Ice Storm Near & In Gorge Tonight


At least the forecast ice thickness panned out, but just in a much smaller part of the metro area.  Check out how thick the ice is!


…An inch of freezing rain in just about 8 hours in Troutdale.  There could easily be 1/2″ additional before temps rise much more by sunrise.

Farther into the Gorge the ice storm continues through Wednesday, likely going slightly above freezing at the west end though.


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


35 Responses to Ice Storm Near & In Gorge Tonight

  1. Lee Wilson says:

    How about a trip down memory lane?
    Who here remembers 5 years ago?
    For the last 5 years I have shot video of our weather.
    And I would like to say the amoun of snow we got was less than the last time.
    So with out further delay
    I present Snow Storm in Castle Rock 2011.
    At least that is what face book had put the date as .

    Please take care and stay safe.

  2. JohnD says:

    38.3′ and climbing now in inner SWPDX–along with the aforementioned breezes.

    For fun I have been following Fairbanks lately.
    Currently -47′ still air temp.
    Hard to comprehend.
    Last night hit -51′ there.
    Coldest since 2012.
    Eventually some of that air will migrate “somewhere”.

    • boydo3 N Albany says:

      Long range Euro and GFS look to build a warm ridge over us after Tuesday. No cold for the foreseeable future but a good chance for a fog-version late next week in the valleys.

  3. W7ENK says:

    Okay, so no one ever said anything about 40mph wind gusts in PDX metro for this evening, but that’s what we’ve got now, all of a sudden. Went from dead calm to 30+, with one huge gust at least 40 quick on its heels…

    The trees are roaring, sounds like thunder over the roof!

    • Dave in SW PDX (235') says:

      Fir trees in my neighborhood are roaring, too. South wind gusts 30+. Rapid pressure rise underway after bottoming out at 29.28″ about an hour ago. Fropa?

    • W7ENK says:

      For a few minutes, wind was sustained 25-30, gusting to 40+ (est)

      Still gusting into the 30s at times, but nowhere near as crazy as it was a little bit ago. Several fir limbs flew into the neighbor’s driveway across the street, largest one probably 2″ in diameter. The drawback to having a self-pruning Dougie.

      There’s another one touching 30mph, just now!

    • W7ENK says:

      43 mph Salem
      45 mph McMinnville

  4. John says:

    In close in East Portland, still a good bit of sodden slush and compacted ice patches and ruts, but also plenty of exposed grass and bare wet roadway. Driving would be no problem, except that the 2WD cars with bald tires have come out of hiding.

  5. JohnD says:

    A few fun weather thoughts as I sit here and unwind this evening. We live off Corbet Ave. and Slavin in inner SWPDX. 34.5′ here right now, NEVER has warmed up here!

    Secondly: Today was our eighth day in a row with measurable snow on the ground. Add that to the 3 other accumulating earlier s ow events–one of which, at least, I am pretty sure stayed around for several days–and you total 13 or 14 days. That is a lot for Portland.

    Finally, I am a life long Western Oregonian. This is a really great, fun winter. Given the “overall” persistent pattern, I would be VERY surprised if we do not have another event or two in store.

  6. Jack in Corbett says:

    Just an afternoon update from the gorge. While our temperatures have risen about a half of degree per hour this afternoon we are currently at 35.6*. Very little rain and little melting. Road surfaces still covered with a combination of old and new ice. Ever verttical surfaces still coated. Very slow warm up. Wind meter starting to operate again but still seeing wind in the teens.

    Please send some warm air this way. Today is our 12th day of being iced in.

    Stay safe

  7. JJ78259 says:

    Nice looking bunch of Rain coming thru pretty yellow.

  8. boninepaul says:

    I know this is a pro snow board. But I am so sick of my plants being crushed and frozen. I’m giddy at temperatures in the 50’s.

  9. 1.22″ rain overnight. Storm total 2.59″. Still raining.

    • Roland Derksen says:

      We have a little less than you here(about 2.25 inches presently) but the rain has been coming and going, so I don’t know how much we’ll end up with. 48F under overcast skies, but if it clears somewhat we’ll go over 50F for the first time since November.

  10. gggcorno says:

    My yard has plants! I’d forgotten about that…

  11. Lee Wilson says:

    Just checking in, we have high winds and lots of pounding.
    Water has no where to go.

    We are have a heat wave at 48 lol.
    Wind gusts are 13 mph.
    Pressures at 29.24 InHg.

  12. JJ78259 says:

    2016 was the Hottest Year on Record for the Planet wow you would have thought the afterglow of that statement would have kept Portland warmer heading into 2017 guess not🤠

    • Windsday says:

      We were stealing the world’s cold air for a bit. Just cause it’s cold here doesn’t mean it isn’t cold there.

      The real question shouldn’t be if global warming is real but how we can adapt without screwing the economy worse as the current band aid solutions will only put the money in the hands of a few while telling us “It’s fixed”

    • Windsday says:

      I mean is. Just because it’s cold here doesn’t mean it’s cold in lots of other places.

  13. Jack in Corbett says:

    This morning we have finally got above freezing here in the gorge and currently it’s a “warm” 33*. Have around 1 inch of new ice accumulation on top of the remaining old ice from the last storm. Ice cicles hanging from the roof up to a foot in length. Wind less this morning but wind meter totally coated and frozen. And any vertical surface exposed to east wind is coated with ice.

    Please send some of your west Portland high air our way. Going to take some time for us to thaw.

    This is the 12th straight day we’ve been iced in here in the gorge!

    Stay warm and safe

  14. Andrew says:

    Any model indications of rebuilding arctic air or are we officially out of that prolonged pattern?

    • marinersfan85 says:

      We haven’t really had any arctic air this winter. Which makes this one even more impressive. But it looks pretty inversiony into next week.

  15. Paul D says:

    50 in Hillsboro. It’s a heat wave!!

  16. Lee Wilson says:

    Our front roa has compacted ice chunks, but drivable. What was snow is slush.

  17. Garron 1/3 of a mile from Hillsboro Airport says:

    Weird night/morning out there! I awoke to the sounds of snow falling off the roof onto the deck. Very strange sound!

  18. Jonathan Scott says:

    It’s raining at my house, and the wind is not as intense. If this keeps up, the ice should be gone by morning.

    Lower Corbett

  19. Lee Wilson says:

    We are at 40.
    Our front yard has become a pond in a low area.

  20. I see where the TTD airport is at 34

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