As expected, warmer air is pushing in a couple thousand feet above our heads in the metro area this evening, so many of us are seeing the snow change to ice pellets and/or freezing rain. Remember freezing rain is liquid, ice pellets are snowflakes that melted into raindrops and then refroze into little chunks of ice. It almost sounds like small hail when it hits your window or your head. We’ve had some very heavy bands of precipitation move through in the past hour or so too:
THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR TONIGHT:
- Expect road conditions to go downhill between now and midnight as many metro area roads start to get a glazing of ice…on top of the packed snow. Tonight’s road conditions will probably be the worst we have seen.
- Temperatures hold steady or drop a degree or two; any roads (mainly south metro) that thawed a little today will refreeze after sunset.
- Another 2-4″ snow is possible across the north and west metro where the cold air is thicker.
- East wind is just about the strongest we’ve seen out of all 3 storms out in the Gorge, it’ll back off quite a bit after midnight like it did yesterday evening.
Thanks for all your snow totals. It looks like the storm has underperformed except out near Banks and Forest Grove. Around 6″ new out there. Most of us have only seen 1.5″ to 3″. The switch to ice pellets and freezing rain hasn’t helped much.
Look at the current temps, how about that 56 in Roseburg! Big ice storm in progress in the southern valley; thanks Paul for the 3/4″ ice report. That’s got to be a real big issue with trees and power lines falling.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen