Frigid Air Keeps Grip on Pacific Northwest

Storms have buffeted the region since Christmas causing power outages and other logistical issues.

Much of the Pacific Northwest has faced relentless cold and several surges of snow since Christmas. The frigid air is forecast to stick around into the new year, although forecasters say that a reprieve from the snow may be on its way.

Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, have both received snow every day since December 26. Record numbers have been reported in both areas. Some areas experienced power outages and road closures, but recovery teams are working to maintain local infrastructure in preparation for the potential of inclement weather.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an emergency declaration extending to January 3rd, saying, “I urge all Oregonians to make a plan with your family now and be prepared.” She added, “I am directing state agencies to work proactively with local emergency management partners to coordinate on communications for emergency services, such as warming centers. Winter storms mean increased risk for those traveling as well as those staying home for the holidays. Check on your neighbors and loved ones when you can do so safely. If road conditions worsen, please help our first responders by staying home when possible.”

Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and Idaho are all expected to receive precipitation by Monday or Monday night.

A potentially stronger storm is forecast for next Thursday delivering heavy rain for the coastal areas and snow in the mountains.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to protect and encourage those who are enduring the harsh winter conditions.
  • For those working to keep roads open and power supplied to residents.
  • For officials in FEMA and state and local governments as they respond to the needs of those impacted by the storms.

Sources: AccuWeather, Seattle Times, Klamath Falls News


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