Very little time (that little TV thing gets in the way of a good blogging experience).
Lots of snow falling in a few places I didn’t expect so much, and it’s not falling where I did. That’s okay I haven’t freaked out…yet.
Wayne Garcia just came in to let me know something along the lines of “you know it’s okay to change course instead of going down with the ship…” Thats the quality encouragment I get from my coworkers.
Lots of snow falling and sticking in Clark County and most of the metro area north of Oregon City to Wilsonville, but not much…yet (slightly warmer) over in Washington County.
South wind is gone, but no east wind yet. That was expected.
At 1,800′ it’s 32 degrees! Folks, it doesn’t get any more more “marginal” than this! In a well-mixed atmosphere it would be about 40 or so down here in the lowlands, but the heavier precipitation rates are allowing the snowflakes to survive much lower.
I mentioned I’m not freaking out for two reasons: The WRF-GFS speeded up the timing of slightly warmer air moving in overhead, to right after 1am (but no south wind at that time at the surface). Just enough to possibly change flakes back to mainly rain or a mix. The other reason is that our RPM continues to show very gradual warming (up above, not at the surface again) through the night too. Hmmm, combine that with the surprisingly mild tower temps and we could still escape without more than just trace to a few inches.
OR, I’m going down with the ship and there will be 10 inches of snow on the ground in Portland by 4am.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen