As expected a mild southerly wind is blowing west of the Cascades this morning and has lifted the snow level up above 1,000′, actually closer to 1,500′. Here’s a good picture from home this morning at 8:45am.
Bottom of pic in the canyon is about 900′ elevation, top of the trees in the distance is around 1,400′. So the sticking snow elevation (the SNOW LEVEL) is up above 1,000′ in this location:
Always remember SOUTH WIND = NO SNOW in the lowest elevations of the Portland Metro Area. Okay, one time out of 10 we’ll get a dusting in this pattern. Or with a really cold airmass coming onshore a couple of inches can fall in the hills in this pattern, but it’s very rare. You either want calm conditions or of course the favored snow pattern with cold air already in place (calm) or pouring in out of the Gorge.
Enjoy your Sunday! The steady rain/snow is about to change to showers and sunbreaks, it should be a much brighter afternoon.
I’ll be back at work this evening and see you on-air at 10pm.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen