Here’s a note I just sent to the newsies here at FOX12. I think it summarizes things well.
We will be on the air right after the football game around 5-6pm.
Our ice storm is continuing in about 1/3 of the metro area, the other 2/3rds are just a notch or two above freezing and should stay that way tonight. We’re a metro area “divided” weatherwise.
As of 3pm the temperature is back down below freezing again at PDX and all areas east of I-205 are below freezing as well. The West Hills are below freezing and Mt. Scott too. These areas will continue to have ice glazing thicken up as the ice storm continues the next few hours. After sunset it’s easier for ice to glaze objects too without the “daytime warming”.
We have been pegging 4pm as the general time we’d all go above freezing but (of course) the thaw is taking longer than anticipated and at this moment warming south wind hasn’t even reached Eugene yet. It’s going to be a few hours before we get above freezing eastside. Check out this nice map highlighting where the cold air was (as of 2pm)…it’s real clear where the ice storm is in progress. Thanks to Brian Schmit for sharing:
- Ice Storm continues for at least another 2-3 hours eastside
- Moderate to heavy rain means additional glazing = bad roads = more power outages and trees/limbs coming down
- West of the west hills and south of Portland temps should remain warm enough to keep ice off roads (that isn’t already on them)
- Central/eastern Gorge is seeing a big snowstorm, that continues through tonight. No significant thawing in the Gorge this week!
- Cooling air above means snow mixes in with rain showers late tonight and early Monday. Sticking snow falls down to 1,500′ at least. Any of us could see snow in the air during the AM commute. This is our typical wet snow shower pattern unrelated to the cold Gorge.
Monday AM Commute: All of the metro area should be above freezing with even the eastside slowly thawing out. But probably lots of school closures/delays in those areas that have a lot of ice.
Tuesday afternoon/night another storm moves across primarily southern Oregon. We will be on the far northern edge of that snow/rain. So we may or may not get some sort of snow Tuesday night. It’s possible we’re just mainly dry…stay tuned.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen