Winter Snow Stats

February 24, 2018

10am Saturday

Temperatures rose into the upper 30s last night with the southerly wind as expected.  It was nice that the warming shown overhead by models appeared too.  Snow showers changed to a rain/snow mix or just rain at the lowest elevations during the late night hours in the metro area.

So we didn’t have sticking snow yesterday or last night.  But was that it for the winter?  History tells us that’s most likely.  But with cold upper-level troughs still swinging through for another week we may somehow eek out another 1/2″ (or less).  We’ll see.

It’s snowing heavily in the Cascades and that continues through the weekend.  Note 2 to 3 feet forecast through early Tuesday

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Here are the winter stats so far:

  1. We have had FOUR official snowfalls.  That’s four with measurable snow at the Portland National Weather Service Office in Parkrose.
  2. February 2018 is the snowiest February since 1990.  It doesn’t take much, February snow isn’t very common.  Seems like we only get February snow 1 out of 3 years.
  3. We have had TWO freezing rain events, although one was just barely measurable and isolated to right along the Columbia River (Dec. 26).  Plus we’ll all remember that as one.
  4. Peak wind gust?  East at 41 mph…twice.  December 6th and January 15th.  Wind has been unusually light this year in the city; a real lack of south wind events.  We only had the strong east wind event in early/mid December; that’s it.

Winter Snow_Ice Totals So Far

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen