Well, the drive to work was a bit underwhelming from 1-2pm. Looking at the radar I was hoping to at least see some good snow in the air. But from Troutdale to Beaverton (east to west), I only saw a few light flurries and bare/dry ground the whole way, plus it was totally dry from downtown westward. Flurries did just drop a dusting out in eastern Multnomah/Clark Counties east of I-205, but I just missed it.
I think my 10:30am update was a bit of a overforecast, it looks like very few of us even saw a dusting. The one exception was the northwest part of Vancouver…take a look at the radar at around noon:
Notice the one yellow area (the only one that appeared today) was right over SR500 and Hazel Dell. That’s the spot that actually saw some decent accumulation. Here’s a closer view:
You had to be within a couple of miles of that spot or farther north into Clark County to see anything other than a dusting. Our SW Medical Center camera shows green grass and nothing even on the barkdust. There’s little or nothing south of SR500 on I-5 or anywhere along I-205 south of the I-5 split.
So yes, the worst of all possibilities has happened; it snowed at Steve Pierce’s house and almost nowhere else! Here’s the “neener, neener, it snowed and my house and it’s just too bad it didn’t at yours!” picture to prove it from Steve! The pic just shows a dusting, but I’ve seen reports of 1-2″ in the Salmon Creek area.
Well, maybe next time for everyone else.
On another note, PDX officially recorded -SN (light snow) at the Noon observation; that means that’ll go down as the “first snowflake” at the Airport for the AMS contest from the Winter Weather Meeting.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen