All the evening weather models are in except the ECMWF. If you didn’t read my midday post read that first.
The biggest change I see is the front moving across our area more quickly tonight. That means:
- Forecast rain isn’t quite as heavy = maybe only a few scattered spots of roadway flooding if we get lucky!
- Gusty southerly wind in the valleys is a bit lighter and moves south of us more quickly. I changed the forecast to 35-45 mph gusts in the valley. North of the Columbia River (Clark County) I doubt it’ll gust much over 30.
Peak wind still appears to be around 1-4am in the metro area and valleys, but again, THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE A BIG WINDSTORM. Just a few power outages here and there.
Here’s the 1am RPM wind gust forecast:
Notice the RPM model has all the gusty wind south of Salem by the time we get to the morning commute; looks pretty quiet in the Portland metro area.
And here’s the WRF-GFS with its lighter rainfall forecast. A bit over an inch in the western valleys.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen