Mark Nelsen’s latest forecast

Today is a sort of "calm before the storm" across the region. Except for a few scattered showers, most areas remain dry. High near 45.

A strong storm is developing offshore and should spread lots of snow & rain across the region beginning late tonight.

The big question of the day…will is snow in Portland. I don’t think it will be quite cold enough for sticking snow below 1000′ in the metro area. Snow will mix with the rain Thursday morning, but no sticking snow for most of us…Mark Nelsen

16 Responses to Mark Nelsen’s latest forecast

  1. Lana says:

    It’s about 10:15 p.m. and the approx. 1″ of snow we got in Grants Pass tonight is melting as rain is now coming down. I’m at about 1500 ft. just south of I-5.

  2. Shawn in Scappoose says:

    “If it snows it snows.”
    If we get to excited and you dont why are you here. 😛

  3. Mike says:

    Hope the snow stays above the 500′ level, I need to run down the Gorge (The Dalles to Beaverton) in the early AM. Gorge + Snow = Not a fun drive

  4. Nancy says:

    It’s 9pm and the temperature is hovering around 40 degrees here at PDX so it’s looking less likely at this point for anything major 😦 Matt Zaffino did say, however, that the Gorge should start shoving cold air our way overnight and into the early morning hours but with all this cloud cover is it still possible to get near freezing??? I doubt it.

  5. Tim Robinson says:

    I’ve lived here over ten years and it has been my experience that if the weather guys predict snow, and the city is prepared for it, then nothing happens. On the contrary, as on New Years Day 2004, we woke up to a blanket of snow in Portland that was NOT predicted. I guess we will see if my theory holds water. (or snow!)

  6. Selma says:

    It snowed last year like a foot and i hope it snows this year a foot. It is really hard to predict weather here in Portland because weather changes so quickly so we dont know if it will snow or not tomorrow but let’s hope it SNOWS.

  7. Dani says:

    Well…for this kid at heart..I sure hope it snows!! I’ve been drinking hot cocoa..which is a sure sign of SNOW!!LOL!!

  8. Jon Smith says:

    If it snows it snows. I’ve lived here two years now, you news folks need to take a break from your antics of freaking people out. Your titles for every little event crack me up! Meth watch, Storm watch, etc. oh and the props! LET IT SNOW!

  9. Marc says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see how cold the gorge will drop tonight…hopefully well below freezing, becuase it wouldn’t help much if it was blowing warmer than freezing winds into our area. The NWS doesn’t put a winter storm warning into effect very often. Why do you think they could be so wrong on this storm? And why did they upgrade it to a warning from a watch, if they were’nt sure it was going to snow on the valley floor?

  10. Christy says:

    I am being optimistic and think it will snow, all the way down here in Salem. It may not, but it’s sure weather to look forward to. The kids are keeping their fingers crossed, as am I.

  11. Nancy says:

    Seems Matt Zaffino is the only one in town predicting a significant snow event while both Rod Hill and Jeff Baskin both are leaning towards no snow at all. Hmmm…

  12. Chris says:

    Who knows what will happen? After living in the NW for much of my life, I know that this place has to be one of the toughest to predict, regarding weather- Mark, your job is tough. I mean, it seems we don’t have weather forcaster’s in Portland, but weather reporters.
    I notice snow and storms are generally downgraded, and “BAM,” we get nailed. Usually, when the weather service or the forcast shows snow, it doesn’t happen, and when it is discounted…well we wake up to three inches. There are some of us that want snow -tis the season. It’s gonna happen at some point, why not tomorrow?

  13. cecilia says:

    Hey, I realize that it has already changed from 3 to 5 inches down to 2 to 3 inches, but lets have alittle hope that we see some white ground for a least a little while tomorrow. Gotta keep the kids (even the ones at heart) happy. Look forward to seeing what the info is tonight. Thanks!

  14. Wow Mark, you really go against most in tomorrows forecast. I can see your reasons for being pessemistic, I am still a little pessemistic myself but I belive we’ll see some snow. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for us, so the NWS has went all out on that. Im curious to see why you think it wont be sticking to the floor tomorrow? Thanks!

  15. Marc says:

    Hi. I live on the northeast part of town in Vancouver, Washington. Currently, clear skies with temperatures dropping quickly. Right now, its a chilly 35 degrees at 6:15 PM.

  16. Eric says:

    are you sure….im sorry but i hope your wrong

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