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National Guard unwittingly prepares for weekend weather

The Oregon National Guard participated in arctic warfare training in British Columbia late last month. They may be able to practice their new skills in the winter weather forecast to hit Oregon this weekend.

COURTESY OF THE OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT - Canadian Army Reserve Soldiers with the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group, march with snowshoes alongside Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, during the Westie Avalanche Exercise, January 27, 2019, at E.C. Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada. Nearly 40 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to British Columbia to participate in basic winter survival skills training and work shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian Army Reserve allies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)Members of the Oregon National Guard coincidentally received training in arctic warfare in Canada during the record-breaking lows that hit a large swath of the nation the last week of January.

Ironically, a National Guard sergeant, April Davis, who wrote about the training, noted that Oregon soldiers "don't often get a chance to train in adverse winter conditions."

But Oregon soldiers may soon have plenty of winter weather in which to practice their new skills.

Snow is forecast to blanket the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Portland could receive four to 14 inches of snow between Saturday and Tuesday, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.

Nearly 40 soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat team, traveled to Manning Park, British Columbia, Jan. 24-28 to participate in the training alongside the Royal Westminster Regiment, 39th Canadian Brigade Group.

The training focused on winter survival, cold weather tent living and transporting light infantry in wintery weather.

The unit is headquartered in Springfield and has companies based in Corvallis, Hillsboro and Gresham.

To see a photo gallery of their training, visit the Oregon National Guard's Flickr page.