Snow Tonight?

Photo2 Snapshot
Feeling left out by the weekend snowfall?  They probably don’t feel the same way out in the middle of the Gorge!  Mike Engel took this picture today, showing the 27" of snowfall that pretty much buried his car…very impressive don’t you think?  You can click on the picture to see a larger version.

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I just had to say something…I seriously doubt we’ll see sticking snow in the lowlands tonight (at least in the metro area). 

I see the NWS has a snow advisory for 2-4"?  Hmm..way too much south wind, no easterly flow through the Gorge and generally just a bit too warm…just barely.  But tonight is the time to be in the Coast Range, Gorge, or above 1,000′, that’s for sure.  More details later when I have time…

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Sorry, I just had to do that…it seemed so official…I should correct that statement about the 2-4" though.  The NWS has it in their statements pretty clearly that there won’t be 2-4" at the lowest elevations tonight.

Solid rain/snow from the approaching cold front now filling in the radar screen nicely.  Based on the KPTV Tower temp (30.5 at the top), I’d estimate the sticking snow level to be around 1,000′ right now.  That’s once precipitation actually begins falling nicely.  I think it’ll briefly dip slightly lower than that, but not much.  Too much mixing with a southerly wind up the Valley.  It’s very interesting that the "warming" we get ahead of this cold front doesn’t even push the freezing level above 2,000′ or so overnight.  So those of you in the 1,000-2,000′ elevation spots (and the central Gorge), have a nice little snowstorm for tonight.

We get post-frontal showers tomorrow, our model here says a few thunderstorms possible too.  This time of year that’s most likely only at the Coast.  Then 2 more systems come through, just a bit warmer by the way, on Wednesday evening and again Saturday.  Still, no snow levels much above 2,000′ through the end of the week.  This is going to end up being a heck of a snow year for the Cascades!

By the way, for Unscripted tonight at 10:52pm, we’ll ask viewers if they have questions.  It should be entertaining don’t you think?  I don’t plan to look like an idiot, but if so, we just won’t do it again.  It never hurts to try something once.

I think we’ll leave it there.  I was surprised at the variance in snow totals this morning.  I see Council Crest had 2", Steve Pierce in Vancouver had half-dollar sized snowflakes at 2am, and inner east Portland got nothing.  Frustrating indeed…

Mark Nelsen

854 Responses to Snow Tonight?

  1. llabrulf says:

    TV keep it going. We appreciate your stuff and abillity to roll with it. You guy’s have been busy

  2. David says:

    Looks like the next band has cleared the coast range and we will get it in the valley hope it doesnt die out….I get to go to my parents tommorow and plow the driveways the have 1ft plus

  3. Down to 32.1 now in central beav. would be nice if another round could organize itself overnight!

  4. llabrulf, you are a funny man my friend !

  5. keri from beavercreek says:

    Lyn, Just in time for the forecast!!!

  6. Lyn W- Canby says:

    Keri,
    You turn right before the bridge if your going to wilsonville from Canby. Aspen court. OH and my Dish is working now….Just in time (wiping forehead)

  7. Lyn W- Canby says:

    Keri,
    You turn right before the bridge if your going to wilsonville from Canby. Aspen court. OH and my Dish is working now….Just in time (wiping forehead)

  8. Boydo3 says:

    yeah looks like a few more showers will make it tonite. Got a flurry now in Albany.
    Nitey nite…….

  9. llabrulf says:

    Fab 5…..meeting in progress…………
    http://v3.humorpix.com/images/7-Snow-outhouse.html

  10. Marc ( Orchards, WA ) says:

    I trust KGW too right now, they were right on the nose with last night and today. Let the model gazing begin!

  11. Do you guys really think we will get any more showers tonight?? Coast Range is eating up everyone of them.

  12. Joe Michaels on KGW just had a forecast of 38 degrees and possible snow for Saturday. Just never ends!

  13. John Fairplay says:

    34.2, 300 feet, East Beaverton Banana Belt.
    It was really interesting to see that Sylvan – which is 400 feet higher just up the hill from my apt – had only a trace and temperature that was only 0.8 degrees cooler.

  14. nate says:

    Biggest flakes I have ever seen with that last shower that produced 1.5″ in Molalla. I cought some on a piece of cardboard and measured 2″ across! Temp still at 32.4. Elev 250′

  15. Another pretty decent snow shower going on at 565 ft in Corvallis. Only about an inch accumulation, though, and temp’s around 33.

  16. keri from beavercreek says:

    Lyn, Is that right before Knights Bridge?

  17. J.R. (clackamas 220ft) says:

    there is something wrong with my temp thing… 31.4 and nothing is frozen

  18. mark says:

    JAcob, NVM!
    Stupid question, my bad!

  19. mark says:

    Jacob, I have a question….
    How can you say that 500 feet will get 1-2 inches and Valley Floor T-1 Inch when many places are already at freezing?

  20. Lyn W- Canby says:

    Keri,
    I live off of Knights Bridge rd. On Baker by the Molalla River.

  21. Nof near Carlton says:

    Frozen road alert! Just cae back from Mcminnville, they have alittle snow on the ground and slush on the road. Clearing was noted on my way back as well as winking roads….ie ICE. Drivers beware. Temp at my place is 32.9….

  22. Lyn W- Canby says:

    Keri,
    I live off of Knights Bridge rd. On Baker by the Molalla River.

  23. jacob BPA says:

    Fab 5 update
    Snodaze has asked us to get a new ride so we did So Bobby just pulled up in a
    http://www.rvs.com/rvsales/class-a-diesel/2007/american-coach-american-heritage/5965/
    This our new ride
    Private funding
    Forecast for tonight is as follows
    Valley floor trace to 1″
    300′ 1-2″
    500+ 1-3″
    Watch for Ice

  24. J.R. (clackamas 220ft) says:

    LOWER COLUMBIA-GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-
    CENTRAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY-SOUTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY-I-
    5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-
    INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ST. HELENS…CLATSKANIE…HILLSBORO…
    PORTLAND…OREGON CITY…GRESHAM…SALEM…MCMINNVILLE…DALLAS…
    EUGENE…CORVALLIS…ALBANY…LONGVIEW…KELSO…CASTLE ROCK…
    VANCOUVER…BATTLE GROUND…WASHOUGAL
    938 PM PST TUE JAN 29 2008
    …SNOW ADVISORY ABOVE 500 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST
    WEDNESDAY FOR THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY…CLARK COUNTY AND I-5
    CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY…
    A SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST WEDNESDAY.
    PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. THE SNOW LEVEL WILL
    BE AROUND 500 FEET WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE
    ABOVE 500 FEET TONIGHT. AT TIMES…SNOW MAY REACH THE VALLEY
    FLOOR IN HEAVIER SHOWERS.
    EARLIER TODAY…WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED 4 INCHES OF SNOW IN
    DALLAS…2.5 INCHES IN GASTON…1.5 INCHES IN FOREST GROVE AND
    1 TO 2 INCHES IN WOODLAND AND KELSO WASHINGTON. SINCE THIS
    AFTERNOON…WEATHER SPOTTERS IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH WILLAMETTE
    VALLEY REPORTED UP TO 2 INCHES SNOWFALL AT ELEVATIONS AROUND 200 TO
    300 FEET…AND LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS IN THE NORTH WILLAMETTE VALLEY.
    A SNOW ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY
    TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND
    LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

  25. keri from beavercreek says:

    Lyn, That is a winning attitude. Where are you at in Canby? I grew up on NE 16th.

  26. mark says:

    Precip aint lookin too impressive is it JAcob?
    By the way, down to 31.8 in Beaverton.

  27. jacob BPA says:

    Showers tonight of snow to the Valeey floor
    Maybe ice in the outlining areas
    Little Accum

  28. John - Aloha says:

    I just saw the temp drop to 32 with ice forming on my vehicles and part of the street – Aloha

  29. Lyn W- Canby says:

    Keri,
    Three story house and ummm guess where my dish is? YEP clear on the top of the third floor. In fact one installer refused to go up that high when we had the winds to move it for better reception. Anyway I may be SOL …
    BUT IT SNOWED IN CANBY DID YOU HEAR! LOL

  30. John - Aloha says:

    you can use the water stream from your garden hose to clear the dish

  31. keri from beavercreek says:

    Jacob BPA, What are you expecting for tonight?

  32. Brian *Wilsonville says:

    TOWER TEMPS
    10132 KPTV AIR T1 °C -0.7
    10132 KPTV AIR T2 °C -1.3
    10132 KPTV AIR T3 °C -1.2
    Compared to last night
    10132 KPTV AIR T1 °C 0.1
    10132 KPTV AIR T2 °C -0.4
    10132 KPTV AIR T3 °C -0.9

  33. John - Aloha says:

    nice!! a facility with padded walls and floors

  34. keri from beavercreek says:

    Lyn, Can you reach your dish with a broom?

  35. jacob BPA says:

    snodaze is being transfered to a different Facility this is why he wont be on anymore

  36. jacob BPA says:

    Clearing up North
    See Ice Starting to Form tonight so Be very careful out and about
    Again Looking at the Weekend With interest will tackle that later
    At work we are Becoming Concern with the Snow pack Below 3000’which may cause problems in the Future with River levels and flooding in the lowlands

  37. Jerry says:

    Where are you going snodze?

  38. snodaze says:

    Later holmes!
    Enjoyed your comments all winter long man!
    take care..

  39. Sarah (E. Gresham) says:

    Snowing in Gresham what? It’s not even raining here.

  40. jacob BPA says:

    Snodaze needs a LIFE
    LOL
    I mean Ernest

  41. snodaze says:

    What’s up with Ernest? (ummm, I mean Rob…)
    A slow death it seems… Good ridins Ernest! We’ll see you in about 9 months
    Snodaze signing off… Later all! Very VERY nice reading all your comments thru the winter months..!!
    Stay safe, hope to see you all back here next year!
    (*** when in doubt, remember to GOLU this week ***)
    fab5 needs a new ride
    Jacob needs a new job
    Rob needs a girlfriend (any takers out there in blogville?)
    Camas Mom needs to live a little lower
    Mark Nelsen needs NOT change his ways with forecasting, but rather his thoughts on global warming
    Clinton needs to post more
    Sean needs to understand we like him posting but we don’t care what it’s like in indiana.
    Josh knows we don’t live in Montana & that he likes to rub it in…
    ???
    What else?… I don’t know..
    See ya all next year!
    (b.t.w… Snowing in Gresham)

  42. Marc ( Orchards, WA ) says:

    Sucks to be up north tonight! Everett is currently 36 with rain showers tonight.

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