Looks like the chance of any more signficant snow in the metro area has dissipated. If you waited and stayed home from work to see how much snow would fall (a good choice in Vancouver and NE Portland), and your roads are clear now, everything looks good and you can resume “normal life”. I know my earlier statement at 6:45am was a little dramatic, but another 1/2″ and roads would have been far worse. Better to be cautious and wait rather than be stuck on roads for hours.
Between 7-9am, roads did become very messy and the commute almost ground to a halt across the north side of the metro area…all from a dusting to 1.5″ of snow. Heaviest appeared to be north of the Columbia River in Vancouver.
Officially 1″ fell at PDX and 0.5″ at the Portland NWS Forecast Office in Parkrose. For once, the official location had more than other spots. Often it is the other way around.
For those of you that entered the first snowflake contest at the AMS winter weather meeting back in October, it appears first snow fell at PDX at 5:05am. Here is the METAR, -SN is the code for light snow:
|KPDX 061305Z 09017G24KT 9SM -SN OVC029 M02/M11 A3014 AO2 SNB04 P0000 T10221111|
That 1/2″ total will be the official number for Portland, that’s where records are now kept (since 1996).
The snow storm lived up to it’s billing on the central Oregon coastline and south valley. I see lots of 2-5″ totals from Albany south, and 7-8″ in the Corvallis area.
Now comes the cold. Easterly wind gusts will peak in the next few hours, then back off overnight. Probably enough wind to keep most of us in the teens (yes, ONLY in the teens). Then tomorrow night with clear skies, snow-covered areas could drop into the single digits.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen