It appears the final numbers are in now since we’ve only seen flurries since 10am or so.
The big question…
How does this storm compare to previous snow storms in Portland???
It was the biggest snowstorm since December 2008, just over 8 years
The official total at the Portland National Weather Service office in Parkrose was
Here are lots of other totals from around the metro area:
Most interesting about last night’s storm was the convective nature of the precipitation. Very heavy bands of rain/snow moved north right along I-5 from 7-11pm. So the big dumping was straight south to north from Lake Oswego through the middle of the city (that’s rare!) north through Vancouver and Hazel Dell.
West of Hwy 217 and east of I-205 it was more of a “typical” Portland snow storm. By that I mean 4-8″ for most of us away from that big dumping in the middle of the metro area.
Here’s a look at the past few storms…these numbers are the official numbers from the NWS Office:
So what happens now? We have thick snow cover, clearing skies Thursday, and a cool/dry airmass overhead. That means cold nights and cool, but sunnier days. It’s pretty obvious that we have the potential for single digits in the coldest outlying areas Friday and Saturday mornings, assuming skies remain clear. We will likely not get down below 10 degrees here in the city.
To summarize…the snow on the ground isn’t going to suddenly melt, it will compress the next few days and gradually melt off roads. Another snow day for the kids tomorrow, and possibly Friday too!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen