It’s the day after the storm, or for some of you the storm is still ongoing…
If you’re just checking in for a forecast, it’s straightforward for the metro area: Showers and windy the rest of today, south wind gusts should stay below 40 mph. A balmy high between 45 and 50 degrees.
Here are some highlights of the storm so far:
– Heavier snowfall than expected of course here in the metro area. Looks like widespread 1-5″ totals.
– It DID change to rain around 1-3 am, so at least that part of the forecast turned out okay.
-It DID snow heaviest out against the Coast Range…I just got one report of 11″ on the west side of Forest Grove.
-The low pressure center is just north of Astoria right now, moving onshore. Models did really well with that, especially the WRF-GFS. NAM was slightly too far south in the end.
-South wind is picking up across the metro area right now and it’ll be quite windy through the afternoon, pushing temps up around 50 degrees.
– Check out those coastal gusts! 109-110 mph at spots on the central coast, lots of 80+ reports.
– Mountain snow: Mt. Hood Meadows has received 37″ since 5am yesterday…must be close to it’s all time record. I think that’s somewhere in the 30s for a 24 hour total.
Another surface low moves in to our south tomorrow morning. This pulls fresh cold air into the eastern Gorge. If so, you folks in the central/eastern Gorge could have another foot on the way. It might be a significant ice storm at the western end towards tomorrow morning too as the east wind gets going (not in metro area).
What did go wrong? I should have trusted those mesoscale models better. They clearly showed a snow profile.
I had the worst drive ever on the way home last night. Extremely heavy snowfall from Beaverton down Hwy. 26 onto 405…real slow. Then the Marquam Bridge was just closed as I approached. On SB 405 that forces you onto SB 5. Did you know there’s no exit for about 2 miles until you get way up to the Terwilliger exit? So I drove down the hill from there onto OR 43, across a still and snowy Sellwood Bridge, through an empty Sellwood, then through Milwaukie (it actually snow there last night), a very slow drive all the way to I205 & 224 entrance ramp. Meanwhile, here and there were vehicles stuck in the deep slush/snow. Up I205 to 84. Slow drive in blinding snow to Corbett exit. Halfway up Corbett hill a guy is sitting in the middle with flashers on. I ask if he needs help “no, I’m just from Portland and checking out my 4 wheel drive in the woods”. Hmmm, okay, move on. I get within a mile of home in the middle of nowhere, dodging trees hanging way down over the road. Come around a corner and Bam!…a large tree fallen across the road. I back up, park, start walking. All you can hear is occasional cracking from limbs and trees falling. Just as I start, a Reliance Connects phone company crew drives down looking for a way to get to their equipment. They have a chainsaw! So at 1:30am, in a suit and boots, I’m helping remove a tree off the road, which is somewhere 8″ or so down. What a weird experience . I got home and to bed around 2:30am.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen