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Story by Kimberly West - The Oregon Herald
Published on Sunday December 19, 2010 - 8:57 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon – The snow fell in and around Portland today, lightly, but it stuck in some areas. It was the first December 2010 snow fall for the area.

By this afternoon light snow fell briefly on Troutdale. This comes as cold air moves down the Gorge and moist air moves up from the coast. Right around 4 p.m. it began snowing "big white flakes" in Southwest Portland, says KATU Reporter Valerie Hurst.

It was snowing today in at West Burnside Road in inner Southwest Portland and at Barnes Road in the Sunset area. And there was even a brief spot of slush-like snow in Northeast Portland near Sandy Boulevard just before 4:30 p.m., before turning into a blanket of snow that covered most of the metro area.

Steve Pierce with the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society tells says the snow should stop by 9 p.m., "with either a change over to rain at the lowest elevations or by abating entirely."

"Higher elevations around Portland can expect a little more in the way of accumulations, but should remain below 1 inch," he said.