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Pacific Northwest storm approaches

6:30 A.M. ET 1/15/2005


Tim Ballisty, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Lingering cold air across the valleys of Washington and Oregon will combine with moist Pacific air aloft to produce sleet and freezing rain in some locations. The best chance for icing will be in the Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge today into Sunday. A winter storm is in effect for the cities of Portland, Troutdale, and the Dalles along the Columbia River. In the city of Portland specifically, precipitation today may start out briefly as snow then changeover to freezing rain creating a dangerous mess on area roads. As the evening approaches, freezing rain will finally give way to plain ol' rain. Meanwhile, significant amounts of snow will fall in the Cascades and mountain passes. A winter storm watch is in effect for eastern Washington, including Spokane, for heavy snow accumulations on Saturday night and Sunday.


Winter storm warnings are up for parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where significant lake-effect snow is likely. The Keweenaw Peninsula is particularly vulnerable.

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