Snowflakes are falling and wind gusts are whipping through Camas-Washougal as nightfall brought another intense winter storm to the area on Tuesday.
According to meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Portland, a “complex low pressure system” brought the snow into the Portland and Greater Vancouver area this evening.
Snow levels are reaching down to the valley floor, and periods of snow will continue through 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a winter weather advisory. Precipitation is expected to turn to rain showers later on Wednesday afternoon.
Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected, with most of it hitting the west side of Clark County.
Wind gusts will reach up to 40 mph near the Columbia River Gorge.
National Weather Service officials warn that roads will be covered in snow with limited visibility on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
“Snow and possible blowing snow may result in extra challenging driving conditions during the Wednesday morning commute,” the advisory stated. “This will affect interstates 5 and 205. Please allow extra time to travel, drive slowly and leave plenty of room between vehicles.”
Officials with the Camas and Washougal school districts announced Tuesday night that classes would be canceled for all students on Wednesday. It will be the sixth snow day for local students since the beginning of December.