UPDATE/10:50 a.m. Thursday
The National Weather Service says rain will return this afternoon. Some areas may experience freezing rain at first, although NWS has lowered the possibility of that occuring on a widespread basis or at length.
However, NWS warned, if freezing rain happens, it could mean dangerous road conditions.
"Please be prepared to postpone your travel plans if freezing rain develops this afternoon," NWS warned. 'A couple hour delay is likely all you will need before conditions improve."
UPDATE/8:56 a.m. Thursday
A dense fog advisory by the National Weather Service has been extended until 10 this morning. The weather service warns that visibility may be at or below a quarter of a mile in places, and that freezing fog may cause icy patches on roadways and sidewalks.
Freezing rain remains a possibility for the afternoon, but by evening, temperatures should rise above freezing.
UPDATE/10:30 p.m. Wednesday
A dense fog advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the central and south Willamette Valley, including McMinnville; it is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. The weather service warns that visibility may be at or below a quarter of a mile in places, and that freezing fog may cause icy patches on roadways and sidewalks.
In addition, freezing rain is possible from mid-morning to early afternoon on Thursday. By late afternoon, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing, and to remain above freezing overnight.
UPDATE/4:30 p.m. Tuesday:
The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement stating there is a “growing possibility” for freezing rain late Wednesday night through Thursday evening.
However, forecasters remain uncertain about details.
“The most likely scenario brings a rather short-lived event with the primary focus across an area mainly north of Wilsonville,” the statement notes. “However there is a fair amount of uncertainty with this system in both timing and whether the bulk of the Willamette Valley receives the freezing rain,” and if so, for how long.
“This is a difficult forecast, as weather models rarely handle the vertical temperature erosion accurately,” the statement notes. “please continue to follow the latest forecasts as this situation evolves.
Forecasters said that “even under the worst case scenario” temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by later Thursday evening.
Wednesday's weather-related school announcements:
Sheridan: No. 3 Cherry Hill on snow route.
Willamina: Buses on snow routes.
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UPDATE / 1:20 p.m., Tuesday:
The on-again / off-again Wheatland Ferry operation continued Tuesday afternoon with news of another period of closure due to weather conditions, according to the Marion County Public Works Department. The ferry resumed operations briefly on Tuesday before the latest closure.
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UPDATE / 7 p.m., Monday:
YAMHILL — A fire supression system pipe froze and burst about 3:45 p.m. Monday, flooding a computer lab, and forcing closure of Yamhill-Carlton High School Tuesday.
The room and its contents sustained considerable damage, according to Principal Jim Orth. Carpeting in an adjoining hallway was also damaged.
A video shot by Orth with his iPhone shows water raining from the ceiling onto computers and other contents in the room.
Power was shut off to the entire school as a result of the incident.
A district maintenance crew was at the school until about 10 p.m. Monday cleaning up. The district also contracted with SERVPRO, a professional cleaning company, to assist with the clean-up process.
"They're helping us try to salvage some computers," Orth said.
It may take a few days before the district can determine the extent of the damage to the room and contents.
Students will have access to computers when classes resume Wednesday as there are two other computer labs, according to Orth.
A pipe also burst in the cafeteria which is shared by high school and intermediate school students. Damage was minimal, Orth said. He anticipated intermediate school students being able to each lunch at school Tuesday.
Due to extremely cold weather and snowy road conditions, McMinnville schools have cancelled afternoon and evening activities previously scheduled today.
McMinnville schools opened late today. Newberg and Dayton also were open, but Yamhill-Carlton, Sheridan, Willamina and Gaston all remained closed because of snow and ice. Amity does not have school on Fridays.
In the districts that held classes today, afternoon buses will be on snow routes.
The arctic weather is expected to continue tonight, with possible record low temperatures, and through the weekend. Lows could hit 15 degrees tonight and 11 Saturday night, with the wind chill making it feel like temperatures in the negative numbers.
Freezing fog also is in the forecast tonight and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow could return Monday and Tuesday, giving way to rain as daytime temperatures finally rise above freezing on Tuesday. Rain and highs in the upper 30s and 40s are predicted Wednesaday and Thursday.
Linfield faces Wisconsin-Whitewater at 10 a.m. PST on Saturday
(News-Register Sports Dept.) Linfield fans and alumni, despair not if you cannot follow your Wildcats to Whitewater, Wisc. for Saturday's NCAA Division III quarterfinal game.
Linfield College is hosting watch parties in Portland and McMinnville, and fans can enjoy a video stream from the comfort of their own home courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Brother and sister reunited for first time since being sent to jail
(News-Register staff) ABC News program 20/20's lead story tonight will feature the former McMinnville family who robbed multiple banks together. The show will air at 10 p.m. ABC released the following:
""It was a story that made national headlines – dad Scott Catt, his 20-year-old son Hayden, and his 18-year-old daughter Abby accused of working together to rob a bank in Texas.
McMinnville starting two hours late, others out for the day
Update / 11:30 a.m.:
A multiple vehicle crash has closed Highway 22 in both directions near Buell, about five miles east of the Highway 18 junction in Polk County, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Motorists should avoid the area, find an alternative route or expect long delays.
Snow possible during early morning hours
(News-Register staff) A winter weather advisory has been issued for the central Willamette Valley, including McMinnville, for Friday from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although most snowfall is expected further south, there is a 60 percent chance of snow locally, according to the National Weather Service, with accumulation of less than half an inch possible overnight. Temperature tonight is predicted to be in the low 20s, with Friday predicted to reach a high of 31. Cold temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend, with a prediction for a frigid 10 degree low Saturday night.
'Stopping By' to hear about sights, sounds and tastes of various Christmas celebrations
Not everyone says “Merry Christmas.” Not everyone decorates an evergreen tree, whispers their wishes to a Santa in red fur, or shops for piles of presents in December.
I find that fascinating.
Each year, I seek out people who came to Yamhill County from another country or culture and ask them about their holiday traditions. What did they look forward to as children? Which traditions do they continue today?
Video of Linfield punt return goes viral
(News-Register Sports Dept.) Linfield erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Maxwell Field Saturday to defeat second round opponent Hampden-Sydney College, 31-21.
The momentum swung in the Wildcat's favor following a punt return by Mac High graduate Spencer Payne that featured three decleating blocks. The video of the play posted to YouTube has gone viral, with the Seattle sports radio station KJR and the national sports website Deadspin first linking to it, followed by ESPN's The Dan Patrick Show and myriad other sports media outlets.
Multiple gunshots ring out
(News-Register staff) Multiple gunshots were fired at a McMinnville duplex early this morning, according to McMinnville police. No one was struck by any of the rounds.
Capt. Dennis Marks identified the primary target as 1612 S.W. Shirley Ann Drive. It was occupied when the incident was reported shortly after midnight.
Marks said more than 10 rounds were fired from a small caliber weapon. There were bullet entries into the west side of the residence and in the front door.
'Hard News' highlights from the last week of November
(News-Register Staff) A few of last week's news stories from the pages of the News-Register are digested here. Newspaper subscribers can comment on the website. Non- subscribers, if logged onto Facebook, can post Facebook comments that will appear on this article.