A brief post for now, then more detail on tomorrow night’s system later when I have more time.
As expected, arctic front has just turned into more of a "northerly drift" across the metro area. At 2pm temps range from 32 up at Kelso to 40 or so down towards Aurora/Salem. Visible satellite picture shows the edge of the northerly breezes moving down into the Willamette Valley. And it really is a "drift", very little movement out there. But mesoscale models never showed a good push from the north. What they do continue to show though is a good easterly gradient developing through the Gorge overnight. Of course as that begins we have calm winds here in the metro area for a very cold night, then the Gorge wind spreads across the city tomorrow. 35 seems like a good high since The Dalles should stay around 28. I am impressed by how cold that arctic airmass was. 12 at Bellingham with the northeast wind raging this morning, and widespread dewpoints below zero in north central Washingotn. Too bad it isn’t like previous ice storms where that cold air really gets sucked down through the Gorge. On that note…I have lots of thoughts about tomorrow night, but it’s off to a news meeting because all the newsies want to know the scoop…Mark