Three cheers for the weekend, but don't expect a major thaw just yet.
Weekend melting will be minor, a forecaster said, and the National Weather Service is calling for increased flood potential Tuesday and Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has also issued a wind advisory for the eastern parts of the Portland metro and Vancouver areas through 10 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters expect east winds of 20 to 30 mph with stronger gusts.
Here are five things you need to know for the weekend after Portland's historic snowstorm.
Matthew Cullen, a weather service meteorologist, expects the metro area to see minor melting over the weekend before more notable melting begins Monday. Forecasters predict rain will likely start falling Monday night and that temperatures will stay above freezing through Friday.
Andrew Phelps, director of the state Office of Emergency Management, said flooding is expected throughout the state -- particularly along the coast and Willamette Valley.
After this week's historic snowfall, a weather service meteorologist said a jet stream will pull moisture from warmer areas of the Pacific Ocean and bring a series of storms, including heavy rain next Tuesday and Wednesday.
"Since the arrival of the first storm is still 4 days away, the exact track of these storms, and the heaviest rain, is still uncertain," the weather service said Friday.
Gov. Kate Brown, who prevoiusly declared a state of emergency because of dangerous winter conditions, said she has "grave concerns" about the weather, particularly in eastern Oregon.
Brown said "early preparatory efforts" are underway to preempt flood and landslide conditions. State agencies have been working with local authorities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the situation, she said.
Portland Public Schools is among the districts that have canceled weekend activities. Check The Oregonian/OregonLive's school closures page for up-to-date information about weekend activity cancellations.
Other closures are listed here.
Drivers should expect slick spots on metro area roads Saturday morning, Cullen said.
Forecasts call for dry skies across the state -- from Portland to Bend, Pendleton, Ashland and even the coast -- through Sunday, with the possibility of rain looming Monday. But it'll still be very cold, especially in central and eastern Oregon, where highs will be below freezing and lows will hit single digits.
Highway conditions are generally passable, although packed snow or ice remain a problem for those heading toward Bend or Pendleton, or those traveling through Oregon's central and eastern regions. Travel-related weather warnings abound east of the cascades, and motorists traveling east are advised to have traction tires or carry chains.
TripCheck offers alerts, traffic cameras and information about weather hazards, among other resources.
A Portland International Airport spokeswoman said the airport is "back to normal operations." Travelers can check the status of their flights online.
TriMet continues to urge riders to check the agency's website for service updates and give themselves extra time to travel.
A few MAX trains will continue running overnight to help keep overhead wires ice-free, TriMet said in a news release.
Some bus lines will stay canceled, detoured or on snow routes, TriMet said. The agency is planning to have all buses run with chains Saturday morning, meaning they won't be able to go faster than 25 mph and will be off schedule.
Mount Hood skiing:
Skiers and snowboarders amped about recent snowfall are in for outstanding conditions this weekend on Mount Hood.
"I think this will be one of the most awesome weekends that we have ever had in our 49-year history," said Mt. Hood Meadows spokesman Dave Tragethon.
The weekend forecast at Timberline Lodge calls for sun and daytime highs in the upper 20s. Forecasters expect Monday to be mostly cloudy with a high near 35.
Check out The Oregonian/OregonLive's Mount Hood Guide and read a story about sno-parks on the mountain for more winter activity ideas.
Lizzy Acker, Gordon Friedman, Tony Hernandez, Jim Ryan and Brad Schmidt of The Oregonian/OregonLive staff contributed to this report
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