Snow Showers This Evening


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


58 Responses to Snow Showers This Evening

  1. Karen Miller says:

    14.5 inches in SW PDX off Cameron.

  2. Josh "The Snowman" from Gladstone, OR says:

    Good old fashioned Portland area snowstorm right now. Love the clouds back building. The response to the low and it’s NW quadrant. This is like old times. Like a picture I saw of me when I was 4. We deserve this.

  3. Theoneandonly says:

    Anyone have a good explanation why Salem and pdx are getting snow but not in Molalla? Pouring rain and 36 still. Forecast says 1 inch of snow:(

  4. Lurkyloo says:

    Another snow day for the kids tomorrow, I assume. My children have been in PPS since ’01 and we’ve never had this many snow/weather days. Epic.

    Annnnd still snowing at a good clip … we have 2 inches at least (so far). 1 blk S. of Rose City Golf Course.

    Go on with your bad self, 2017 Winter!

  5. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    What’s up with the snow line being eroded to the south and east?

  6. Janet says:

    Hi I don’t know where you are getting your info about salem. But i am in south salem near Liberty rd and Kuebler and have been having heavy snow off and on since about 7:00. Huge flakes and about 3/8-1/2 of an inch accumulation. It is 8:35 pm.

  7. Erin Lee says:

    We already have at least an inch now
    600′ Mt. Park

  8. Kmmom3 says:

    Snowing like crazy in the ‘couve! Streets covered here north of Hazel Dell, South of Salmon Creek

  9. Dave in Sherwood says:

    Heavy snow and 32.1 in Aloha! Nice.

  10. Pat -n- GardenHome says:

    31 degrees, accumulating snow
    .. East winds…..

  11. Ash Qelon says:

    Snowageddon 2017, starring Mall 205 area.

  12. Max in Fairview says:

    Everything is covered with snow. Coming down nicely@

  13. WX Ninja says:

    Snowing hard with a dusting on the ground in Camas.

  14. JLPDX says:

    32.30F, good dusting dusting and snow is falling steady , 291 ft elevation, near mount hood community college Troutdale , wind 17MPHgusting to 32MPH

  15. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    Man, it is snowing sideways out there. Dusting on everything.


    • JERAT416 says:

      Even areas very cold in Eastern Oregon are barely below freezing. Where is this cold air at? Even when the east wind blows hard, the “freezer door” is not even set that cold.

  16. The snowstorm has begun here in the Fairview and Blue Lake area. Just started a few minutes ago and we’ve already got a solid dusting everywhere and it doesn’t look like it’s calming down at the moment. The wind is howling like crazy though. As soon as I opened my door, snow started coming in the house. Looks like there’s a good shot my classes get cancelled tomorrow…

  17. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    36.5 still here. Moderately snowing.

  18. geo says:

    Turning all white here in sw gresham@300ft. snowing moderately!

  19. Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

    Mark, I’m wondering why you think the east side and Clark County end up with light accumulation without low dew points. The air is saturated where I’m at. The air coming through the gorge is dry but it won’t get nearly as dry as last weekend.

  20. Andrew says:

    Moderate accumulating snow here in Beaverton!!! Near Murray and 26

  21. Hal in Aims says:

    -zr with a flake now and then……32 degrees………..

  22. Robert Fazekas says:

    Thank you Mark for your dedication to your craft. Of all the area meteorologists I find you are the best! As an outside worker, you’re my guy! Thank you much!

  23. W7ENK says:

    Holy crap, the wind just became REALLY strong in upper Milwaukie!! Estimate that last gust a minute or two ago up close to 40mph, seemed to come out of nowhere. Heard a loud boom, sounded like a tree came down nearby. Headed out to investigate…

    • W7ENK says:

      Gone from light rain to sleet to sleet/snow mix, back to heavy sleet, now light rain again. Street is silver. Gonna be a mess in the morning.

      But that wind is relentless! Several large fir boughs down around the neighborhood, largest right around the corner from me, partially blocking the street in front of my neighbor’s house. I’m guessing that was the loud noise I heard.

      Photos forthcoming soon…

  24. 36f and and bones in the rain here in central Salem. That’s what grandma called the first hint of snow in the rain.

  25. marinersfan85 says:

    Snowing in Newberg.

  26. Jake-(Gresham) says:

    East wind is around Nadaka Park and Gresham DMV is now around 15 ~ 20mph with gusts to 25mph. Old man Winter’s got your back here ladies and gentlemen.

    Going to get interesting from here on out IMO.

  27. Sapo says:

    Heavy shower headed for Portland metro. Could be sufficiently heavy rates to produce a dusting or half inch in the hills, maybe down to the lowest elevations.

    Sleet/snow sticking on the deck in Tigard at the moment

  28. boydo3 N Albany says:

    36 deg and rain mixed with….?

  29. Dave in South Salem (500') says:

    We’ve had enough snow this year. If Portland wants to take the brunt of this storm that’s fine with me.

  30. W7ENK says:

    Sleet? I’ve got sleet. YTF is there sleet?!?
    No one said anything about sleet!!

    • PDX-Hawks says:

      Sleet? Ha! We’re probably in that odd transitional phase, lots of changes before the main event. Very similar to puberty.

    • Sapo says:

      Yeah sleet mixed with snow in Tigard. Upper air temps just cooling down , will be sufficiently cold for all snow any time now

  31. Lurkyloo says:

    No more flurries at the moment, but the old East Wind is trying to have itself another party, I think.

  32. W7ENK says:

    Just started snowing in Downtown!! 😵😱😁

  33. Alohabb says:

    Oops. Sylvan has heavy snow , roads are white and traffic is not moving!!

  34. Robert says:

    Mark, can you define what you mean by “east side”? East of the Willamette? East of 205? 181st? I live in inner SE and sometimes it’s hard to discern where your boundaries are in your written forecasts. Thanks!

    • Jake-(Gresham) says:

      Robert, Mark when referring to the, “East side” is usually mentioning counties East of I-205.

  35. Jeff garden home 250 says:

    I appreciate these updates. I am trying to decide whether to cancel a meeting tonight. So this is really helpful.

  36. Sean Cardenas says:

    Snow falling in down town Tigard as of 3:40pm.

  37. Downtown-RW says:

    Does this mean the 1″ to 4″ is no longer likely for tonight? Seems like something changed.

  38. Lee Wilson says:

    We have a winter weather advisory? At 41°F?
    Well strange forecast deserves strange video.
    Ice Bucket:

  39. W7ENK says:

    Man Mark, you’re either really excited or really bored today…

    So many posts! 😆

    • Lurkyloo says:

      Erik, it’s his job to post. He knows we’re all waiting to see what he thinks about the situation …

    • Sapo says:

      Actually I think he just does the blog for fun/to give people a more detailed description of what’s going on. I don’t think it’s required for his job, but yeah I’m loving all the posts!!

    • Lurkyloo says:

      But, it’s the “Fox12 Weather Blog,” not the “Mark Nelsen Weather Blog.” Either way, I’m happy he does it!

    • PDXGSXR says:

      Fox has cottoned on and started linking directly to the blog in a lot of their news reports, so it’s more than just fun for him, there’s a lot of value in it.

    • JJ78259 says:

      The Dome is in Control!

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