Snow Showers Tonight; White Dusting For Some Monday AM

8pm Sunday

Earlier in the winter this would have been a BIG deal.  But we just went through a week of seeing snow at times, so now a forecasting of a “possible dusting” in the lowlands and a half inch up at 1,000′ doesn’t seem quite so dramatic does it?

A cold front passed through the area this afternoon and behind that is a very chilly airmass.  In fact by daybreak the sticking snow level should be just about on the valley floor (sea level).  The mixing south wind will be gone by that time too.  But the limiting factor for snow tonight is the showers drying up later tonight just when it’s finally cold enough to stick at the lowest elevations.  Notice it’s too warm for most of us at 8pm.


Because of this I think it’ll be tough to get more than 1/2″ anywhere in the metro area below 1,000′ or so.

Snow Tonight Forecast 1

So ANY OF US IN THE LOWEST ELEVATIONS COULD WAKE UP TO A DUSTING OF SNOW ON THE GROUNDI don’t expect the snow itself to be a significant issue for the morning commute.

As mentioned in the graphic above, a bigger issue may be spots of ice on some roads by sunrise.  We’ll have a few wet areas, partial clearing overhead, and a calm wind by morning.  That combo will likely allow temperatures in some areas to fall to/below freezing.  I think that’s most likely central/west metro area where we get more clearing.

The rest of Monday will be uneventful with partly cloudy skies, a few sprinkles/flurries, and highs well into the 40s.

Next chance for lower elevation snow will likely be late week as cold showers return.  As of now there is no sign of a widespread snow event this week…as the calendar turns to March.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

30 Responses to Snow Showers Tonight; White Dusting For Some Monday AM

  1. Mountain Man says:

    Umm well, areas east west North south, above and below elevation, all above freezing. Yet here at 1200 ft. Just NW of the community of Skamania, I have been stuck at 32.0 since 6:45 am and I just finally bumped up to 32.2. Degrees over the last hour. 2 inches of fresh snow and still steadily coming down and accumulating. Go figure…

    • Mountain Man says:

      I guess I jinxed it. It just stopped for the first time in 7 hours and the temp quickly jumped to 33.2. It added a nice 2+ inches to the 6-8 inches of crusty old snow I still had up here anyway.

      • Mountain Man says:

        Dang break in precipitation. Just like that I’m up to 34.4. I guess that fun is over. I missed the big snow as I was down in Cali. My house sitter measured for me and we peaked at 14.5 inches a few days before we got back, so I got all excited to get some snow falling. At least we got her car out yesterday after it was stuck for days, so take the good with the bad.

  2. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Hmmm, I’m getting the breaks done and I’m outside having a smoke and I’ve noticed that we are having a gentle breeze coming from the East. That should keep the temperature down a little today. I still see lite flurries out my way 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    Snowing in Salem/Keizer

  4. W7ENK says:

    FWIW, there was some snow mixing in with the rain at street level in Downtown Portland a bit ago. Nothing of consequence, not much at all, but nonetheless noticeable.

  5. Jason Hougak says:

    Snowing steady here in the foothills. 31F and still have yard covered from last week.

  6. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    Low of 32 this morning. 10th day in a ROW with snow falling at some point. That’s impressive any time of the year let alone late February! Longest streak since 2008!

  7. JohnD says:

    34.3′ and going down here in SWPDX @ 210′ @ 7:08 p.m. If there are some showers late tonight, you would sure think that they could fall as snow!

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    Fairly chilly morning here (26F) so there’s still a pretty good amount of snow left. But it should disappear by mid-week with rain coming and milder temperatures.

  9. Some spots in the lowlands up here got up to 2″ from strong showers yesterday. I just saw a few flakes and graupel pellets fall from the clouds. Cold and frosty this morning, with another snow chance for tonight.

  10. Sprayandpay says:

    Down here in the mid valley lots of 35F and rain this month. You can’t have Artic Air without Artic Air. That’s why it never got down to the teens like they forecast as the Artic air simply don’t exist.

    However this will be the most Epic Model Riding Winter we will tell our grandchildren about how we were so tense at day 10 and hour 240. I mean it was more exciting then the actual events possibly happening just staring at model after model like a slow train wreck and then wind up being amazed that hot weather ones are actually correct and all the brain dead people on here stuck playing Farmville.

    What a lot of people don’t know is half the ice that produces the chilly airmasses all went into Fukashima to keep the buried reactor from blowing up all of Japan and it’s still leaking. Millions of dollars worth of robots have been sent down there only not to come back.

    The oceans are pretty much dead.

    • Nahtalkin says:

      13 inches of total snowfall and a couple times a trace of snow. Several lows down near 20 degrees and last Thursday morning I had my low of the winter at 16 degrees. I am just east of Clackamas at 300 ft.

  11. Boring Rain says:

    There is a white dusting here this Monday am.

  12. sds says:

    Just got back from Singapore (2 weeks in Asia) to rain on 6 inches of wet snow on the ground and now everything looks like a winter wonderland this AM. The fork we stuck in winter must have bent!!

  13. Diana F. says:

    Yipeeeee! Lots of reading about, and geeking out on, weather patterns continues! I love it.

  14. Jason Hougak says:

    Nobody better bash February as a month that is not a good winter weather or snow producer. It’s been snowing steady up here in the foothills about an hour with a new inch. Still a lot of snow on the ground here even after the gusty south wind and rain all weekend. National Weather Service totally bombed their weekend forecast. There was a real lack of precipitation as well.

  15. Lee Wilson says:

    Mark , would really be geeky if he could do an entire forcast in vr 360 🙂

  16. Lee Wilson says:

    It’s snowing .But not sticking ._thankfully.
    This whole pattern is like an 8 Track, it keeps playing over and over and over .Lol.

    Hey Mark._.Or anyone else,do you still have an 8 track and player?
    I used to have a reel to reel ._man i miss that thing.
    Oh it is 35°F.

    • Sprayandpay says:

      Only once did our temps ever budge from 35F. Did you get screwed on the snow department like the mid valley did here?

    • Sprayandpay says:

      Oh and your correct about this pattern being like an 8 track. LOL. Did you know in Hydro Thunder arcade edition only during the start of the race when a bunch of voices are chattering one of the things said is “8 track NO GO!”

      8 Tracks were pretty horrible quality actually unless you bought expensive equipment to clean it up.

  17. Wendy - Silverlake, WA says:

    Yesterday afternoon about a third of my yard was back to green. This afternoon about two-thirds of my yard was back to green. Now…. everything is completely white again.

  18. W7ENK says:

    This whole pattern has been so interesting, especially for late February!

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