Quick Gorge Snow/Ice Update

7pm Wednesday…

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.
  • 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

mark gorge wintry weather

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:

rpm clouds rain snow

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




37 Responses to Quick Gorge Snow/Ice Update

  1. Update: the soarows are areiving… or i should say.. hve arried.

  2. Our daffodil are popping up

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fear not people, these types of winters will be but a memory quite soon. We are descending into an abrupt iceage. The ‘real’ science is there for all to see. Global warming = money and control, research it. Patience….the cold will come – far more than you want

  4. runrain says:

    Warm south winds gusting to 40 at PDX. Spring is here!

  5. W7ENK says:

    According to the GFS, tomorrow thru tomorrow night looks wet, Saturday night looks wet, Tuesday night / Wednesday morning look REALLY wet, and then that’s it for precip. High pressure sets up over the intermountain West and basically sits there through the end of the run. Heights are above average, which means inversion, so probably fog in the Valley, probably East winds down the Gorge into Portland metro, and unseasonably warm temperatures above about 3 to 4,000 feet — and that holds into the foreseeable future.


    • If it even evolves into an inversion. Sometimes this sort of pattern ends up being sunny and mild even in the lowlands. (At least an inversion would make it feel more like winter.)

  6. W7ENK says:

    Turns out it was a non-event.

  7. Joshua Lake Oswego says:

    In unsurprising news, any chance of cold air at the end of the month has eroded away. Shockingly, it will stay well east of us. We will have another dry stretch of at least 7 days too. Recently released long-term forecasts continue with the trend of the driest and warmest anomalous weather to be centered over the PNW.

    • Andy says:

      I noticed the same thing on this mornings run. I also looked at long term and warm and dry stood out for NW. My gut tells me the non active weather will continue until the end of the month and probably into February. Maybe next winter.

  8. WEATHERDAN says:

    In the last few days I have seen cherry trees in blossom and flowers such as primrose in bloom as well. In 65 years in Oregon I have never seen this before. Winter isn’t just over it never began. Peace.

  9. Jason Hougak says:

    Mark the storms pounding the Sierras are dumping an amazing amount of snow. Too bad the Cascades aren’t getting this.

  10. JERAT416 says:

    Mark, did you get anything at your place yet? I know you said this season has been a dud for you also.

  11. I sure hope we dont get a flash freeze as it just finished raining. I peeked up and saw stars …

  12. Andy says:

    I have noticed the same trend to colder and even snow in western Oregon on some runs. I just don’t trust to far out on the models. It is better than a week ago and it has shown something for a few days, but…will it continue?

  13. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I still think the 00Z GFS has something going for it. It still wants to give us some cold temps around the end of the month. It’s a little trend 🙂

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      On a side note about the end of the 00Z GFS. I did notice a low coming down the coast line of Canada which could give us a snowstorm 🙂

      • Roland Derksen says:

        It might give you something, but what about us? I’m still waiting for my first measurable snow as well. February, perhaps?

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          I hope so too. It’s a little frustrating to see other states getting into the action and the NW isn’t. Hopefully we will get something.

    • Andy says:

      Noticed the same trend the last couple days. Better than anything I have seen the last month. Cross are fingers it lasts on the models. Shows a northern flow and a low swinging down the coast…I just hope.

      • Ken in Wood Village says:

        Yea, I saw the same thing. I just hope it keeps it up. Also, the GFS has been doing better than the EURO at forecasting what’s going to happen. Let’s just hope it’s right this time.

  14. Jason Hougak says:

    Check out the California weather map. The Sierra’s are getting pounded. Possibly 96” in a few locations with widespread 60” accumulations.

    • Diana F. says:

      Son of a Nutcracker some people have all the luck!! Well I am definitely enjoying the wind and rain in SE Vancouver…..the East Wind is busy blowing here something fierce. I saw a lady coming out of the post office at about 5 today…getting pummeled unexpectedly by the biting wind, her umbrella went literally sailing over the top of the post office, and she let out the loudest WT F word I’ve heard in quite some time!!

  15. David M says:

    Huge fan, Mark, but if this forecast holds, there is no way there will be any school delays in Hood River.

  16. Paul D says:

    First! And the boredom continues.

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