Luckily temps across almost the entire metro area will be above freezing for the next few hours! That’s because precipitation has shown up earlier than expected. There was a heavy band of snow that passed right over the West Hills around 2pm and that could happen again between now and the end of the commute at 7pm. Except temperatures will be cooling = more “stickage”.
READ THE PREVIOUS FORECAST POST if you haven’t already…all those points are still valid. A couple of additions:
- East wind and cooler air is spreading across the metro area. It’s now below freezing through the western Gorge and down to freezing at the very top of the West Hills. Temps will gradually drop the next few hours. Roads will still be fine for almost all of us during the commute.
- In the West Hills and any other hill near 1,000′ there could be light snow accumulation at any time as temps drop. If you live in these areas and don’t like driving on any sort of snow or ice, probably time to head home soon.
- Side roads will turn icy soon after dark (5pm) in those higher locations, then other roads start to turn icy later this evening as we continue to cool
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen