- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The snow has switched to sleet in Portland, and the National Weather Service warns that a half-inch of ice could accumulate by Sunday.

The National Weather Service says the city got 2 inches of snow on the third and final day of powerful storms - well short of the predicted 4 to 8 inches.

Meteorologist Andy Bryant says the higher totals were based on the expectation that snow would keep falling until late Saturday. Instead, it stopped in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the freezing rain that hit much of the central and southern Willamette Valley on Saturday has been winding down, but ice storm warnings remain in effect for cities such as McMinnville, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene and Cottage Grove.

Forecasters warn that snow-covered roads have become coated with ice and downed tree limbs will cause power outages.

Elsewhere, a winter weather advisory remains in effect for the north coast and heavy snow blanketed Central Oregon, making some roads impassable and causing Redmond Airport’s airfield to close.

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