Whew! I’m real happy with the forecast I put in the previous post this morning. Models absolutely nailed the sudden drop in the snow level to very close to the surface, just as a heavy line of snow gave just about all of us in the metro area a (brief) dusting of snow that has since melted with the south wind that kicked in. You can see below that I gave a 50/50 chance of 1/2" in the lowest part of the metro area. Looks like some of you on the hills got that?
At my parents home in west Gresham there was a dusting on the ground 1-2pm but it was pretty much gone when we left at 3:30pm. Up at 1,000′ here at home I had maybe an inch or so…but it’s melting with a breezy south wind.
So what about the weather service office? Was any snow officially recorded? I see the PDX and TTD obs. never went to solid snowfall, but of course those are automated observations too. Hopefully the NWS will put out a statement soon.
At 5:30pm I’d estimate the snow level to be around 1,500′ or so, it’s pretty obvious we are getting a milder onshore flow. Of course with clearing inbetween showers temps at the surface can quickly drop to freezing, so watch out for spots of ice on roadways, mainly on the west side of town overnight.
The rest of my thoughts haven’t changed…see the previous post…Mark Nelsen