Ice Storm in Gorge, But 60 in Valley!

11pm Wednesday…

Quite a contrast across the region as cold air is slowly receding at the lowest elevations from the Portland area through the Gorge and into Eastern Washington.  Meanwhile warm air has moved in aloft with 40s at the ski resorts.   At the same time southerly wind is pushing 60 degree air up through western Oregon.


Strong wind will continue along the coast, but those gusts in the 60-65 mph range won’t cause much damage, that’s normal out there in winter.  Heavy rain is falling through the Coast Range too and as the cold front moves through the metro area at sunrise we’ll see some real downpours here too.

So hang on, by midday tomorrow the heavy rain will be finished and temperatures will ever so slowly rise above freezing in the Gorge.

Until that time I expect another 1-1.50″ rain west of the Cascades and a solid 1-1.50″ ice in the Gorge.  This is another big ice storm out there and hopefully the last of the season!

By the way, with temperatures pushing 60 tomorrow as the south wind arrives in Portland, that’ll make it the warmest day since November!  Enjoy…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

46 Responses to Ice Storm in Gorge, But 60 in Valley!

  1. I’m visiting my parents near Albuquerque, New Mexico and yesterday and the day before were super-warm (70s) and sunny. That’s record-breaking heat. Albuquerque is not Phoenix; it’s 5000 feet in elevation and is often chilly in the winter.

    But that’s changing. Today has been cloudy and blustery. Tomorrow should be a full thirty degrees colder than yesterday. There may even be a dusting of snow on the ground next morning. If that happens, hopefully enough for me to get a good picture or two of a snow-dusted cholla.

  2. Roland Derksen says:

    Not anywhere close to 60F here yet- I had freezing temperatures overnight with ice around the melted snow (still quite a lot of snow lying around). Some sun today with temperature around 45F.

  3. WEATHERDAN says:

    Sunshine and a dry basement. I am happy today. I enjoyed the snow this Winter but enough is enough. On the 16 day meteogram it looks much drier after next Thursday. But no warm weather in sight either.Mainly 45-55 the next couple of weeks. This Winter is behaving much like 68-69. In that year real warmth came after March 15th. So I think we have a ways to go. But I think we are done with the valley floor snow and ice. Spring training starts on Tuesday. Happy Valentines Day. Peace.

    • JJ78259 says:

      84 today and beautiful today! Glad your basement is dry! We get our 2 inches of rain Tuesday with frigid 55 degrees temperatures! Good thunderstorm action!

    • JJ78259 says:

      Just a beautiful evening tonight hanging outside with friends still 74 degrees out at 9:30 pm your right Dan a little warmth goes along ways! I love not waiting for it anymore!

    • Sifton says:

      Imho if not waiting means going to that backwards thinking S-hole of a state, soooo be it!

      (Do your ‘new friends’ know about your Obsession with this gentleman 2000+ miles away I’ve wondered??)

    • JJ78259 says:

      I take it you don’t care for YOUR new President. That alone warms me up.

    • Anonymous says:

      LMAO! Yeah, Okay…..??
      Keep S.A. weird!!

    • Sifton says:

      LMAO! Yeah, Okay……??
      Keep S.A. weird!!

  4. pappoose in scappoose says:

    …48 Hour Rainfall Reports…Feb 8-9 (ending 5pm Feb 9)…

  5. pappoose in scappoose says:

    “Quite frankly, temperatures changes is the least of Miami’s global warming problems–rising sea level will probably flood the place.”

  6. JohnD says:

    Amused tonight with the national focus on the snowstorm in the NE. I get it about the population differential there vs. here etc.–and my wife is from Massachusetts. But the media bias is unmistakable. Our 14″ event a few weeks ago scarcely got noticed, by comparison to theirs.

  7. JJ78259 says:

    Sounds like a typical few days in May although last year in April we had six inches in one morning! Kept the pool full!

  8. WEATHERDAN says:

    6.77 inches of rain in the last week = a flooded basement. However we did hit 60 today for the first time since November. Peace.

  9. W7ENK says:

    Decent little thunderstorm rolled through Downtown Portland earlier, lots of really heavy rain with it. The sky almost looks like it’s ramping up to do it again… :-/

  10. Hal in Aims says:

    when that thin red line went thru here…it took the power out with it…….now on back-up gen……..

  11. Marques says:

    Currently 57 @ 215 in the afternoon here in Maywood Park!!!!.. awwwww yeaaah, turnin’ that corner .. thank gawd!.. I’ve had enough winter for 20 life times…….smh.. Let’s GO Springtime!

  12. JERAT416 says:

    1:05 PM in Parkrose, lightning and thunder 3 seconds later , south of us. Confirmation anyone?

  13. Aleta-West Gresham says:

    And meanwhile here Gresham sits at right around 40*. It was 55* at Sunnyside and 122nd an hour ago!

  14. Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

    For those curious if an ice storm isolated in the gorge can effect the power grid in PDX? I have an answer for you (for East county at least). And the answer is, yes.

    Last night the power went out for 5 minutes. I thought it was crew working on the grid. Wrong. The crash was so bad that my battery powered power strip didn’t even catch the failure. So it didn’t engage the battery and give me time to shutdown my PC safely (buy something better than this!):

    I thought the coast was all clear and turned my PC back on after the power came on for 10 minutes.

    Welp, then it crashed for another 5 minutes. Then came on for 10 minutes. Then crashed for 5 minutes. Then came on for 10 minutes. Then crashed for 5 minutes. Then came on for 10 minutes and then crashed for 30 minutes.

    Honestly, I lost count in the panic lol! Case learned from all this? Buy a quality power strip with battery backup to protect your most expensive electronics that run a lot.

    I’m probably going to go with this now:

    That is if I can fixed the damaged components. Moral of the story. If the power goes out?

    Keep your expensive electronics shutdown till you’re sure confident the power stays on! I just burnt a $300 dollar hole in my wallet (skimping out on the power strip battery back up is not worth it!).

    I’d rather not describe the noise my power strips were making. It was baaaddddd.

    • Roger says:

      Sorry but you are wrong about power issues in the Gorge affecting your power in Gresham… Different system and isolations

    • Windsday says:

      If your roof is designed for it get a portable solar generator too!

    • W7ENK says:

      Two things:

      1) Your power in Gresham (as is the entire North Willamette Valley) is supplied by the Clackamas River hydro generating facilities and the handful of Natural Gas plants in PGE’s network, with some wind (when the wind is blowing) and a little bit of coal. Virtually all of the power being generated at the hydro facilities on the Columbia River is sent down to California. An ice storm in the Gorge will not affect your power in Gresham, pretty much guaranteed.

      2) Most surge strips and power supplies come with a manufacturer’s warranty of up to $25,000, intended to cover damage to your equipment resulting from a failure of their product. If your electronics were indeed damaged or “burnt,” contact the manufacturer of your power strip/UPS and file a warranty claim. I’ll warn you though, expect any claim to be flatly denied unless you can pony up for a lawyer to file on your behalf.

    • Jake-(Gresham near Nadaka Nature Park) says:

      Hey guys thanks for the great comments!

      Yeah I posted out of anger lol! My brother who’s in electrical engineering school was like, “our power doesn’t come from the gorge stupid.” Actually, he didn’t even tell me. He just let me suffer and gave me the look off goes the mad scientist hahaha! It was my sister that told me what actually happened. A streetlight outside shot sparks and went wacko on our street. I’m guessing the wind took it out.

      On a positive note. The power surges didn’t damage components on my PC. It just corrupted this piece of software from all the hard shutdowns:

      Which in turn was causing graphic artifacting and stuttering at boot. Uninstalled it and reinstalled it. All is well. 😛

  15. Paul D says:

    I thought it was raining a lot yesterday. Today is a DELUGE and wind!

  16. Lee Wilson says:

    52°F here in Longview/Kelso area, not sure home .uch we can take of this rain.

    We lucked out with the COWLITZ being at 6 feet before the rain, other wise I am sure we would have had it over flowing…but it is getting g very close to tut gave right now.

    Com8ng home after dropping our son off, we had one area where the water was coming off the hill side and on to the road.
    I for see a slide occurring soon.

  17. Carrie Anderson says:

    We had one heck of a wind storm west of Dallas last night. Ripped doors of my barn and trees are down. Didn’t see that one coming!

  18. W7ENK says:

    0.68″ of rain over night and 56 degrees when I got up!

    1.18″ yesterday.

  19. runrain says:

    56 deg in Happy Valley this morning. Wow, that feels good!

  20. Diana F says:

    The warmth will feel good. I was feeling quite popsicle-like today. A biting breeze and almost ice-cold rain ☔️ was no fun!

  21. Christiana says:

    First. Thanks for the updated. Guess I can hold off building the ark for now. 🙂

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