Wintry Mix Still On For Today


There isn’t going to be a snowstorm in Portland today.

Here is the latest…

  • Warm air has moved in overhead as models showed, bringing the chance for significant sticking snow down to just about zero for most of the metro area.
  • Metro area highways/freeways will remain clear today
  • In the hills there will be some icy roads in spots, mainly before noon
  • A wintry mix will fall all day.  That includes ice pellets, freezing rain (less likely), snow, and just plain rain.
  • Temperatures remain near/above freezing so accumulation of anything will not be on roads, except in and near the Columbia River Gorge
  • There is still a chance it changes back over to snow from Forest Grove to Vernonia, but I’d say just an inch or two is possible now.
  • The NWS has cancelled the Winter Storm Warning for the metro area.
  • RESUME YOUR NORMAL LIVES if you don’t live near/in the Columbia River Gorge

Looks like the trusty mesoscale models have done very well again today, with those soundings showing a warm layer moving in above being accurate.  Go Huskies!

At this moment ODOT road surface temperatures at the 217/26 interchange on the west side and I205/Division on the eastside are only a degree above freezing…a close call!  But with daytime warming (a little) that should keep them from falling below freezing.

I started with ice pellets and snow here at 1,000′ at the west end of the Gorge, but as of 8:30am it’s mostly snow now.  So lots of blowing snow and ice pellets if you’re driving out I-84 this morning.

Here is a nice pic showing a glazing in the hills above Newberg


97 Responses to Wintry Mix Still On For Today

  1. Marc (East Vancouver) says:

    Side roads are snow covered and very slick! Stoll coming down!

  2. vernonia1 says:

    Temp held @ 37 all day…now that precip (cloud cover) is mostly gone…down to 35

    • sds says:

      been snowing since 10 am this morning–everything is white 33 degrees 6 miles up the Lewis river out of Woodland at 250 ft.–no warm tongue here!

  3. Jack in Corbett says:

    Out here in the gorge near Vista House (elevation 450 ft.)

    Winds in high 30s to low 40s with gusts to 60 mph

    Blowing snow with visibility at times as low as 300 feet

    Snow levels maybe 2-3 inches but now starting to have minor drifts

    Temp 28.2 degrees

    Vista House gusts near 80 mph most of the day

  4. Back edge of the moisture isn’t too far away now. Too bad the heavier precip ended down around Corvallis-Salem otherwise it may have been more exciting.

    Next up… Potential for overnight freezing of roads into skating rinks!

  5. Vancouver’s been getting the goods the past two hours. Big, fat snowflakes have been falling steadily, mixed with sleet at times. Got about 1/2″ accumulation now. Nothing to write home about, except for the fact that it’s November 13th…

  6. bonine4336 says:

    In North Portland.
    What started out as 75% snow and 25% ice pellets, which accumulated a nice dusting has now changed to freezing rain/sleet but my temperature has dropped from 33ºF at 10:00 to 31 now. This might be a messy ice storm- the streets should stay liquid though I would think.

  7. pappoose in scappoose says:

    1229 PM PST THU NOV 13 2014

  8. WEATHERDAN says:

    33 with North winds to 10 MPH in Salem at 1:30 PM. Have been as high as 35 2 hours ago. Some sleet earlier but now just a cold rain. Mayhaps tonight may have a few icy spots if the sky clears out. Don’t see much additional warming today. Could be just as cold tomorrow if we have fog and low clouds most of the day. Then a cold weekend with another surge of cold coming down from the North. Certainly not what I expected a week ago. Peace.

  9. MasterNate says:

    Any reports on snow totals out of the Gorge? Hood River, The Dalles, Ect…

  10. Jason Hougak says:

    10 day GFS shows jet streaming south into California by day 10. Looks like an El Niño setup may develope.

    • Brian Leroy says:

      I think that’s why were getting this cold/snow/sleet now because the rest of the winter will be boring due to el nino, this has happen before in other el nino years as well.

  11. Joe says:

    Noticed temperature drop since 6am to now in Tualatin. Approx. 3-4F drop. One station read 35F at 6am, now it reads 31.

  12. Neat the top of Bull MountIn says:

    The thermometer isholding steady on our deck so 30-degrees. Ice pellets off and on but cars don’t seem to have a problem zooming down the hill

  13. dothgrin says:

    I wonder what sun angle will do later this afternoon with cold air still in place? Right now it is all cold flippin’ rain.

  14. char jones says:

    NE Portland – After waking up to a temperature of 38 and rain coming down, we’ve now got 32 degrees and lots of frozen pellets coming down. Glad I didn’t have to go in to work today – I’m thinking the evening commute could be downright ugly.

  15. Longview 400 ft says:

    Flurries most of the day with a little sleet mixed in.

  16. Andrew (Beaverton) says:

    PDX down to 32 now

  17. B1900 Pilot says:

    Temps gone above freezing at the 400 foot elevation mark in Bethany. Starting to thaw out. All rain.

  18. Uhhhh… Mark?
    It’s not so mixish and much more wintery now.

    It’s beginning to pile up… and “resume your normal lives” is on the front page of the KPTV website.

    Temperature is dropping. Kinda looks like a snowstorm for the moment.

  19. alohabb says:

    Things are icing up quick. Roads soon to follow. Already seeing icicles on limbs, street signs

  20. Hal in Aims says:

    radar looks as if there should be more than just very light sleet with a few flakes………..east wind must be eating a lot of it…………

  21. Fred Brooks says:

    Snowing pretty good in Fairview now. Too windy for the kids to play it but it looks nice for making snowballs.

  22. alohabb says:

    Uh oh. 32 in aloha with LOTS of moisture. Icing up now.

  23. Michelle says:

    still just raining here in Tigard

  24. Jane - Forest Grove says:

    We might be ice skating tomorrow morning…….

  25. oldwxwatcher says:

    Steady very light sleet with a few snowflakes mixed in here in E Portland. Temperature has been falling slowly all morning, now 29.5°. DP is 26°.

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