Surprise Snow For Some This Morning


The snowy system moving through Southern Oregon today spun moisture much farther north than expected, right over the Portland metro area this morning!  Luckily with the cloud cover just about all of us were above freezing the past few hours, but lots of us in the east metro area are seeing snow in the air.  Temperatures are staying cool because a chilly east wind returned through the Gorge overnight.


It appears the band is beginning to fall apart a bit, although the HRRR says some light precip will continue the rest of the day.


I have almost 2″ here at 1,000′ in the Corbett area.  So much for that morning run…bust!

At this point with the easterly flow diminishing the rest of the day (not much new cold air coming west), the chance of widespread sticking snow for 90% of the metro area is quite small.  But those hills in the east metro could see sticking snow off/on the rest of the day!

The National Weather Service hasn’t issued any warnings/watches for the ice & snow storm coming in the Gorge tonight & tomorrow.  It turns out they HAVE issued watches/warnings but they aren’t showing up on the main page that collects all the warnings here:

But I’ll be blogging about that later today.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


30 Responses to Surprise Snow For Some This Morning

  1. Alohabb says:

    This winter is reminding me why im putting every extra penny away to move to Oahu in a couple years.

  2. JJ78259 says:

    Wow 2 more inches of Rain in Portland 5 inches at Grand Ronde. Sounds like mudslides and floods

  3. Anonymous says:

    We had snow from 9-11am in Aumsville so sticking though

  4. runrain says:

    More ice coming to the Gorge. Which brings up something I’ve always wondered about. What do the folks who work at Bonneville Dam do when they lose power? Can’t they just plug into one of those big turbines for what juice they need – ha! Otherwise, it’s like being lost in the ocean. Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

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

    I don’t have that kind of cash. I’m not a big bad chief meteorologist.

  6. High Desert Mat says:

    Snowed another 5″ here since 3 am. Temp at freezing now. I think we’re done for this winter. Maybe. 53″ now for the year here. 20″ is average

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

    Pretty obvious we need to just use the GOLU model the rest of this winter. When Mark is busting like an over-inflated balloon you know something is off. Or maybe master Mark is losing his touch? Perhaps an early retirement is in order for Mr. Nelsen. I’ll start scoping out retirement centers in Florida for ya big guy!!

  8. Paul D says:

    I’m feeling left out

  9. Wendy-Silverlake, WA says:

    It’s snowing again. Please somebody make this stop. Buy the groundhog a warm coat and tell him to change his forecast please!!!

  10. WEATHERDAN says:

    I am so sick of this Winter. The snow, zr, floods, wind. This is now the worst Winter I have ever experienced here in Oregon. Winter may not be done yet but I would love to stick a knife in it. Peace.

    • WX NINJA says:

      Should have been here in 96.

    • JJ78259 says:

      Dan just getting ready to hit the pool mid eighties in San Antonio. Sometimes I would have wait till June for the weather in Milwaukie!

    • Registered Nerd says:

      In previous posts you said you were glad winter was winter this year… Why the change of heart? I agree with your last posts… I like a cold winter and warm summer! Don’t get the two confused. .

    • JJ78259 says:

      This could be a trend next year could worse you never know?

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      I do like Winter to a point. But this is now getting to be way too much for me. Bring on Spring. I enjoyed the snow and cold but would have had no problem with Winter ending on January 31st which is my birthday. Peace

    • W7ENK says:

      Dan, you’ve had what, like maybe a total of 4 inches spread across only 2 or 3 events down there in Salem this Winter? And you’re sick of it… Jeez!!

      I’ve had a total of 16 inches so far — keep it comin’, bring me more!!

  11. Shawn Weagle - Garden Home/SW Portland says:

    We absolutely put out watches for the Gorge on the night shift. For up to 2 inches of ice. Did something not go through the system? Genuinely concerned…

  12. W7ENK says:


    I love it!

    Forecast: Snow, heavy at times.
    Reality: Rain, heavy.

    Forecast: Light rain showers.
    Reality: Snow.


  13. Jeremiah Crowell says:

    This was not a surprise Mark. The NWS talked about the chance for this in their AFD a couple days ago. It was also being shown on some of the forecast models at different points in the last 48 hours. Some of them didn’t think the precip would make it this far north, while others did.

    Also, you mentioned you’ve had 2 forecast bust for the metro area out of the 7 events. However, I count 2 SNOW forecast bust, and 2 Ice storm forecast bust. So a total of 4, and all of them were more than 2/3 of the forecast area bust, so you can’t call them partial bust. The last snow event (last Sunday) you didn’t even call amounts until 24 hours or less, and you still busted. We are all human, and the weather will do what it wants. I just want to point out the facts. You did amazing on the first two snow events.

    • Jeremiah Crowell says:

      I will also add this is the most I have seen you bust on winter event forecast in a winter since I’ve followed you (2003). So you have an amazing track record in terms of being accurate. This has been a tough year for all new weather forecasters and the NWS/Private forecasters too.

    • Jeremiah Crowell says:

      For all News* weather forecasters.

  14. Andrew says:

    Does this surprise turn of events portend anything for tomorrow when stronger moisture arrives?

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