Pretty quiet this morning with light rain picking up across the area. Here in the Portland Metro area we have a mainly uneventful weather weekend on the way (including today):
FLOODING: All rivers continuing to recede today since we had almost 24 hours with no rain in the central Willamette Valley. The rain the next 3 days will be light enough that none are forecast will return to flooding.
ICE STORM: The Columbia River Gorge has an Ice Storm Warning. All of today’s rain will fall as glaze ice east of Cascade Locks. What a mess developing in the Hood River Valley and in The Dalles too. I see slightly colder air moved in overnight in that area. Middle Mtn (in the MIDDLE of the Hood River Valley…hmmm…) went from low 30s last night down into the mid 20s now. So it’s a good 2,000′ layer of chilly air stuck. That won’t get dislodged until the wave (related to wind westside) comes through late tonight. Could see another 1/2″ ice easily.
WIND: Model are noticeably weaker this morning with the wave coming through tonight. Still windy along the Coast, gusts up around 70 mph for a brief period 11pm-3am there. But nothing too unusual. Here in the Valley, only the MM5-NAM is holding onto a strong southerly gradient (18mb OLM-EUG). The WRF-GFS and our RPM have 13-16mb gradient OLM-EUG. That would be more of a “wind advisory” event with gusts around 40 mph. Once again, nothing unusual there. So as of now, I don’t see a windstorm overnight. Hopefully the 00z model runs are weak as well.
And now…I…am… “checking out” of any weather activities until I get to work around 2pm…not even going to think WEATHER for the first time in a week…
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen