Warming up nicely overhead with the top of the KPTV Tower (1,900′) above freezing, so we’ll see the areas of ice pellets start to dwindle and now it’s on to just liquid rain melting on contact in about 1/2 of the metro area where it is below freezing. What a mess on I-205 in East Portland right now…traffic at a standstill or barely moving in a couple spots. Looks messy on the eastside!
Warming is just approaching the Eugene area with a station at 1,200′ near the city suddenly jumping into the mid 40s. I still see no reason that we won’t see a surge of southerly wind working up the Valley the 2nd half of tonight as models show with such a deep area of low pressure to our northwest.
That said, there will be plenty of ice leftover east of I-205 for at least the first part of the morning commute. I’ve found in the past that unless we get a ton of thick ice, roads improve pretty quickly with temps warming into the 40s.
Time to head home soon…I’ll drive slowly. Freezing rain and 25 degrees there.
Hey, those long range maps are interesting. Wait, let’s not start that yet…
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen