p.m., then a chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday night: A chance of snow before 10 p.m., then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Monday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Monday night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 33.

SWEET HOME

Friday night: Rain before 10 p.m., then rain and snow. Steady temperature around 36. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 10 a.m. High near 37. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely before 7 p.m., then snow likely until 10 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers, mainly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., then a chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday night: Snow likely, mainly between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Monday: Rain likely before 10 a.m., then rain, possibly mixed with snow. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 34. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 33.

ALSEA

Friday night: Rain. Low around 32. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 10 a.m. High near 37. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely before 7 p.m., then snow likely between until 10 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. East northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before 4 p.m., then snow likely after 4 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday night: Snow likely before 10 p.m., then rain. Low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

Monday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 37. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Monday night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 34.

Around the West

A storm pounded Washington state Friday, forcing the cancellation of 200 flights in Seattle as officials worked to get people off the streets and into shelters during the nation's latest bout with winter weather.

Snow began falling north of Seattle with some areas recording 8 inches of snow before it made its way south and enveloped the city.

Many businesses closed early so workers could get home.

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, saying everyone in the state should focus on staying safe.

"Forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years," he said.

In California, more than 120 visitors and staff members were rescued after being snowbound in a Sierra Nevada resort for five days.

Up to 7 feet of snow had trapped the guests and staff beginning Sunday at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Alicia Embrey said.

Crews had to travel by snowmobile to get to the lodge in mountains east of Fresno. Heavy equipment and crews then cleared more than 20 fallen trees and 8 miles of deep snow on the road leading to the lodge to allow guests and staff to leave the property Thursday night, and another winter storm was on the way.

In Yosemite National Park, as many as 50 housing structures near Half Dome Village were damaged by trees toppled during a snowstorm earlier this week, displacing more than 160 employees who provide food, lodging and other services for visitors.

Forecasters said Portland could get up to 4 inches of snow later today, with two more snowstorms expected to hit the city next week.

Residents in Portland and Seattle, two cities where rain is more common than snow in the winter, emptied grocery store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and de-icer.

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Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard. AP journalists Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles and Gillian Flaccus in Portland contributed to this report.

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