Cold Spell & Freezing Rain Threat Is Over

10am Wednesday

As expected there were no new areas of icing on metro roads this morning.

Icy roads in the hills and mainly east of I-205 of course stayed put and a new layer of ice showed up from showers/drizzle, but that was in the forecast too.  Temperatures have now risen to or above freezing just about everywhere in the metro area and will continue rising through the day (slowly).

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More important, all road pavement temperatures except right at Troutdale are above freezing too.

The Portland stats for our Christmas snow/ice episode:

Official Snow (measured at Portland NWS in Parkrose)  

  • 1.0″ – December 24th

Official Ice (freezing rain measured at PDX Airport by automated sensor)

  • .31″ – December 24/25th
  • .08″– December 26/27th


The easterly wind through the Gorge has died down to a slight breeze so we’re done with the “resupply” of cold air.

The ECMWF has hinted for a few runs that we get a southerly breeze coming up the Willamette Valley today.  Now the WRF-GFS and MM5-NAM show the same thing.  In fact the ECMWF has us jumping into the 40s this afternoon; warmer than our forecast.  I’m guessing this will probably happen except right along the Columbia River.

Enjoy the milder weather today; tomorrow late afternoon/evening we should see temperatures jump to around 50 or so on a stronger southerly breeze.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

30 Responses to Cold Spell & Freezing Rain Threat Is Over

  1. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I’m going to put the fork in the weather now. Unless we get a High pressure over the East coast anytime soon we won’t get a major artic outbreak. All the goods will go there and we won’t get anything. The weather pattern needs to change big time. .

    • JohnD says:

      Yep. High pressure ridges right along the West Coast tough nuts to crack. Sometimes lasting all winter. ‘Keep hoping for a retrograde like the hint at Christmas. ‘Not holding my breath though. Who would have thought?! I don’t recall anything like this at the winter conference this year. Frustrating–especially conversely amid the huge “equal and opposite” drama currently back East. ‘Not quit ready to toss in the towel yet though. Still too early.

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I know what you mean. I keep hoping the High will either move to the West or the East coast will start having a ridge on their side but because the High is over here, they keep getting the goods all the time. It’s frustrating 😦

  2. Jason Hougak says:

    Saw your futuristic car post Mark on Facebook but I don’t have face book. I would rather be in control of my vehicle than technology. What would happen when everyone has the self driving car and a massive glitch happens or an EMP while your going down the freeway. Our society is getting too advanced in technology. Soon technology will control us.

    • JERAT416 says:

      Or someone could have a car. How about if you’re on a road next to a canyon and someone is riding their bicycle and pulls in front of you? Who knows if the car will be programmed to save your life and hit the bicyclist or save their life and just drive you off the cliff? I can’t imagine a situation I would want a self driving car unless I had a manual override. Plus I buy all my cars used and with cash. I’ll probably be able to buy a 2017 car in 2030. So unless the cars with all this technology lasts that long, it’s unlikely I’ll ever buy one. Anyhow, how about talking weather? Finally feels balmy out there!

    • Gene says:

      If technology could all but eliminate traffic accidents and deaths/injuries — which it would — I’m all for it. Plus, imagine under this technology never having to lose your ability to “drive,” even if you reach your 90s and under current rules would be required to give up your license.

  3. Jason Hougak says:

    Weather pattern looks like it’s going to get boring again here in the PNW. 😴💤

  4. Jason Hougak says:

    I’d love to move to Montana, they are getting blasted by the moist pacific flow and cold arctic air.

  5. Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

    Unbelievably still in the upper 30’s here in SW Washington at 3pm. Snowman still standing!

  6. WEATHERDAN says:

    While I am not ready to get my fork out of the drawer just yet I am close. So far Winter has been a total bust. No Arctic air so far and none in sight through mid January. A very low snpwpack And the RRR right off the coast. Starting to look a lot like 2014 and 2015 to me.I sure hope I am wrong because I do want some more snow this Winter. But I am slowly walking to the drawer. Peace.

    • Andy says:

      I agree,the storm track has been more north and the cold air. Alaska has been on the warm side also. We need higher pressure on the east coast to Change the pattern. I have some hope mid to late January. Otherwise it may be a disappointed for some.

  7. Nahtalkin says:

    Tuned into the noontime news….no real reporting other than Brian’s weather report…….but some very nice story telling by the anchor lady and remote storyteller’s!

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    36F with steady light rain here today. I don’t know if all the ice and snow is going to disappear, as we’re forecasted to see clearing skies and colder temperatures this weekend. It’ll be intresting to see how January starts off this new year.

  9. Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

    Up to 37 degrees!! Finally starting to see that snow and ice disappear.

  10. Nehalem Neil says:

    woke up to 48 Degrees, 3 mph SW wind, no rain yet. Need to work on new boat outdoors and hope the 40-45 mph predicted winds don’t show. Convince them to stay away!! Happy New Year

  11. JohnD says:

    Going to be getting really cold in Alaska soon–including places like Juneau in the panhandle. If our next ridge would only edge a bit west!

  12. High Desert Mat says:

    Great forecasting btw Mark, you beat everyone in town and will probably hold that crown til u retire. Anyways, I’m a little puzzled as to why you didn’t do a snow totals thread as some places actually received snow more than an inch?

  13. Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

    Today was the 4th consecutive day with a high temperature 35 or below. Made it to 35° day and has since dropped to 34°. Misty all day.

    • JohnD says:

      Yep same here in inner SWPDX. A decent little winter snap by all accounts. I know we have enjoyed it. So a hopefully brief warmup is imminent. After that wish casting can reintensify! Lots of winter left!

    • Marc (Brush Prairie, WA) says:

      Forgot to add that I’ve had 0.50″ of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Much juicier of a system than I had thought it would be. More precip than the one over Christmas Eve.

  14. WEATHERDAN says:

    Wouldn’i be too surprised to see some more cold and snow within 10 days. A couple of warmer wetter days ahead then cooler and drier going into the weekend. Seems to be the way our Winter is going. Peace

    • 10 days seems a little soon to me, but I’ll note that Environment Canada is forecasting for Vancouver to revert to cold, dry conditions around New Years Day. NWS Seattle is predicting cloudy, showery, and mild. I really can’t see how both those forecasts can be right (even if there’s Fraser outflow that never makes it to Seattle, if we’re showery then I’d expect YVR to get clouds and flurries, not clear dry WX.

      And conditions that cause Fraser outflow also very often cause Columbia Gorge outflow.

  15. Roland Derksen says:

    Temperatures are above freezing here as well (34F). Some light snow falling, but I don’t think it will accumulate.

  16. JERAT416 says:

    Good riddance ice!

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