The traffic gridlock this evening in the Portland metro area was the worst we have seen in 7 years and many freeways are still jammed going on 4 hours now. You may remember the surprise snowstorm of December 29, 2009? That’s the last time we saw this. Click on the link for summary of that fiasco.
But this storm was perfectly forecast! At least up until around 5pm when totals started going above that 2″ forecast I gave. I think too many people decided to wait to leave work until the snow started falling. So then we had a very compact commute at the same time roads turned icy…what a mess.
The one miss is the northern extent of the snow band. Instead of stopping around Pacific City to St. Helens to Woodland, it headed north all the way to Longview, Tillamook, & Cannon Beach. You folks got an unexpected snowfall.
This is what we’ve seen so far, as the main band has pushed to the east. Officially the total so far is 1.5″ at the Portland National Weather Service forecast office; I assume that number will go up at little:
Definitely a solid inch or so above my 1/2″ to 2″ forecast. Remember I said a few folks could see 3″, but in reality we’re going to see a few spots up around 4″ instead. Close enough…
Radar shows the real solid snow has passed on to the east, but the wraparound moisture from a wave moving by will move over our area the next couple of hours.
Enjoy the snow!