Some good news in the Columbia River Gorge. Well, actually bad news for kids; I think there won’t be an “Ice Day” or “Snow Day” for some of those kids.
We’re only talking a difference of maybe 3 degrees, but that’s enough to take some areas “out of the running” for snow or ice accumulations.
WESTERN GORGE (Corbett to Bonneville Dam)
- Freezing rain is only likely well above 500′, more like 1,000′ around Crown Point.
- Most roads will remain clear, ice glazing mainly on trees/objects and not pavement.
- I-84 REMAINS CLEAR
- School closures unlikely
- Highest wind in next few hours, then it backs off a bit after 1-2am
CENTRAL/EASTERN GORGE (Cascade Locks/Hood River/The Dalles)
Light snow at times between now and around 1am, then mainly dry rest of the night
1-4″ with lightest totals down at freeway/river level.
I-84 remains either mainly clear or just slushy
Some school delays/closures still likely here
- Light rain and/or freezing rain at times. Freezing rain spots should be only above 1,000′ in Hood River, White Salmon, & Wind River valleys
- I-84 STAYS CLEAR AFTER BRIEF MORNING SLUSH
Not only are temps just a few notches warmer than I expected 24 hours ago, but this band of frozen precipitation is gone after midnight or so. The brand new RPM model run for 1am:
So there you go, this is still the “biggest snowfall of the season” in the Gorge, showing what a real dud this winter has been so far!
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen