By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
February 06, 2014
While winter has been in full swing across the eastern two-thirds of the nation since seemingly late November, the West has had a hard time finding much in the way of extreme cold or snow.
That will all change on Thursday and persist right through the weekend as a series of storm systems aimed at the West Coast crashes into an arctic high pressure sitting overhead. Snow will start falling across Portland in the afternoon on Thursday and continue, in waves, throughout the day on Saturday.
Accompanying the snow will be strong winds from the east blowing out of the Columbia River Gorge. Areas such as Troutdale, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and Corbett, all in Oregon, will likely see blizzard conditions and nearly impossible travel beginning in the afternoon Thursday and lasting into Saturday.
Those expecting to travel on I-84 through the Gorge should be prepared for very hazardous conditions, such as blinding snow, whiteouts, extreme cold, road closures and the possibility of becoming stranded.
Similarly, those who will head south on I-5 will need to be ready for potentially life-threatening weather, especially when traveling through higher elevations south of Eugene.