Salem residents should expect to see snowfall this week starting late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
As of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the agency’s reading at McNary Field forecasts showers and possibly a thunderstorm Tuesday, which could produce small hail. Rain and snow showers are likely to start after 10 p.m. and continue into Wednesday.
Little or no snow accumulation is expected Tuesday night, with a low around 34 degrees, according to the weather service.
The Salem area will likely see rain and snow showers Wednesday – with less than a half inch of snow buildup – then only rain after 1 p.m.
The agency is forecasting a chance of rain and snow showers before 7 p.m. Wednesday, then a chance of snow showers. A low around 25 degrees is expected Wednesday night, with 1 to 3 inches of new snow.
The city of Salem’s Public Works Department is preparing plows, sanders and deicers in ahead of the freezing temperatures. “Roads may be slick, especially in the overnight or early morning hours. Remember to watch your step while walking outside, increase your stopping distance while driving, slow down around corners, and allow plenty of extra time to get where you are going,” the city said in a Facebook post Tuesday.
Snow showers are possible before 10 a.m. Thursday, with less than a half-inch of snow buildup according to the weather service.
There will be a slight chance of rain and snow Saturday after 4 p.m., and rain and snow will be likely Sunday night and Monday.
This story was updated after the city of Salem shared information about its preparation for the freezing weather.
Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.
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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.