Freezing Rain Update: Arriving This Evening

6pm Wednesday…

If you live above 500′ in the western Gorge or anywhere east of Multnomah Falls, expect a wintry mix of freezing rain, ice pellets, and even a few spots of snow between 7pm now and midnight.  The cold airmass that has been in place for a week is about 3,500′ thick in the central/eastern Gorge and won’t change much in the next 6 hours.

  • Watch out if you’re on I-84 east of Rooster Rock overnight as the freeway will turn increasingly icy as you head farther east.
  • Schools will likely have a late start in much of the Gorge and north-central Oregon.
  • Only slow warming tomorrow without a west wind, but temperatures will rise a few degrees above freezing.

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The temperatures warmed a few more degrees than I expected at the west end of the Gorge today.  At 6pm it’s 36-37 in Corbett and about the same down at Multnomah Falls.  When the precipitation arrives, the evaporative cooling should drop those locations down to right around freezing.  As a result, anyone below 500′ west of Multnomah Falls probably won’t see freezing rain.

The wind stops late tonight in the Gorge!  After 9 days of gusty wind it’ll be over…this time around at least.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

34 Responses to Freezing Rain Update: Arriving This Evening

  1. Marc (East Vancouver) says:

    Downright balmy next week.

  2. Tyler Mode says:

    Interesting find: The high today in Redmond, Oregon was 46. This is a 65 degree increase in temperature over earlier in the week. If you applied this temperature rise to Portland, today would have been 92 degrees…

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      I’ve always considered the high desert to be something a bit special. The place is awesome for seeing the night sky; I’ve spotted the space station as a kid and seen a 3 second shooting star there that lit up the sky like you wouldn’t believe.

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Here is some words of advice, if you don’t like wind then don’t live near the gorge!

  4. CorbettTez says:

    havent really had the wind “stop” here in Corbett yet…still 24-30mph. Was it just dying down today or is it actually going to STOP for a while? Just curious, after 9 days a little calm and quiet would be welcome. 🙂

  5. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    I have wanted to live/stay in buffalo (mostly just visit for a winter) since I was little because of lake effect snow. When I was young I always wondered why the Pacific Ocean never did that. Lol.

    • High Desert Mat says:

      My mom and sister and brother live in Jamestown NY,about 90 min south of Buffalo, and they hate the snow now. They used to live over there towards you guys in the valley but moved there 14 yrs ago. I guess too much of a good thing gets old too, just like our rain. They love the rain, they it means at least its warm lol.

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    Could you imagine if that kind of snowfall hit here, life as we know it would come to a standstill. Awesome

  7. schmit44 says:

    11/19/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:69 at Port Orford( 0 ft)
    Low: 54 at Port Orford(0 ft) & Gold Beach(16 ft) & BROOKINGS(79 ft) & BANDON(79 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:12 at NYSSA(2172 ft)
    Low: -2 at NPOWDR (3212 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 37 degrees
    CROW FLAT (39/2 ) (5172 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.11″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)
    0.95″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    0.81″ at BROOKINGS(79ft)
    0.72″ at QUAIL PRAIRIE LO(3183ft)
    0.62″ at Brookings Airpor(459ft)

  8. W7ENK says:

    The photos of all the snow in NY are incredible, up to 65 inches in some spots, and it’s still dumping!

    Someday, I’ll move to Buffalo, NY and it will be their first winter in history with 0 snowfall. Meanwhile, there will be a record snowfall here in Portland.

  9. High Desert Mat says:

    Zr just started here in Redmond with a temp of 24. At work in Terrebonne for another hour. Hope the roads stay wet til I get home.

  10. Jason Hougak says:

    Dang almost made it

  11. JJ78259 says:

    1st from San Antonio! 70 degrees today!

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