Ruler in the snow
Snowfall accumulations in the Philomath vicinity appear to be in the range of 8 to 13 inches. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Now that the bulk of the snow has passed through, the region must now brace itself for frigid temperatures this week. That means driving on icy roads, dressing in layers and covering exposed skin to avoid frostbite and hypothermia, and taking precautions to protect pets, livestock and uncovered pipes.

Snowfall amounts varied from around 7 inches in Philomath to 13 inches in Kings Valley.

The National Weather Service’s winter storm warning ended early Monday morning but the agency has issued a bulletin about the cold temperatures that are expected this week.

“This morning’s below freezing temperatures combined with yesterday’s melted snow at lower elevations will result in icy conditions and potentially hazardous travel conditions this morning and potentially into the afternoon, especially where roads have remained untreated,” the NWS reported Monday. “Additional light snowfall that fell overnight on top of the ice will make conditions worse.”

Temperatures are expected to remain well below normal with overnight lows in the 20s and daytime highs in the 30s. According to a forecast published on Weather.com, Philomath’s high for Monday is predicted to be 34 with an overnight low of 29. The temperature on Monday isn’t expected to climb out of the 20s until past 11 a.m. More snow is possible overnight.

A Kings Valley property owner snapped this photo Monday with a report that 13 inches had fallen. (Photo by Joe Fulton)

Philomath forecasts for the rest of the week show a high of 37 and low of 28 on Tuesday, high of 35 and low of 26 on Wednesday, high of 41 and low of 31 on Thursday and high of 40 and low of 25 on Friday. Rain or snow could fall on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation encourages travelers to visit tripcheck.com and check road conditions along a route from start to finish. Tripcheck.com cameras include temperature, elevation and other details about road conditions.

ODOT also has the following tips for motorists:

• If encountering snow, ice or extra traffic, be sure to slow down and give extra space for stopping.

• Keep your vehicle in good operating shape, checking brakes, lights, tires and wipers.

• Watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians. In wintry conditions, visibility drops.

• Pay attention to roadside message signs. They contain critical information about conditions on the road ahead.

• Be patient, wear your seat belt and pay attention to conditions.


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