A nice picture from Multnomah Falls today; but that’s the end of the ice as the east wind is gone and temps are rising in the Gorge. The lowest areas are around 40 right now. But check out Middle Mountain at 2500′ (in the MIDDLE of the Hood River Valley); 27 at 10pm last night but 48 at the same time this evening! Expect gusty westerly wind to surface all the way to The Dalles and beyond tomorrow, so lots of 50s out there…enjoy the springlike temps.
Back here west of the Cascades, real quiet the next few days as we get a series of weak disturbances over the region. Lots of clouds, but not much rain. Basically some gloomy weather with some light rain at times through Sunday-Monday with that onshore flow. The bad news for the mountains? Looks like snow levels will remain well above the passes…once again not a very good ski weekend with no new snow still!
There still appears to be some sort of change towards the end of next week (after next Thursday). It still remains to be seen whether we get a rainy pattern, some sort of slightly wetter setup, or much cooler weather with snow down in the foothills (ECMWF). I do know that I need to lower those 7 Day forecast temps a bit beyond Monday.
I’ll take almost anything other than another 14 days of upper-level ridging. Actually once we get to February 20th or so, upper level ridging can push us up around 60 degrees, so maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen