October 9, 2008

Snapshot An exciting weather night, at least for October 9th in the Pacific Northwest.  Snow has briefly closed Hwy. 20 at Santiam Pass this evening (a collision), and snow has fallen all the way down to Prineville, Redmond, and Bend.  Then we just got an email from Sandy in Rockaway saying she just observed marble-size hail in Rockaway! 

Looks like another batch of showers moving south through Western Washington right now, but the trend is towards dry as we head to sunrise.  I'm going to raise my low temp forecasts based on a bit more cloud cover and dewpoints remaining relatively high.  So now I think tomorrow night WILL be the coldest night of our early October "cold snap".

No changes to the extended forecast thinking…next week looks either dry or almost dry with longwave ridging and high 500mb heights over the region…Mark Nelsen