No changes to our forecast this evening…in fact we’ve now reached the point before a “weather event” where there’s nothing left to do except sit back and see what happens. Here’s a general look a the areas west of the Cascades where we expect to get a dusting (white)
and 1″ or more
All our models still in agreement on the coverage of snow tomorrow and we won’t get anything new between now and arrival of snow. Main (or all) action is expected on the central Coast and central/southern Willamette Valley. Here’s our evening RPM model depiction of snow accumulation…sorry about the hole in the metro area; it’s a combination of most of the moisture staying to our south and strong east wind drying out the lower elevations.
- Timing is slowed down a little; it may not start in the valley until 8-10am. We don’t know exactly when and won’t get any new information before that time except by watching the radar during the post-midnight hours.
- Coast should be about to start getting some flurries, radar shows that on the north coast. It should reach the central coast by 5-6am.
- Portland metro area won’t get much colder tonight (mid-upper 20s), but wind should be gusting pretty good for the morning commute and beyond. We haven’t had a windy and cold day like what’s coming Friday in quite a few years. Sudden those “bitter cold” 36 degree calm days will seem mild!
I will be sleeping later tonight, like regular people, so no posts until around 9am tomorrow. During that time, I highly suggest you check for updates on Twitter or Facebook from Brian and Andy. I’m pretty sure Brian will be storming through social media 3-9am.
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Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen