We’re in continuous coverage here at FOX12 at this hour (through 7pm at least), so just a brief note. We’ve converted to mainly freezing rain in the metro area right on schedule.
Forecast was excellent for today, I’m in a pretty good mood after navigating two very tough snow forecasts this week (that includes the snow showers Monday)…It was mainly dry the first part of the day, then at noon everyone in the metro area had at least a trace as a line of snow squalls moved through. I don’t see anyone that got more than 2″ either. So a Trace to 2″ was just about right. Models overdid the moisture a bit and definitely were too zealous converting the moisture to snow accumulation. I was a bit concerned after Monday that it could happen again. Part luck and part experience with that success. One miss was the higher snowfall forecast from Hillsboro to Forest Grove. That didn’t happen. Those western areas converted to freezing rain just as fast as as the rest of the metro too.
What happens now? Moisture supply somewhat runs out this evening. We’ll go just to very light showers overnight…of course as mainly freezing rain. Hilltop areas that are in the 20s and the eastern metro will stay totally frozen. Roads shouldn’t get any worse in the other lower elevation areas
AM COMMUTE: Still totally frozen in the hills and east of I-205 towards the Gorge. A mix of wet and slushy/icy roads elsewhere. Then we all thaw as the day wears on, even in hills and at Troutdale.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen