Two Nice Days Ahead, Then Wet

11pm Sunday…

A very slow weather night and mainly slow week ahead as we creep through the final stretch of winter west of the Cascades.

High pressure has settled overhead, giving us another dry day.  East wind has that “end of winter” feel too, not nearly as strong as what we have seen in December and January.   Even the temperature chart shows the last 4 days of 50+ weather are the longest stretch since around Thanksgiving…winter is losing it’s bite!

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Tomorrow’s high temps will be around 50 in the metro area under mostly sunny skies, same thing for Valentine’s Day too.

The rain is definitely coming back though, that’ll be Wednesday night and Thursday as a southwesterly flow sits over us for about 36 hours.  This won’t be a flooding event like the last one, I expect less than 2″ in the lowlands during that time.  You can see the precipitation forecast numbers from both the GFS & ECMWF are similar:

One final note; a hiker turned up missing this afternoon while hiking just west of Multnomah Falls.  Almost all those trails are still in “winter mode” which means tons of snow/ice/downed trees across them and most are shaded from the sun until those higher sun angles of March.  Remember that out in the Gorge it has been cooler with the last ice storm occurring less than a week ago!  This is the one year every generation where you shouldn’t be hiking in the Gorge until we get a widespread melt in March.  It’s not a good idea to attempt hiking through the snowiest/iciest conditions we’ve seen in the Gorge in 30+ years.  Give it time to melt…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

 

15 Responses to Two Nice Days Ahead, Then Wet

  1. Windsday says:

    Day or morning 3 of hard ground frost so far this month. More then the last few years.

  2. Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

    Middle 60’s today in Brush Prairie!

  3. …a few elk enjoying a beautiful day in the Grande Ronde valley 🙂 https://youtu.be/71IzTTCZEaY

  4. JohnD says:

    This year–above all others in recent times–I am not “calling” it until Sat. March 4! Just my thing. After that, looking forward to summarizing stats and emotions, it has been a fun winter for sure!

  5. oldwxwatcher says:

    Mr. Fork is thinking that his call for his 2017 appearance won’t be long now.

  6. High Desert Mat says:

    I’m ready for fall and the Seahawks games to start.

  7. CorbettTez says:

    MUCH stronger winds out here than was predicted. Peak gust at the school today has been 69mph with power outages. How long is this stretch going to last?

  8. Paul D says:

    More winter!!!

  9. JERAT416 says:

    I hope we all get to enjoy this first stretch of false spring, before we officially get the fork out.

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