National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning for Northwest Oregon, Salem Areas

Posted on December 21, 2022

City of Salem – 12/21/22 4:30 PM

Salem, Ore. — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Thursday, December 22, 2022, beginning at 4 p.m., until Friday, December 23, 2022, at 1 p.m.

A Winter Storm Warning alert means that it is time to take action and that there is a significant combination of hazardous winter weather expected within 24 hours. Now is the time to stay alert, monitor weather conditions, gather necessary emergency items, and be ready for when the storm arrives.

The National Weather Service predicts a mix of wintery precipitation including light snow and significant freezing rain. The total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of one-quarter to one-half of an inch possible. Wind gusts could also reach 35 mph.

Power outages and tree damage are likely due to ice. Travel could be difficult beginning Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. With more severe weather in Portland and along Interstate 84.

Information and other resources can be found on the City of Salem’s Website.

The City of Salem’s Public Works crews are preparing for this event by readying equipment, alerting staff, and pretreating major roadways and bridges within the City with liquid deicer. Conditions are expected to be the worst in the early morning hours of Friday, December 23, 2022.

A warming shelter will open at the Salem First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa Street NE, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Shuttle service from the Arches Day Center will be available. Cherriots will provide free transportation to and from warming shelters.

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