Messy Monday AM Commute

11pm Sunday…

Long day…so a quick post.

Lots of freezing rain this evening, in fact it was pouring at times over our area.  Radar implies the rain should be tapering off the next few hours.  Then renewed showers during the Monday morning commute.  Temperatures are ever so slowly rising, in fact the lowest elevations are all within 2 degrees of freezing in the metro area.  That tells me two things:

  1. Main freeways are in pretty good shape for the morning commute…just scattered icy areas.
  2. It won’t take much to melt off most areas away from the Gorge during the daytime Monday.  In the Gorge it’ll stay frozen and areas like Troutdale/Gresham/Washougal will only partially melt.

As a result I think the evening commute will be just fine for us…a cloudy day with a few light showers…that’s it.


Be careful driving out there tonight/tomorrow!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

47 Responses to Messy Monday AM Commute

  1. Shane says:

    Now may be a good time to toss a precautionary advisory up over PDX with that ban of moisture migrating up the valley. Temp dropping in SW PDX and most radiational warming done for the day. Icicles beginning to strengthen again.

  2. Washougal 1100ft says:

    Looks like things might just warm a little and get interesting again this weekend. Have had snow on the ground and freezing temps for over a week now. Be interesting to see how cold we stay with east wind and snow cover on the east side? Something to watch. East wind is still blowing and 31 out more ZR tonight.

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    34 and still a little bit of ice about. Looks like no warmer than 35 today. No sunbreaks as of yet Peace.

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

    What happened to the dry first half of January we were supposed to get?

  5. WEATHERDAN says:

    NWS has us staying quite cool even into next weekend. Has at least a couple of low level chances for “Wintry precipitation”. This Winter starting to resemble the El Nino Winter of 87/88 which was one of the analog years that was bandied about. North wind starting to pick up again. Still some icy spots about. Stuck at 33 degrees. With a North wind it will be difficult to get much additional warming today. DP quite high so unless we get some drier air to move in temp won’t drop much with next band of precip. Still could see additional ZR tonight. Boy do I miss Summer. Oh well. Peace.

  6. Sapo says:

    Tons of ice and icicles on everything and the neighborhood roads are still at least partially ice-covered. Glad most schools etc went with a closure instead of a delay, still messy out there.

    WRF forecasts a weak band of moisture moving in this evening and a stronger one around midnight. We’ll have to monitor temperatures, but looks like more of a gorge/east Metro freezing rain event, but that could change. Ice is already on the ground in most areas so the ground’s pretty cold and maybe some areas will get an additional glazing on objects.

  7. Mike says:

    i was wondering what are the chances of the next band of moistures that makes it here later of being snow? I mean like percantage wise! And also wouldnt some brakes in the clouds tonight help to cool above a little?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hear there’s a slight possibility of more freezing rain tonight, Mark, can you confirm this?

  9. marinersfan85 says:

    I don’t see any ZR away from the Gorge tomorrow AM. I doubt we get below 32 tonight. Most people will be at 33-34 tonight.

    • Sapo says:

      Yeah, we’ll see but definitely not the same kind of setup we had yesterday. Maybe east Metro could get some ice but doesn’t look like a widespread ice storm.

  10. John Liu says:

    Side roads are ice. Main (arterial) roads are a little better. Avoid hills, even little ones.

    • John Liu says:

      Now main roads are largely clear, some slush but mostly just wet. Side roads are thawing, still some ice/slush over ice in the less-traveled areas. This is in close-in Portland at low elevation.

  11. W7ENK says:

    There are huge chunks, sometimes whole sheets of ice falling from the tall buildings down onto the sidewalks in Downtown Portland. I just saw a woman almost get hit by at least 100 pounds of jagged icicles, missed her by about three strides!!

    It’s dangerous down here, people need to be mindful of where they’re walking, and especially of what’s overhead.

    • Andrew says:

      I can confirm this, I have been watching huge chunks of ice come crashing down from the Fox Tower all morning long. Most people down below aren’t even paying attention. A huge chunk almost hit the construction workers behind Nordstrom’s.

    • Dave in South Salem (500') says:

      In some countries there are a number of people killed each year by ice falling in this way. I doubt Oregonians are aware of the danger. I hope we don’t see something tragic on the news today.

    • gidrons says:

      In some jurisdictions, building codes required heated roofs and eaves to prevent that kind of thing.

  12. esmewwax says:

    Does anyone know what Vista House looks like today, and how the roads going up to it are?

    • Aleta- West Gresham says:

      I’d guess they’d be horrible. That gorge wind is still pretty icy even if it’s almost 32*

  13. Ed says:

    Nylon stockings pulled over your shoes makes it easy to walk on ice

  14. W7ENK says:

    • Brandan says:

      Complain more on your Twitter?

    • gidrons says:

      Getting hit by a bus while on your bike will do that to you.

    • W7ENK says:

      Indeed it does, especially when the operator fully admitted he was aware of the contact, then used his medical expertise as a bus driver to assess my condition — without even so much as removing his seatbelt — to determine that I was “fine,” before closing the doors in my face and leaving the scene of an injury accident, a Class B felony in the State of Oregon. After X-rays, multiple visits with my doctor and more than 2 months of physical therapy — the first being while I was on vacation in Estonia — my doctor, physical therapist and lawyer all disagreed with Dr. TriMet’s assessment. I was incredibly lucky I only ended up with a separated shoulder.

      And before anyone starts blaming the cyclist here, I was essentially struck from behind and pinched into a curb while legally occupying a traffic lane, thus having complete Right-of-Way over the situation. The bus failed to yield.

      So yeah, after “going dark” on my twitter account for over a year while we hashed out a settlement, I’m now free to poke them in the proverbial eye again.

      But, I digress. All this really has no place on Mark’s weather blog…

      Thanks for your inquiry though, just the same!

  15. lilfoot123 says:

    Cowlitz County WA is an icy slushy mess! No school for the kids today! LCC will open at 10am!

  16. JJ78259 says:

    Great to see California getting the El Niño rain! They need it. Mid 70’s by the end of the week here in San Antonio. Spring flowers coming into the Stores already!

  17. Snow arrived here about 5am this morning. Not much to measure(less than a quarter of an inch so far), but it’s nice to see. Looks like El Nino will allow temperatures to remain on the cool side for this week.

  18. Lee Wilson says:

    I hope we don’t get rapid melting then a re-Freeze.

    And from the looks of things, that’s where we are headed.

  19. Paul D says:

    My neighborhood in Hillsboro is a skating rink. I chained up the car before leaving work last night and am glad they’re still on for my drive this morning (at 5:30).

  20. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    30.6 here with a near constant freezing drizzle.

  21. WEATHERDAN says:

    32 and still icy. Looks like a cool week ahead. Maybe another cold spell ahead in a few days. Peace.

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

    On a normal evening I average about 20 cars driving by my house an hour. I haven’t heard one in over seven hours. Spooky. Hope to wake up to 34 degrees and slush.

  23. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    Wonderful to see the snow, the ice? Not so much. But some of the ODOT cams are interesting to look at with the icicles on them. Can’t make it in to work due to ice.

  24. Benjamin (West Salem) says:

    Thanks for the updates throughout the day!!! It’s been an exciting day. I just hope everyone can stay safe traveling through it.

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