I’m pretty happy with how that tricky forecast worked out; everyone saw snow but not everyone had sticking. Plenty up in the hills, I had about 3″ here at 1,000′ east of Corbett. Put your snow totals (if you had more than 1/2″) in the posting below.
- Snow showers continue today mixed with sunbreaks, much like yesterday although a little colder.
- We dry out around the evening commute and through midnight. No travel issues for the evening commute.
- A snow/rain mix for the lowest elevations resumes around midnight, then all rain after 3am
- Near/above 1,000′, it’ll be all snow around midnight for 3-4 hours. Could see 1-2″ up there. Then all rain after 3-4am even on the hills
- Tomorrow morning’s commute will just be wet
Showers taper off this afternoon as the coldest air and instability moves off to the east, then we have a dry and chilly evening. By the way, the morning sunday at Salem was a -6.5…just about as models anticipated.
A very wet frontal system moves inland later tonight and tomorrow morning. Precipitation appears to arrive right around midnight and with the cold airmass overhead there is a very good chance it starts as a rain/snow mix even to the lowest elevations. The sounding looks very similar to Saturday morning’s event; so I expect sticking snow again closer to 1,000′, but very unlikely it’ll stick much lower. I think this is pretty much a rain event for most of us. For those of you in the hills, the action will be from Midnight to 4am. Could see 1-2″ up around and above 1,000′. It’ll end quickly at that time though as much warmer air floods in from the south and southwest.
The 12z WRF-GFS 3 hours snow total from 1-4am captures it just about right:
Lots of rain tomorrow, a very wet Wednesday ahead.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen