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: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/warnings.php?wfo=pqr
But I’ll be blogging about that later today.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen