Snow: Thursday or this weekend - or not at all

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EUGENE, Ore. - Weather service forecasters predict a winter storm rolling across Oregon in the wee hours Thursday, followed by a storm that could drop as much as 3 inches of snow this weekend.

The observations and musings of federal weather diviners add up to whether school children look out the window and see the bright white reflection of a potentially school-closing snowfall.

Sorry to break it to you, kids: If it doesn't happen Thursday, the next best shot is this weekend.

"The next system of interest drops down along the coast Saturday into Saturday evening. with the modeled trajectory there would be no onshore flow so it appears cold enough for primarily snow across the interior," a National Weather Service forecaster wrote. "The coast looks marginal but precip would likely also fall as snow, particularly across the north coast.

Moisture looks to be the question mark," the forecaster noted, saying one computer model looked "pretty dry but also looks pretty weird."

Another forecast model "looks more reasonable and would suggest a widespread 1-3 inch snow event for the interior...with perhaps more than that across the central and south valley.

"Again: may have to wait a few model runs before the answer is revealed."