2pm Update: Mainly Rain So Far…

Things are working out well this afternoon with mainly rain showers falling below 1,500’ west of the Cascades.  At times some snowflakes have been mixed in, but all temps are between 36 & 43 degrees across the metro area and even the top of our transmission tower is above freezing now.  

NOW-7:00 PM:
Rain picks up, turns steady, could briefly mix with snow anywhere, but probably mainly or all rain.  Breezy too.  Temps near 40.

 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: 
The rain backs off to light showers, mixing with snow up above 1,000’ later.  No sticking in the metro area, but turning snowy over Coast Range and Cascades.  Temps 35-40.

The Rest of the Night & Morning Commute: 
Rain and snow showers, snow could briefly stick anywhere by the time we get to the morning commute; very similar to what we saw Saturday.  Everyone will at least see snow in the air for GDO.  Higher elevations get 1-3”, mainly near and above 1,000’.

 Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

65 Responses to 2pm Update: Mainly Rain So Far…

  1. Yevpolo1990 says:

    Mark, how comes the low is off of Wa coast and is still producing such impressive easterly gradient? It is at -5mb now. Is it due to the high in Utah and or BC?

  2. David in Otis says:

    Still a heavy rain snow mix sitting at 35°

  3. Andrew (Portland....Sylvan Highlands ~800 feet) says:

    Just got home from work, currently 36 here with a rain/snow mix.

  4. eric storm says:

    But most importantly, will Corbett schools be delayed tomorrow?

  5. W7ENK says:

    A tornado roughly ~8,000 miles wide, travelling at ~300,000 mph… Made of fire! 😯

    http://www.katu.com/news/national/Tornado-as-big-as-Earth-rages-across-sun-at-300K-mph-140643033.html

  6. AlohaWeather says:

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    WEST CENTRAL COOS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST OREGON…
    NORTHWESTERN CURRY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST OREGON…
    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…PORT ORFORD…GOLD BEACH…

    * UNTIL 545 PM PST

    * AT 442 PM PST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE
    THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND
    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH HAVE
    BEEN REPORTED WITH THESE STORMS. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED
    ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM BANDON TO 30 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GOLD
    BEACH…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 22 MILES NORTH OF PORT
    ORFORD TO 30 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GOLD BEACH…AND MOVING EAST AT 10
    MPH.

    * OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
    LANGLOIS…SIXES…EDSON CREEK CAMPGROUND…SIXES RIVER
    CAMPGROUND…OPHIR…MYRTLE POINT AND COQUILLE

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
    IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD
    TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
    PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

  7. Mountain Man says:

    Here in the western gorge about 15 miles east of Washougal at 1,150 ft. – snowing hard occasionally lightens up for a minute and then comes down hard again. Was only sticking mostly to the old snow left from last weekend and not much on bare ground but suddenly I got an inch of new on everything and it’s 31.5 degrees. Huge flakes and fun times.

  8. Lorraine Newell says:

    So what’s the chances of late start for Corbett tomorrow?

  9. This storm as all the good stuff. Wind, cold, rain, snow. Maybe some hail and thunder and lightening. What’s not to like?

  10. germantownsummit1000' says:

    Now, up here, on the other hand…

    …the air is cool – almost cold – 33.0.

    Down 1.5 degrees in 45 minutes.

    Lovely, wet snow coming almost straight down.

    Not that it ever goes up you understand.

  11. 38.5 at Newport on the bridge.

  12. CorbettTez says:

    Rain, w/ slight snow mix – temp 34 at the school (32 at my house) and winds are still ESE @ 27-32. A lot more East wind that I had heard was coming our way. Have things changed that much in the past few hours?

  13. …now it’s getting fun, wind is kicking up, snow is coming in sideways, temp down to 32.5…

  14. Alec says:

    Mixing in Beaverton. 37 degrees at 300 feet.

  15. 225' Tigard says:

    Is it snowing back home at 32.6 Mark?

  16. David in Otis says:

    Rain snow mix here in otis

  17. W7ENK says:

    Moderate rain in Milwaukie.
    40.5F, down from 45.1F at Noon o’clock.
    Splat test = –1

  18. Andrew (Portland....Sylvan Highlands ~800 feet) says:

    Down to 37 at PDX now and dropping.

  19. Mat the Salmon Killer says:

    Low on sat looks to be comin in way more south than models projected two days ago. May prohibit south winds more? anyways getting really strong winds from the ese now. Strange for any time of year here. Hope there’s a monkey in the wrench

  20. 225' Tigard says:

    That east wind seems to be hanging on even in places like HIO that actually just switched to an east wind from south wind earlier. Is TTD reporting snow?
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?wfo=pqr&sid=TTD&num=60&raw=0&banner=off

  21. Ryan says:

    When’s the front get all the way thru us?

  22. PaulB/Eugene says:

    Nice looking front on sat imagery…should be one of the more squally cold fronts to impact the Willamette Valley/OR Coast in some time….Apex of front aimed at Central OR Coast. 6-10pm should be interesting.

  23. Andrew (Portland....Sylvan Highlands ~800 Feet) says:

    Down to 38 at PDX, no clue whats going on up at my place. Here in downtown i could make out some brief snow mixing in with the rain earlier.

  24. SilentReader says:

    Scappoose Hills – snowing presently and on and off most of the day. Temp has dropped to 32.4 and getting sticking snow for the first time of the day.

    I am about 900ft give or take 50 feet. We seem to be in an odd location that gets more snow than others.

  25. Wendy-Silverlake, Wa says:

    So far it has been all snow today, no rain mixed in, but not sticking around. Right now it’s really coming down.

  26. Cliff Gavic 1,100 ft says:

    East wind driven snow down the gorge /reputedly/ sw port.

    Will change overnight to snow above 500ft.

  27. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    Thanks Mark for the update!

  28. Brucie555 says:

    Good Rain/Snow mix @ the Troutdale Airport – 50 ft. elevation.

  29. Aaron (600ft) hockinson, WA says:

    currently a r/s mix right. Temp dropped from 42 to 37 degrees in the last 45mins. Should be interesting to see if I get any snow as I am usually just on the snow line.

  30. Pouring rain and snow in Battle Ground. Add the 20 mph winds and the dropping temps and it isn’t all that pleasant outside!

    37.8 here

  31. pappoose in scappoose says:

    I’m all in for a Stray Albino Donkey…mixed with snow!

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      Really like winds that respond quickly!

      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
      236 PM PST TUE FEB 28 2012

      .SHORT TERM…THE MODELS REMAIN FAIRLY CONSISTENT WITH THE APPROACH OF THE NEXT STRONG OFFSHORE FRONTAL SYSTEM…SPEEDING IT UP A TOUCH
      COMPARED TO PREVIOUS GUIDANCE. WINDS HAVE BEEN SLOW TO COME UP THIS AFTERNOON ALONG THE COAST BUT SHOULD RESPOND QUICKLY IN THE NEXT HOUR
      OR SO. THE FRONT APPEARS TO BE VERY DYNAMIC WITH LIGHTNING DETECTED JUST OFFSHORE AND THIS CONVECTION SHOULD AID IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF
      HIGH WINDS. HIGH WINDS IN THE COAST RANGE LOOK MARGINAL FOR NOW BUT WILL LEAVE THE WARNING INTACT. GUSTY WINDS CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED IN
      THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AS THIS SYSTEM APPROACHES THIS EVENING.

    • W7ENK says:

      Nice! That stampede looks like it’s making a bee-line for NW Oregon. Would be nice if it held together, but I doubt it will cross the Coast Range.

  32. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Rain snow mix in Longview right now

  33. WEATHERDAN says:

    Sunday might be a nice day, partly sunny and in the high 50,s. But more cool rain next week. No valley floor snowfall though. I just keep my mind on the fact that some nicer spring weather is just weeks away. This is the price we pay for our nice summer weather. Besides without the low level snow Mark can go home to his family instead of explaining to Portland how 1 inch of snow is going to paralyze the city and cause civilization to crumble for ten hours straight. KPTV can broadcast their usual if it bleeds it leads newscast.

  34. Bob says:

    Mixed rain, freezing rain and snow on Vancouver Heights – started around 1300. Some white showing on neighbor’s roofs. Air temp is 37-38 degrees at 14:30.

  35. Steve Pierce says:

    WOW! God Da** Oregon (GDO)! No need to get angry Mark! 🙂

  36. bgb41 says:

    Looks like another period of “too cold to enjoy the outdoors” but not cold enough to snow.

  37. Jethro (Canby ~187') says:

    Fork holding firmly…

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