Winter Snow Stats

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

21 Responses to Winter Snow Stats

  1. Gene says:

    Good little snow shower passing through Gresham — sticking a little, but it won’t last long, I’m sure.

  2. Boring Rain says:

    It snowed for a little but this afternoon, didn’t accumulate though.

  3. alohabb says:

    Whoa….dang near windstorm in Aloha. Strong gusts and limbs everywhere

    • Diana F. says:

      I think WIND is a really interesting part of the weather patterns around here. I enjoy having the East Winds rage for days and days, and then it takes more days for the Leftover Effects from those East Winds to Clear Out! SO powerful! The history of the geography is amazing…..

  4. 43˚F and rain showers this morning. Feels positively balmy in comparison to the 20s and 30s of the past week. NWS still going for a brief shot of post-front cooler air with a chance for a minor wet snow event tonight. Then it looks like the marine air will complete its decisive and inevitable victory and it’s just rain chances for the rest of the week.

  5. Lee Wilson says:

    And the night before last we did have sticking snow .

    At least here in the Longview area.
    Mom’s neighbor also had to pull the ups truck out of tne ditch.

  6. Lee Wilson says:

    February 2014 total was 7.3 inches._.Anwe had a power outag and ran the generator that night untill 4am.

  7. boydo3 says:

    Feb. 7th 2014 we had 13-1/2″ at 8:00 am. It snowed the rest of the day as well but kept packing down.

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    This February is going to be the snowiest one for me since February 1990- at least. However, I didn’t get nearly as much with this storm as Wolf Read did (some of you might find that name familiar). He lives east of me in an area called Coquitlam and measured 10.9 inches.

  9. NWS says another lowland snow chance for me tomorrow night, though even if it materializes it’s not going to amount to much. It’s a classic case of the cold(er) air arriving just as things start to dry out.

  10. MasterNate says:

    Thanks Mark! It will be exciting to see the turn around for mountain snowpack next time they measure. It was looking bleak! Hopefully we can finish the year near normal.

  11. Tanis Leach says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t February 2014 have 7.3 inches of snow compared to this year’s 6.6? Either way, it is a historic month snowfall wise. Thank you for all your hard work Mark!

  12. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Cool, thanx Mark. First. Now, I’m ready for Thunderstorms 😉🤗

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