Daytime high temperatures above freezing mean that in most areas, snow and ice aren't sticking around.

COURTESY PHOTO: VALYRIE INGRAM - Light snow carpets trees and landscaping in the Forest Grove area Sunday morning, Feb. 18.Northwestern Oregon was enjoying a particularly mild winter — especially given the unusual number of snow and ice storms that blanketed the region last winter — up until early Sunday morning, Feb. 18, when Jack Frost waggled a crooked finger and said, "Not so fast."

Temperatures that were comfortably above freezing, climbing into the mid-50s on Friday and Saturday, suddenly tumbled downhill like an avalanche after midnight Sunday. Residents of Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro awoke to up to an inch of snow on the ground Sunday morning. In higher-elevation areas around Banks, Gales Creek, Gaston and the West Hills, snow totals were closer to two to three inches.

Families and individuals that came out to Henry Hagg Lake west of Gaston for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's first free fishing weekend of the year on Sunday had to contend with snow and cold temperatures. But the snow didn't stick around too long in most areas on Sunday, and relatively few disruptions were reported.

A crash on Highway 26 near Northwest Scofield Road in the Buxton area caused non-life-threatening injuries midday Sunday, the Banks Fire District reported.

Temperatures dipped again overnight and the snow showers returned in places, but snow was in scarce evidence Monday in Forest Grove and Cornelius, aside from some light flurries in the afternoon.

Because of the Presidents' Day holiday, local school districts were not forced to make any snap decisions on whether to open on time Monday. Portland Community College announced a late 10 a.m. opening for the day.

Overnight low temperatures are forecast to remain in the 20s or low 30s through Thursday, although the good news for commuters, parents and others eager to avoid a late-winter deep freeze is that daytime highs should be in the high 30s or 40s, according to the National Weather Service and KOIN 6 News, the News-Times' media partner.COURTESY PHOTO: RICHELLE KENNON - The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife designated Presidents Day weekend as the first free fishing weekend of the year at Henry Hagg Lake. It ended up snowing Sunday, making for a chilly day out.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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