Flurries Tonight

Today we tied the coldest temp of the winter in Portland…18 this morning, and only have seen a high (so far) of 33 degrees.  That was also a record low MAXIMUM temperature for the date.  I also believe (but don’t have the numbers), that was the first time we’ve seen lows in the teens beyond Valentines Day since 1989…extremely rare.   That first March day in the 60s is going to feel REAL GOOD this year isn’t it?

A quick post because I’m actually taking a day off.  Some “snizzle” out there this afternoon and evening, mainly east Metro areas.  Sounds like light sleet (clinky), but also light snow too.

Models are doing real well as of 10pm.  Extremely limited moisture, and temps holding steady (or even rising in a few spots).  Dewpoints in some spots are gradually rising as well.  That should be the trend the rest of the night.  Temps hold between 32-35 in the lowest elevations, with an increasing chance for flurries towards the morning.  We’ll probably wake up with a dusting on the ground, but roads should only have a dusting too, or be just wet.  Soon after sunrise the increasing southwest wind will warm all areas below 1,500′ above freezing.  So still not a big snow event; I think the NWS is probably playing it safe with the Winter Weather Advisory…which is fine of course.  But it may be hard to get that 1″ due to the lack of moisture.  Our RPM has no signficant moisture (more than a few hundreths) until midday. 

Of course one thing models did terrible on was the cloud cover today…almost totally cloudy after 10am.  That kept high temps right around freezing.   In fact it’s kind of cool (meteorologically) that Hood River and The Dalles have had a gusty WEST wind, but temps still below freezing!  That’s because the usual warmer air source (west of the Cascades) is still real chilly.   Basically we’ve got a lot of cold/dry arctic air to moisten up the next 12 hours…but it’ll gradually occur.

A note to the “commenters”.  I’ve had several emails the last 24 hours about some “bullying” in the comments.  I don’t want to see that on here.  Whether it’s on video or text…don’t be harassing other weather geeks.  Each person has something to contribute (even Brian and his cold GFS numbers!), so I won’t tolerate one group picking on a single person.  And, unrelated, but apparently it needs to be repeated…don’t Drink and Blog!  Especially cross-continent.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

440 Responses to Flurries Tonight

  1. pappoose in scappoose says:

    New post

  2. cap - Hood River says:

    Snowing hard in Hood River.

  3. CoastRange says:

    Still holding steady for several hours no at 32F and continuing snowfall. Surprisingly the accumulation is only an inch and I’m stretching it a little there.

  4. Andrew Johnson says:

    Nice video Brian. The radar is starting to really fill in all the way down the valley. I’m up to 1″ of rain now with the heaviest precip still to my north.

  5. bgb41 says:

    Here is a video of some heavy wet snow falling at 500ft here at 9:40am this morning. BG Lake area.

  6. camas mom says:

    Houston we have a problem. Oh well, looks like I’m on to baking bread! Cookies, something!

    Will it warm up later this afternoon, or will this stick around all night?

    • Andrew Johnson says:

      I don’t think we’re looking at a warm up in the next 12-18 hours at least for places above 1000′

  7. Pam says:

    It’s white out conditions in Brightwood area, also. It would be nice if you would mention it in your weather. Please give forecast for our area. Sometimes feels like we don’t exist up here.

  8. umpire says:

    Mark, I think those RPM models ought to be looking over their shoulders – the rain/rain-snow mix has been hammering down since early this morning. We may make up the 1.5 inch or so deficit in rainfall today.

  9. Cgavic sandy Oregon 1,100 ft says:

    White out conditions in sandy. Snow heavy and accumulating!

  10. MNJ says:

    1050ft in the hills E of BG. Got the kids off to school @7:00 and it was rain and 35.6. Had a short nap and woke to 2″ of snow with the temp @ 31.6 & DP 29.6 the temp has gone down .4 in the last 20 min. OOOO baby let it snow!!

  11. camas mom says:

    Seriously dumping on us…and I know I’ll sound like a whiner, but enough of this! Hubby totalled his car 2 months ago and still bickering with insurance so we can’t get out.

    Made an attempt and got stuck, had to hike back home about 1/3 of a mile. 9 year old in tow.

    What’s supposed to happen for us Highlanders?

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Snow at times with periods of high winds and a chance of Stray Albino Donkeys. Hahaah!

  12. Mback says:

    I’ve had heavy, wet snow off and on since about 8:30 this morning. Keeps changing from rain to snow back to rain. Another few degrees and it could be a winter wonderland out here….

  13. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Look at the clouds boiling up with the wind coming off B.C.


  14. Andrew Johnson says:

    Temp dropping now into the upper 30s at Mt. Angel. Still 41 here in Silverton, wind starting to calm down though now. Pouring rain, up to 0.90″ since midnight now.

  15. Steve in Beavercreek 1,100' says:

    Rain and 37° 40 minutes ago and changed to heavy snow and dropped to 32°. Radar says we probably get 12″ up here today.

  16. Longview - 400 ft says:

    Snow stopped. Raining.
    Currently 34.1

  17. Jethro (Canby ~187') says:

    Wow… 1.02″ of rain since midnight according to the closest WeatherBug station to me (91 School). Sitting at 37.5 with occasional chunky rain, but mostly just a regular old downpour.

  18. william johnson says:

    at about 7:50 am here in Astoria going across the new youngs bay bridge going towards warrenton had a snow rain mix hitting my windshield. was quite suprized with it being 40 degrees and all.

  19. Blizzario says:

    Snowing hard @ 750ft in Woodland

  20. bgb41 says:

    Rain Snow mix has turned over to all snow and 33 here.
    Snow is starting to stick now in heavy precip.

  21. Runrain says:

    Wet snow at 500 ft in Happy Valley and BARELY sticking in the grass and on the barkdust. Drove over the hills to the south (about 700 feet) and all is white except the roads which are slushy. Serious sticking seems to be at around the 600-650 elevation right now, changing every minute!

  22. laurie(sylvan) says:

    It’s snowing up here.

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  24. R.G. - Oregon City 395' says:

    Snow just started to mix with the rain in Oregon City.

  25. O.C.Paul says:

    Tower temps diving. Middle sensor is 31.6
    My temp at 300′ in Oregon City has dropped 1.5 in the last hour to 37.8 (no wait, 37.4)
    Radar is lit up.

  26. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Can you say visibility zero and I can’t see anything either.


    • Roman~Snow-Zone says:

      I see a couple of boulders.. Oh wait, I think those are vehicles lol. Yeah visibility is bad.

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