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Snowy Saturday

Roads in Corvallis had a little slush from overnight snowfall Saturday morning. Snow isn't expected to hit the valley floor for the next couple of days, but higher elevations could see lots of the white stuff. Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest is digging out from Saturday's weekend storm, and more could be on the way. For a photo of a public snowfall fight in Tacoma, see page A9. 

The National Weather Service’s Portland office predicts that the floor of the Willamette Valley won't be getting any snow Monday, but higher elevation areas will continue to get hammered with winter weather.

“Precipitation will mostly be rain for elevations below 1,000 feet in the Willamette Valley,” the service said in its forecast Sunday. The service said snow levels would be above 1,000 feet in the northern part of the state and above 2,000 feet in the southern part of the state.

“In the Cascades passes, we'll get multiple feet of new snow,” the service said.

The service had active winter weather advisories for the valley floor Friday and Saturday, but those advisories had expired by Sunday afternoon.

The service said snow was possible at lower elevations Tuesday and Wednesday. It predicts drier conditions from Wednesday into Thursday.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Northwest, residents more accustomed to rain than snow were digging out from a winter storm and bracing for more on Sunday.

The sun was out but the National Weather Service said snow would return late in the afternoon into the evening across the Northwest. Snowfall amounts will range from an inch to 3 inches through Sunday night.

Light snow started to make its way into the interior lowlands in the late afternoon, the Weather Service said.

An expected 2 feet to 4 feet from Sunday through Wednesday in the Cascades could be welcome to skiers and snowboarders, Will Ahue, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Portland, told The Oregonian.

Storms have delivered more snow to Seattle in the first days of February than it usually gets in a year, The Seattle Times reported.

Snow was expected to push into the Puget Sound area later Sunday afternoon and continue into the early overnight hours, the Weather Service said. There will be a brief break before another system arrives.

"Don't overlook that first system," meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch told The Seattle Times. "But the second one will arrive right on its heels and looks to be more substantial. Between them, there's not much time to spare."

Temperatures were in the teens or single digits. Low temperature records could fall Sunday, meteorologists said.

It was 9 degrees in Arlington, Washington early Sunday. The Weather Service said that was colder than the Arctic coast or North Slope of Alaska.

In Northern California, the latest in a series of storms dusted beaches with snow and caused whiteout conditions on mountain roads. The National Weather Service office in Eureka reported accumulating snow at sea level. KIEM-TV posted photos of Clam Beach in Arcata covered in fresh powder.

The last time Humboldt County beaches saw snow was during the winter of 2002-03, forecasters said.

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