It’s Snowing! Storm Stories

Tunnels_Beach_3 I've got a mixture of snow/sleet falling (lightly) at my home this morning and the ground is white.  I won't put in a snow picture because we all know what it looks like.  Plus, I like this one better from a beach on Kauai…it makes me feel warmer.  You old timers may remember the view from the movie South Pacific. 

The snow was quite a surprise since this is one of those times that I haven't been paying close attention.  I had a close eye on Sunday (non-event), and told several people last night that today should just be partly cloudy as I verbally shot from the hip…oops.  There isn't much falling, but there are definitely fluffy snowflakes floating down nicely.  Must be the westerly flow developing up above the weakening offshore-flowing low level cold airmass still flowing through the Gorge.  Speaking of that…after 9 days of wind gusts over 50mph, TODAY should be the day with gusts less than 40 mph (or maybe less than 30 later???) through the west end of the Gorge. 

Now, for the storm stories.  I heard two good (or bad) ones last night.  One is from an unnamed person building a house near Women's Forum Viewpoint near Corbett.  The house was almost finished, including the beautiful new hardwood floors.  Apparently a door wasn't set right or something, and the east wind gusts 70-80 mph blew it open during the snowstorm in December.  That allowed the air pressure to blow out other doors and maybe a window, filling the house with snow.  Then pipes burst as the interior dropped into the 20s.  So there were 4 ft. drifts INSIDE the house, the garage door was bent out from the air pressure, and a beautiful frozen waterfall down the main stairs (the new wood stairs). And dozens of gallons of water in the duct system once it melted. That wouldn't be fun.  All this on a house that had almost been finished.  The other story was a renter who had lots of leaking and mold coming out of the ceiling after the melt had begun…turns out there was several feet of snow that had drifted in through the roof vents in the attic!  Then it melted.  So remember to check your attics if you live in an east wind spot and we have that 15-20 degree snowfall that can make it through vents and gaps…Mark Nelsen

653 Responses to It’s Snowing! Storm Stories

  1. Annie in Vancouver says:

    New post from Mark!

  2. Annie in Vancouver says:

    New post from Mark!

  3. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    Can someone post what Mark has to say. I’m watching Man Vs. Wild in Hell’s Canyon Oregon.

  4. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    Can someone post what Mark has to say. I’m watching Man Vs. Wild in Hell’s Canyon Oregon.

  5. Diana - Mt Scott above 1000' says:

    Temp here also rising, was at 24.3 an hour ago, now up to 25.5

  6. IceKeeg - Beaverton says:

    Same here Jackfrost, though I’m a bit chillier. I was down to 28.9 and am now at 29.4.

  7. IceKeeg - Beaverton says:

    Same here Jackfrost, though I’m a bit chillier. I was down to 28.9 and am now at 29.4.

  8. jacob BPA says:

    Hang on Round 3
    Imfo is Pouring in as Dave looks to be Right on things Look they could be messy Tomorrow
    1-3″ PDX
    2-4″ Clark

  9. Jackfrost (Beaverton) says:

    I guess there must be clouds out because my temp has been slowly rising over the last half hour. up to 31.8 from 30.3

  10. stevied (North Portland) says:

    Man, NWS discussion is funny. Talk about hedging your forecast. They say it will start as snow probably, then transition… BUT… if it stays cold longer, it will stay snow longer (uh…. yeah). Granted, it’s a tough forecast.
    FOR THE PORTLAND METRO AREA AND LOWER COLUMBIA… APPEARS PRECIPITATION WILL INITIALLY START OUT AS SNOW WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS THEN TRANSITION TO RAIN BY LATE MORNING WITH A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN THROWN IN. MODEL SOUNDINGS SUGGEST TRANSITION WILL BE SHORT LIVED…THOUGH IF THE COOL DRY AIR MASS LINGERS LONGER MAY HAVE A MORE SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD OF ACCUMULATION.
    FOR THE GORGE…EXPECT ALL SNOW WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES ACCUMULATION FOR THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON… THEN A TRANSITION PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET.

  11. stevied (North Portland) says:

    Man, NWS discussion is funny. Talk about hedging your forecast. They say it will start as snow probably, then transition… BUT… if it stays cold longer, it will stay snow longer (uh…. yeah). Granted, it’s a tough forecast.
    FOR THE PORTLAND METRO AREA AND LOWER COLUMBIA… APPEARS PRECIPITATION WILL INITIALLY START OUT AS SNOW WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS THEN TRANSITION TO RAIN BY LATE MORNING WITH A PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN THROWN IN. MODEL SOUNDINGS SUGGEST TRANSITION WILL BE SHORT LIVED…THOUGH IF THE COOL DRY AIR MASS LINGERS LONGER MAY HAVE A MORE SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD OF ACCUMULATION.
    FOR THE GORGE…EXPECT ALL SNOW WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES ACCUMULATION FOR THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON… THEN A TRANSITION PERIOD OF FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET.

  12. Dave in Prescott says:

    Temp has gone up a couple of degrees here in the last hour. I also noticed it went up a couple of degress in Longview which is only about 10 miles away.
    Current temp 31.2 and high clouds? (stars are gone)

  13. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Dave, very bold and I like your predictions there. It would be a bonus if we can keep the offshore flow at 2-3mb overnight just enough to keep some light easterly wind pulling in even colder/drier air overnight.

  14. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Dave, very bold and I like your predictions there. It would be a bonus if we can keep the offshore flow at 2-3mb overnight just enough to keep some light easterly wind pulling in even colder/drier air overnight.

  15. stevied (North Portland) says:

    WRF-GFS 00z shows maybe a couple inches of snow around 9-10am tomorrow morning before a transition. Looks like east of I-5 gets it the “worst.”
    Things are looking a bit better for this possible short event. 24 hours ago models showed moisture coming in around 11am-1pm. If it comes in around 9am or so, that would really increase chances.
    http://www.atmos.washington.edu/mm5rt/data/2009012700/images_d2/or_snow1.18.0000.gif

  16. Scott In S. Corvallis says:

    AFD’s from Portland & Seattle seem to be hedging towards the colder air hanging on longer, looks like everyone up in the PDX area may see a little event tommorow as Doppler D has indicated in his post. Wish we would partake in the fun but probably just some chunky rain untill noon. Temp 28 DP 21. Good game on.

  17. Silverton500 says:

    Wow! GO DOPPLER! Way to call it!!

  18. Doppler Dave (NE Portland) says:

    Okay, here is my prediction…
    For areas from the West Hills east through Portland and up through Clark County, up to 3 inches of snow tomorrow morning with possible transition to sleet or freezing rain, then to rain by mid-afternoon. Could be messy for a several hour period. Greatest snow accumulation will be Clark County.
    For Beaverton/Hillsboro, up to 2 inches snow before transition to rain.
    For the southern fringe of the metro area, 1 inch of snow before transition to rain. Main reason for lesser amount is precip will likely start later the further south you go.
    It will be tough to get above the upper 30s for a high tomorrow anywhere east of the West Hills and north of Mt. Scott.
    Be prepared!

  19. Snow-Zone/Monmouth-Elv200' says:

    Current temp 24.3
    I really like how the temperature is falling fast hopefully it will fall a few more degrees and then get some solid cloud cover later tonight to help with keeping the high temp down tomorrow. Anyone know when the heaviest precip will arrive tomorrow the air is quite dry I think it will take a couple of hours for the atmosphere to moisten up once precip starts falling?

  20. snoguy/ vancouver says:

    wow,, what a dunk,,, that’ll spark the team,, im liking Oden’s game too… looks a lot more comfortable lately!! go blazers… and go SNOW!!!

  21. Rob "Wrath" - Elevation 300' -Far S.E. Portland- says:

    Oooooo ROY with the poster!
    What a dunK! WOW
    Back to weather.
    27.5
    DP 9

  22. Tetraforce (The hidden fourth piece of The Triforce says:

    Thanks tetra! Anyhow, let’s see what happens…could be interesting or just a flop, only time will tell. Night all!
    Posted by: gloriousnumber1 | Monday, January 26, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Your welcome gloriousnumber and here is my current conditions for now in case your curious.
    28.0F here on the dot and clear skies.

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