Winter Weather Advisory for Eugene area canceled

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has canceled a Winter Weather Advisory for the southern Willamette Valley.

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Forecasters have adjusted earlier predictions that snow or freezing rain could fall on Eugene as early as Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the southern Willamette Valley, in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday until 4 a.m. Friday.

"Light rain or freezing rain is possible today, but the best chance for accumulating ice is for late tonight," forecasters said early Thursday morning.

Ice accumulation is forecast to be around 1/10th of one inch or less.

"There is a chance that the area could end up just above freezing, which would completely eliminate the threat of freezing rain," forecasters said.

The chance of snow increases the closer you get to the Columbia River Gorge, forecasters said.

The region has been battered by a series of ice and snow storms, most notably the December 14 ice event that caused $9.5 million in damage and plunged tens of thousands of homes into darkness.

President Trump has signed a disaster declaration, paving the way for FEMA to compensate local governments and utilities for a portion of that damage.

A snowstorm January 7 dumped a record-setting 4.5 inches of snow on Eugene.

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