Just a quick update,
Models have all slowed down arrival of precipitation for Thursday to the midday-afternoon period. That and they have even lighter precipitation.
If this is correct, as of now, the chance for freezing rain or ice pellets is very low for northwest Oregon Thursday, it’ll be a bit too warm for that at midday and into the afternoon. And in the Gorge it’s possible the dry east wind keeps precipitation from reaching the ground anyway. Check out the precipitation forecast ending at 4pm tomorrow on the WRF-GFS…sprinkles or a little more, that’s it:
So, if you’re worried about freezing rain for the Thursday morning commute, DON’T WORRY for now. At this point it appears unlikely.
As for wind…wow, it’s REAL windy out in the Gorge. Vista House wind sensor stopped reporting at 12:30am due to a power outage in the Corbett area. The Corbett sensor is also dead, I think due to a PC issue. But, Biddle Butte across the river has gusted to 70 mph. We’ve only had that sensor for a year or so, but I think that might be the highest we have seen in that spot. And notice how the wind ramped up quite a bit AFTER the Vista House wind sensor reported the 81mph.
If you are planning on walking down to Vista House it’s possible you get kicked out since today would be a normal construction day with work people around. I don’t know. I suppose the 2nd best spot then would be Portland Women’s Forum Viewpoint just to the west. I might stop by there around 11:30am since I have a haircut around noon. Grey Prius with a deer-size dent on the hood for me.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen