Freezing Rain?

Looks very unlikely anywhere west of the Cascades except at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.  Temps are too warm, temp-dewpoint spreads aren’t great enough for significant evaporative cooling, and little/no radiational cooling tonight due to the cloud cover.  The only reason TV stations are talking about it tonight is because two breathless press releases came out from the City of Portland and ODOT.   Then TriMet came out with a release saying that 40 busses are getting chained up this evening!  Ugh!  Okay…that gets the news people riled up (for good reason!), but really annoys the weather people.  That’s how it works sometime though.

It’s cold enough for freezing rain anywhere east of Troutdale/Gresham and cold air is still lingering on the lower eastern slopes of Mt. Hood, so a touch of freezing rain is possible up there too.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

131 Responses to Freezing Rain?

  1. Andrew (Ellensburg, Wa) says:

    29 degrees here currently, heavy snow band just about to hit me, should drop 1-2 inches i think. Will have to see. My cam is pretty dark right now, but might be able to make it out.

  2. stevied (North Portland) says:

    KPTV 4pm tower temps. Close to a freezing layer in the middle there! temps continue to warm up higher. (Converted to F):

    T1: 32.9F
    T2: 32.2F
    T3: 38.5F

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      That’s a bit interesting…. hmmm Lower levels cooled the past few hours… strong east winds pushing a cool layer 1,500′ thick over PDX…

  3. Mark Nelsen says:

    Freezing rain down to 700′ in Corbett. Notice the wind sensor is getting iced up and slowed way down in the last hour.

  4. kcteach (Gresham 500') says:

    Tower temps:

    T1: 0.7C
    T2: 0.4C
    T3: 3.1C

    As of 3 o’clock. Pretty warm up above.

  5. 38.2F…..Td 36.6…East winds have increased somewhat…0.40″ rain

  6. Brian in Bellingham says:

    Cliff Mass has a very good story on his blog about the Columbia Gorge winds, as well as a link to the news story that some of you were in. He has some good technical details and graphs. Cliff Mass is a professor of meteorology at the UW in Seattle, and has a nice blog.

  7. k5mitch says:

    rain and wind…
    36.7 F
    DP 31.0
    NE-SE wind @ 20-30 mph

  8. Corbett Tez says:

    EA_TTD – last year we had the blizzard right at Christmas and yes, we had multiple days of severe high winds out here. Peak gust was apparently around 92 mph here in Corbett. But this year, so far we have had 3-4 multiple day wind “events” including the one we’re in right now. This one started Tuesday night and shows no signs of slowing down. Prior to that it started on Christmas eve and continued on until Saturday, January 2. I don’t know if all of these translate into high winds in Troutdale/Gresham – but once it gets into the 40 mph range steady out here, it’s shaking the house and sloshing the water around in the toilet bowls!!! After about the 4th day, I’ve had it!! Again, don’t get me wrong…we bought a place out here knowing full well that we’d have to deal with high winds on occasion. It just seems like this winter is being a bit more relentless than in recent years past. I have to give MAJOR kudos to Mark and his staff @ KPTV though…the only thing worse than the wind is NOT knowing when they are going to start/stop. I can’t tell you how many times during the spring/summer that all of the weather guys are touring what a beautiful weekend it’s going to be in the area, only to wake up Saturday morning with 45 mph winds ALL weekend long!! Marks’ website and the KPTV website are the ONLY one’s who bother to attempt to let us know when these winds are coming. At least when I know ahead of time I can plan accordingly! Thanks Mark!!! Glad you’re our neighbor out here!!! 🙂

  9. boydo3 N Albany says:

    Not sure why you guys are rooting for ZR’s. Can’t make snow balls out of it and it is the worst to drive on. Or even walk on.

    • Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

      This is true, but I could make an ‘Iceman’ George Gervin style.

    • PDX Weather Nut says:

      It’s 35 degrees here with a very cold nasty rain outside. The winds are still quite gusty. Ugh! Snow would be much more pleasant.

    • wwm says:

      to answer your question…

      1.I like any winter weather.
      2. I mentioned before I don’t want to go to my boring class tonight.

      3.I root for mother nature a lot because I love the weather and extremes (except heat).

      4.It can also be very comical to watch and listen to the city toot their own horn on how prepared they are, how “NOTHING” will shut us down and blah blah blah. In all their arrogance (sp?) an inch or two of snow or ice still does the trick.

  10. Dewpoint is 28 now and the temp is down to 35.0!

  11. Rob "Wrath" S.E. Portland says:

    35.0 now… DP 29 ….. My concern was that the dewpoints may level off due to the persistent strong gusty east winds filtering in drier air this offsetting the usual warming and sharper dewpoint rises…

    We’ll see…

    • wwm says:

      huh?! the comment box is gone…. only way to post is to reply.

      Well to echo what others are saying temp is on the way down, 34.9* at the moment.

      Pleeeeeease for the love of man get colder so I don’t have to go to school tonight.

  12. Temp is 36.1 and dropping now with moderate rainfall, down from a high of 39.5.

  13. Happy Rocker in Gladstone says:

    Mixed precip falling here in Gresham at Gresham Station Shopping Center. Ice pellets bouncing off windows occasionally.

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