Snow Ends, Cold Night Ahead


Did we say ZERO to 1/2″ in the lowest elevations?  Well it ended up as ZERO to 3″ in the lowest elevations of the metro area and Willamette Valley.  Quite a wide variety of snow totals…here’s the final snow map, I’ll add in a few numbers tomorrow.

Snow Totals Metro Area

That disturbance really dumped the heavier stuff on the eastside and then up into Clark County.  West and south metro were left out again.  Salem had nothing, except in the hills.  So in reality most of the western valleys of Oregon had very little.

So officially at the NWS office we now have two measurable snowfalls this season (Christmas Eve and Presidents Day “Eve”), plus one Trace (Valentine’s Day).  Nice holiday lineup.  What’s coming on St. Patrick’s Day?

Enjoy the bright sunshine tomorrow and drive carefully the next 10 hours as roads freeze up.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

31 Responses to Snow Ends, Cold Night Ahead

  1. Hey it’s La Niña….maybe this is the year we see a few flakes coming down on the night of March 17.

    Even if it doesn’t amount to more than a trace, it would still be fun.

  2. Garrison - Aumsville says:

    🚨WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY🚨 issued for the storm from 4pm Tuesday to 6am Wednesday!!!

  3. Ken in Wood Village says:

    The NAM isn’t finished yet but he has upped the snow totals for Tuesday into Wednesday now….looking good 🙂

    • Diana F. says:

      So the temps are going to go where they need to? I just posted a reply below about the temp issue….seems a bit high, hope I’m just completely wrong on this thought! Thanks for the update! Link?

  4. cgavic says:

    In Sandy….can someone with meteorological education explain why there is an eight degree difference between Sandy and Shorty’s corner? Sandy’s 1,000 feet, Shorty’s (firwood road on oregon trip check) is just under 200 feet higher. It’s 36 in Sandy and 27 at Firwood road. The only thing I can think of is that it’s the start of the Mt. Hood corridor, which blocks a lot of the sun due to the higher foothills on each side of the actual corridor.

  5. Tanis Leach says:

    Semi icy run in the morning with a half of an inch of snow on the ground.

  6. Dean Suhr says:

    Leprechauns don’t do well with snow …. 😉

  7. Anonymous says:

    Charlie atop mt scott has had 3.0 inches as of 10a.m. Monday.

  8. cgavic says:

    In sandy, at our location in the middle of sandy in a little valley we ended up with 8.5 inches

  9. Sandy gal says:

    Wow, a lot more snow fell out here in Sandy last night. It must be about seven or eight inches. Its wetter. Its really beautiful out. Lots of wreaks out this way.

  10. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I see everyone is talking about they didn’t get really cold last night. I believe the reason why Is Mark was expecting the skies to clear last night. Since we had clouds all night, the lows didn’t fall all that much. I think tonight will be different since the clouds are starting to clear now.

    Now, going to the 12Z GFS (I know it’s not done yet but it’s very interesting) it seems it wants to bring that low on Tuesday a lot closer and brings more moisture with it. Then later in the week it gives us more moisture as snow too. This could be a very interesting week 🙂

    • Jason Hougak says:

      That’s what the ECMWF model has been showing for days now

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        I just looked at the NAM. It wants to give us like 3″ of snow for tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. I hope this stays true 🙂

    • JohnD says:

      REALLY pumped Guys! The next few days should be a lot of fun!

      • Diana F. says:

        It still seems so warm though! It’s 39 degrees in East Vancouver. I was expecting it to be colder, by now…..but tomorrow still looks good—hope the models keep it looking good thru the next 24–

  11. marinersfan85 says:

    All the models on board for a wide spread 1-3″ snow fall tomorrow night. Gfs even has as much as 6-8 around Salem. NWS isn’t sold though.

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I saw that too. I just posted something about the GFS because it’s very interesting even though it’s not done 🙂

  12. 27˚F for a low here; NWS is going for 23˚F tonight. Tonight was always supposed to be the coldest one of the week.

    • Roland Derksen says:

      17F for a low here- under clear skies and light winds. Could see it slightly warmer here tonight because of some high clouds.

  13. GTS1Kft says:

    26.6 @ 7am

  14. alohabb says:

    Really missed the low everywhere. 29 here in Seattle and it was supposed to be much colder ,and I see Aloha is 31 so …

  15. Jason Hougak says:

    A foot of snow in the Cascade foothills east of Sandy/ Eagle Creek. Temps continue to drop despite thick cloud cover. 25F and white. Snow is sliding off metal roof and countless icicles forming. It’s a winter wonderland!!!

  16. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Down to 27 here in Battle Ground. Skies are clearing…too bad it didn’t happen overnight.

  17. Paul D says:

    31 at 6am in Hillsboro. Looks like we’re not going into the 20’s like the forecast predicted.

  18. spacetrucker says:

    1204 ft
    above Estacada
    24 deg.
    5 inches of snow

  19. Longview 400 ft says:

    Currently 28.4
    3.5 of snow
    High 36.7

    I really thought winter was over several weeks ago with all the warm weather we had looked to never end. This week looks very promising as well. Well, whatever we get will be a bonus!!!

    Thanks Mark for sticking around. Just curious how the family took it when you asked them to wait a little longer to travel south? Or maybe you didn’t have to with the snow possibilities!!

  20. Jamie Van Zanten says:

    Thank you!!!!! You are the BEST

  21. Diana F. says:

    Hey Mark, Thanks for allllll the great forecasts and info, technical and otherwise! Tonight was awesome! Now let’s hope the potential for ice on the roads keeps everyone home tonight, meaning they’re safe till daylight.

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