Winter has decided that fall isn’t going to have a chance in 2014 with cold weather slapping the country hard this week. The cold isn’t letting up, with winter-like storms hitting the Pacific Northwest at the end of the week.
Expected at first to be just a bout of snow and freezing rain, it is now looking like forecasters are expecting “a doozy of a storm.”
Forecasters are now saying that up to a half-foot of snow could fall in Portland on Thursday from a storm that could last much of the day.
“We’re looking at snowfall potential for Portland of 4 to 6 inches, turning over to a freezing rain type of event late in the day and continuing into Thursday night,” the National Weather Service’s David Elson said. “It’s not going to be a quick shot of snow and then go right into rain as we thought during the past day or two.”
The weather gets worse into the Columbia River Gorge as blizzard conditions are now being forecast.
The country has already experienced some of its earliest snowfall in 100 years with records being broken all across the nation.
As early as Halloween, Chicago experienced its first snowfall on the spooky holiday in a decade.
As Chicago’s NBC affiliate noted, on Wednesday, Chicago recorded its coldest high temperature since 1996.
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