Storm #2 Moving In Ahead of Schedule: 11am Update

Ah, a lovely night at the local hotel.  A quick trip for gas and now back at work.  Snow storm #2 is running ahead of schedule.  Here are the highlights:


MarkWarnings_Winter Wx Advisory

  • Snow has already spread north of Salem, most of the metro area will be getting fresh snow by 1pm.
  • Most roads in the metro area are still snow-covered, a few are slushy in the wheel tracks but that’s about it.  Snow will cover all roads again as we go through the afternoon since temperatures will remain below freezing.
  • 3-6″ is likely from the north Coast to Portland and into the Gorge, possibly more in localized spots.  Snow will mix with freezing rain south of Salem this afternoon, ice pellets (sleet) possible down there too.  The heaviest precipitation will be in the south valley today…what a mess.
  • This means many areas from Salem to east Portland will have MORE snow today than yesterday.  Have fun kids!!!
  • 1-3″ on the central Coast with freezing rain mixed in as well.
  • East wind will pick up a bit again, but closer to the Gorge this time.  Gusts 30-40 mph will cause blowing and drifting out east of I-205.
  • Blizzard conditions will develop in the Columbia River Gorge this afternoon/evening assuming we get 4″ or so out there.
  • Snow tapers off late tonight

The ECMWF model has done very well again, showing a 2nd very moist system moving in over us today.  Unfortunately it also sends another surge of moisture for more snow and/or freezing rain very late Saturday or Saturday night.  It would still be cold enough for snow or freezing rain at that point in the metro area.  We’ll take a closer look at tomorrow once we get through this afternoon’s storm.

Here is a real nice map of snow totals from the Thursday storm.   Thanks to the National Weather Service #hardworkinggovernmentemployeeswethankyou


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

204 Responses to Storm #2 Moving In Ahead of Schedule: 11am Update

  1. Tomorrow afternoon and evening is looking quite a bit more moist!

  2. MasterNate says:

    Last week of February still in the cards. Good night all. Enjoy the snow tomorrow before its just another fun memory! This is a one of a kind “analog year”

  3. Dave in South Salem (500') says:

    So instead of switching to freezing rain, we got 12 hours of snow and the sky went dry. I’ll take it. Still goes to show how inexact the forecasts can be when such unusual storms hit.

  4. pdxduck says:

    Any guesses as to what the Monday morning commute will look like? Bare roads or still some leftover mess to deal with?

    • Steve says:

      I have over 12 inches of snow in aumsville or and they do not have any snow plows and 8 inches yesterday and a additional 5 inches today easy

    • Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

      I still think messy side streets!

      In 2008 the worst for me was after it started melting. The ruts were horrible. Slush was very slick.

  5. boydo3 N Albany says:

    This next one will not be as much fun. Got batteries?

  6. Austin-East Vancouver says:

    I thought I saw people like a week or 2 say winter was over:/ smh at them

  7. cowbell999 says:

    Im ready for rain

    • Chris s says:

      Why?? Keep the snow coming, and def keep frz rain away. We so seldom get something like this, why not keep it going for another day or 2? 😊

  8. Andrew (Beaverton,or) says:

    Nws now calling for 2-6 inches of snow tomorrow afternoon and evening followed by up to a quarter inch of freezing rain….amazing

  9. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Just conducted a snow survey in my yard, and I measured anywhere from 6″ in wind-swept spots up to 12″ in drifts. Most wind-sheltered areas measured 7″, so that’s what I’m going with. Not a bad 2-day total!

  10. MasterNate says:

    I haven’t looked at radar but all is silent and sitting at 6″
    27 outside, in Molalla. Not the most but impressive and a lot of fun. We deserve this after a dry and foggy dull winter.

  11. W7ENK says:

    841 PM PST FRI FEB 7 2014

  12. DEL X V says:

    Gusty SW wind shift at North Bend. central Oregon coast,,,Low center apparently moving on shore N of station OTH.

  13. boydo3 N Albany says:

    Well…wasn’t that FUN! Two big days of snowfall. 14″ on the streets right now. Big time fun. Thank-you snow gods!

  14. Roman~Snow-Zone-Monmouth, Elv. 223' says:

    Have almost seen twelve straight hours of snow falling, amazing!

  15. Jeff Raetz says:

    Timelapse of todays snow here in Oak Grove

  16. Andrew (Beaverton, OR) says:

    Temperature has fallen from 25.3 to 24.1 here in the last couple of minutes, snow intensity is really picking up now too

  17. Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

    Just had a N25 wind gust; pressure 29.67″ & falling rapidly. 25.3° & snowing moderately here.

  18. Beaverdreams says:

    Well, maybe I spoke too soon…..snowing again now in SW PDX/Raleigh Park…….

  19. alohabb says:

    radar still shows at least a couple more hours of precip.

  20. snodaze says:

    Well this really sucked… didn’t it? I was thinking 4-5 inches but bought into the idea of 6-12 (and for good reason nonetheless)… I hate weather…

    on to spring. — See you next year… I’m melting. Be good!… (and Erik, find another job that prevents you from posting so much… Geez)

    • dharmabum says:

      I like weather, but the damage heavy snow and freezing rain can do (I have seen too many damaging ice storms in my lifetime) has tempered my enthusiasm as I grow older and hopefully made me a little wiser. But dido on the idea of onto spring and also the comment about excess posting, but I guess some people feed their neediness here.

  21. Hal In Aims says:

    I do not like the nose of mixed precip pointed right at me…..we’ll see…

    • Seahawks Fan - NE Vancouver says:

      I think Rob said 6-10+” NEW snow for the PDX/Vancouver metro area. I don’t believe he made a forecast for areas south.

  22. Beaverdreams says:

    Well, I guess the 2-4 inch prediction was right all along, assuming we’re done…….weren’t there rumors of 6-12?

    • Curtis C says:

      I stated that someone would get 6″ and maybe up to a foot. I got 7.5″ today down here. My parents in Salem got about the same amount.

  23. runrain says:

    Vista House gusting to 70 mph now.

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