It’s been a fun afternoon, if were at home playing in or watching the snow. Disastrous if you were stuck in traffic for hours. Or a little long if you participated in 8 straight hours of live storm coverage on TV.
Looking at the radar the solid band of heavy snow has shifted to the north and is falling apart. We should just see lighter snow the rest of the evening. Still an inch or two additional is possible. It looks like the lightest has been Salem to Woodburn and then up to the east side of the Portland metro area. You folks only had a trace to 2″. Everyone else had more; appears that 2-4″ totals have been most common for most of us in the metro area. The heaviest has been up in Northern Clark county and Columbia county with 5, 6, 7, or even 9″
What happens now?
Another surface low pressure area moves across southern Oregon tomorrow afternoon, throwing more moisture up over the cold air entrenched over northern Oregon. The heaviest snow/freezing rain will stay south of the Portland metro area, thus our forecast of 2-4″ for the metro area. Believe it or not, the central/south valley should see MORE snow tomorrow, although with a thinning low level airmass I think there is a very good chance of widespread freezing rain mixed in from Salem south to Eugene. Possibly even as far north as the extreme SE part of the Portland metro area (Colton, Molalla, Estacada).
Beyond tomorrow evening’s 2-4″, I don’t see a big chance for widespread snow or freezing rain in the metro area the rest of the weekend. Although we might squeeze out a little more snow later in the day Saturday. It’ll be a very slow warmup Saturday and Sunday, but enough to improve road conditions dramatically. A few sunbreaks and 30-35 degrees can do wonders in early-mid February. The Columbia River Gorge will remain frozen until at least Sunday night.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen