Welcome to the world’s slowest thaw! Ice doesn’t melt quickly at 32-35 degrees. Temperatures are a few degrees above freezing this afternoon in the metro area. Freeways/highways are fine, and main roads WEST of I-205 seem to be wet as well in the lowlands. Still tons of ice left on roads in the higher hills (West Hills) and closer to the Gorge where temps have been colder too.
- Showers develop again and it’ll be showery through tomorrow morning’s commute. TEMPERATURES REMAIN AT OR ABOVE FREEZING. THEY WILL DIP TO OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING IN TROUTDALE/GRESHAM/CAMAS WASHOUGAL AREAS (NEAR THE GORGE) AND UP AROUND 1,000′ IN THE WEST HILLS.
- Roads will remain wet all for most of us and icy roads will continue to SLOWLY melt during the night. There won’t be any sort of “refreezing” in the lower elevations overnight.
- Near the Gorge and the top of the West Hills, roads will remain icy with those cooler temps. There will be additional icing of trees/power lines east of I-205, but probably not enough to cause problems.
Keep in mind that to get “new ice” on roads tonight, temperatures generally need to be down to 30. That’s why I’m not real excited about any refreezing.
TUESDAY: A few showers, then mainly dry. A few sunbreaks too… Slightly warmer so thawing continues even near the Gorge. High near 38.
IN THE GORGE: Continued freezing rain showers through Wednesday…mainly icy roads will remain through Wednesday morning.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen