9:30pm Update: Snow Showers Continue

Some real nice bursts of snow showers this evening as the colder air has moved in.  Speaking of cold air moving in…models just nailed it.  I would have never thought I would see a gusty west to northwest wind and a temperature of 31 here at our station in Beaverton.  Arctic air always comes in from the east (through the Gorge) here in Portland…well, apparently not always.

No change in thoughts about a Trace to 1″ for most areas.  Of course more up in Kelso/Longview since you folks already had snow coming down all day long.  Some snow now also in the Valley with a dusting in Keizer, Salem, Dallas, Monmouth etc…  Once again, anyone can get some light accumulation.  Even the north Coast is getting in on the snow action. 

Edge of the dry arctic air (the arctic front) passed reaching Longview/Kelso about 1/2 hour ago.  Dewpoint dropped from 27 to 21 in ten minutes as the wind went from gusty west to gusty north.  That should reach a good chunk of the Metro area by 11pm to midnight.  That’s when everything freezes solid.  Watch out if you’re driving around after 11pm!

I know there are a lot of new people reading the blog tonight…since we’ve had 70,000 visits today.  That’s far more than any other day in the 5 year history of the blog.  Welcome to you folks!  This is a place to discuss weather (really the only one in Portland), and notice the archives go all the way back to 2005.  Feel free to check it out the “past issues” if you get snowbound by our mega 1″ snowstorm…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

254 Responses to 9:30pm Update: Snow Showers Continue

  1. stilllearning says:

    I know that all the exciting weather is happening now – and I am bummed because I am not there to see it. Fortunately, it is only November, so I am excited about what winter has in store for us.
    I am such a novice when it comes to forecasting weather, so I was hoping someone out there might be able to help me out. We are driving back from the Bay Area next Saturday and I am curious what the weather patterns are showing for the Southern Oregon/Northern Cal mountains? We were stuck on I-5 for quite some time on the way down and would really like to avoid that on the trip home. Thanks!

    • W7ENK says:

      There is a new post, but I’ll answer this here…

      I don’t know what the conditions will look like over Siskyou Pass, but I’d suggest looking before you leave on Saturday. If it looks bad, or may get bad, take the 101 up. It will be a nicer drive anyway, and if it IS bad at Siskyou Pass, it will be much shorter.

      Good luck! 🙂

  2. Chad says:

    Well most of the crashes are from most likly cars with two wheel drive.. if we all had 4×4 we would be fine but then we also need experienced drivers who know how drive in the snow.

  3. cap - Hood River says:

    We’ve got about six inches on the ground. Located about 10 miles south of HR.

  4. ChiefWright says:

    Welcome to Marquam, Oregon, and even rinkier dink than Silverton where we got barely a dusting overnight and it’s sublimating off rapidly in that dry 26 degF wind!

  5. k5mitch says:

    24.2 burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  6. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    I have to be in downtown at 1pm for a class at PSU. My car is front wheel drive but I have no chains.

    I hope they cancel classes because I’m probably not going to make past my driveway….

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