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:
WINTER STORM WARNING THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
- 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