9am Monday: West Metro Wins This Time! Mainly Dry Central, East, & North Metro

Looks like we just had a reversal of the snowstorm (or no snowstorm) from two weeks ago.  Checking ODOT cams and snow reports I see a snowy west metro

Bethany Blvd at West Union Rd_pid4193

with lots of 1-2″ totals so far.  Also a 3″ report from the top of Cooper Mountain (Beaverton).  Good for all of you, that’s a nice snowy morning after getting hosed with the last system.

But east metro has been mainly dry or just a dusting with that dry east wind blowing.  Officially a TRACE has fallen as of 9am both at the downtown observing site and the NWS office in Parkrose.

SE 122nd at Division EW_pid3702

Same thing in Clark county, although I see some snow filling in up there on radar


You can see it in the temperature map at 9am.  Where little/no snow fell, there was no evaporative cooling to drop temps to freezing.  Between 34-38 central/east/north metro, but it dropped to 32/33 where snow fell


You have to hand it to long-range modeling, forecasting SOMEONE getting nailed west of the Cascades.  Eugene has 10″ of snow sitting at the airport and there are reports of 10-15″ south of there around Cottage Grove and Lorane.    Pretty amazing that they could forecast a general location (somewhere in Western Oregon or SW Washington) getting a historic snowfall 5 days ahead of time.

Every highway west, east, and south out of Eugene/Springfield is closed due to falling trees, power lines, and heavy snowfall.  Both Willamette Pass and Santiam Pass are closed.  I also see 12″ at Redmond and one other report of 20″ in 24 hours just northwest of Redmond.  Whew!  Now that’s a snow day…

If you received more than 1/2″ snow let us know in the comments with depth and location.

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  • Snow showers taper off as we go through the day.
  • I expect less than 1″ additional accumulation and none of that will be on roads from this point forward.  I see ODOT road temperature sensors show temps have risen above freezing even at Sylvan and US26/OR217.
  • A few sunbreaks this afternoon melt much of the snow that fell westside

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen


88 Responses to 9am Monday: West Metro Wins This Time! Mainly Dry Central, East, & North Metro

  1. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Ok, I thought I saw everything but the 00Z GFS just got a little interesting at the end of the run (I know, it’s at the end of the run and probably won’t happen but it’s interesting…lol). I think it gave us a windstorm between the 13th and 14th…lol

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      I forgot to mention the Low comes from the NW but the pressure when it comes to the Washington coast is 983mb and tracks just North of Portland.

  2. W7ENK says:

    Freezing drizzle changed to snizzle, little teeny tiny snowflakes. 28 or 31 degrees, depending upon what weather product you look at. Definitely sub freezing, I just had to scrape my windshield. Parking lot at the college is still just wet, but there’s a dusting of snow/ice on everything else.

  3. Tanis Leach says:

    I love the cold and snow as a (injured) runner, as I can get more creative with my runs, like wearing spikes. I will be complaining when it hits 100 in the summer as I run hot anyways (average body temp 97.4 instead of the 98.6 like we should be at), and I use the phrase coats are for noobs commonly.

    Also how do you post photos here?

    • Ken in Wood Village says:

      You need to go to a website and get “Direct Link for Layouts” on the site. Go to this site.


      The only problem with this site is they have pop ups. Just be careful when navigating the site.

  4. Jason Hougak says:

    Steady North wind and temps dropping quickly to 28F with steady powder snow falling. Very winter like.

  5. Ken in Wood Village says:

    I went out to get two peanut buster parfait and the roads are ok until I got to a overpass. I was driving up and all of a sudden the road was all white…lol. It’s still snowing when I got home. I noticed at the Troutdale airport is 32 degrees now. All this wet pavement will be ice in the morning. Be careful if you have to drive in the morning.

  6. Jason Hougak says:

    The GFS still is showing snow chances throughout the PNW into March. The Climate Prediction maps show 90% below average temps through the 8-14 day outlook. The latest 12Z ECMWF looks very interesting March 7th.

  7. Larry says:

    Temperatures overnight should fall below freezing as wet roads begin to freeze. Your morning commute disruptions could be determined by how snow you got Monday morning. Places like Corvallis, Albany, and Eugene, will have a worse morning commute than places who received little or no snow.
    Nonetheless, wet roads from the snow/rain will freeze causing issues. Even as the ice melts throughout the morning, it might take hours before places are above freezing.

  8. W7ENK says:

    Temp in OC dropped to 31, still drizzling, shiz is freezing up. Trees on campus are kinda crackly in the wind, grass is starting to get crunchy, exposed metal surfaces are starting to get a thin layer of wet, sloppy ice on them. Pavement and concrete are still wet… for now.

  9. Jason Lloyd says:

    We got 5 inches Sat into Sun and 3 inches Sun into Mon. Very cold all day today. High hit 30. Parrett Mtn outside of Newberg.

  10. Ken in Wood Village says:

    It’s been snowing pretty good here for awhile. It’s covering almost everything now except the roads (the parking area is starting to get covered tho). Nice little band of snow coming through now. It probably will last for maybe another hour. 🤗🌨❄

  11. Heinrich Lippschitz says:

    Been Snowing steadily the last couple of hours on Fishers Landing

  12. JohnD says:

    32.0′ with moderate sticking snow here at 200′ ele SWPDX. No doubt it won’t last but great while it does!

    • JohnD says:

      Definite believer in GOLU. 31.8′ now and still coming down. I don’t expect the current mini event to go on much longer here, however. Looking forward to seeing what you guys think about Tues. night/Wed. and beyond?!
      Will be looking forward to spring; but it has been fun being a part of this historic Feb. (Even if many of us got short changed on the main goods.)

  13. rmlounsbury says:

    It’s been going between light and moderate snowfall here in Vancouver Heights. We are sitting around 35 so it only accumulated under the heavier showers.

    It’s probably going to snow just enough to make sure we have ice cold encased roads in the morning.

  14. boydo3 says:

    And sugar won’t cause cavities.

    Look at the facts, please. Look at real science, please.
    “Science is not a liberal conspiracy”..Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  15. W7ENK says:

    Just switched to freezing drizzle in Oregon City, top of the hill by Clackamas Community College. Temp dropped to 32, water drops atop my car are starting to crust up.

  16. GTS1Kft says:

    My brother in Bend says he shoveled 30″ of snow today – in four installments. That was at 3:30…

    28.2 and moderate snowfall here.

  17. W7ENK says:

    A friend of mine in Bend got 25 inches of snow at her place today.

    A friend of mine just North of Redmond woke up to 34 inches of snow this morning, it’s been snowing all day, but I haven’t heard back from him yet. Can probably assume an additional 10 inches.

    A friend of mine in Eugene says she got 21 inches of snow at her place, with just a little bit of elevation.

    It snowed in Milwaukie all day long, but with the temperature hovering around 35-37 degrees, it all immediately melted upon contact, so it all officially amounted to nothing.

    It was snowing at the freeway in Oregon City 20 minutes ago. Top of the hill off 213, it’s 33 degrees and raining. Everything is wet, so if it cools off at all, this crap is going to freeze it slick real soon…

  18. Jason Hougak says:

    Abrupt change to the pattern could definitely be contributed to the suns low solar activity. The magnetic North Pole is rapidly moving from Canada towards Siberia and there’s no real answer. Perhaps the gravitational changing in a weakening sun? It’s very interesting how space can be the biggest culprit to climate change. How our planet orbits to solar activity can be a key factor no greenhouse gases alone. I agree to limit our output of greenhouse gases but come on it’s not the only answer. In the end our planet could freeze over on our civilization instead of cook us like we’ve been brainwashed into. Global Warming theory aside, with extreme cold and snow happening from 6,200’ on Haleakala to snow in Malibu, Las Vegas, coldest ever daytime high in Phoenix, record snow in Seattle and now Eugene there’s something else at play. All I’m saying is we should not be brainwashed by the Global Warming theorist. I don’t know how many people I’ve heard lately sick of the cold and snow, yet everyone is so against Global Warming… what??? Done with my rant!

    • Jason Hougak says:

      Some reading material

    • K says:

      I don’t think “global warming” means that the climate of the whole earth is getting warmer per se, rather I believe Climate Change believers argue that it is making things more conductive to extreme weather (such as all of the stuff you’re saying).

      • Jason Hougak says:

        Global Warming turned into Climate Change and is directly related to the Earth warming due to human activity. If you research Climate Change it’s how WE are affecting the Earth and our greenhouse gases are causing “ Global Warming”. Don’t be fooled by the left movement. I agree we should take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and we’ve done leaps and bounds from the past generations but Earth is under constant Climate Change since it’s creation.

    • Tanis Leach says:

      As a college student, I’ve never been 100% sold on human caused climate change. Yes the climate is changing but by what? Too little evidence to 100% confirm. I don’t 100% believe it because with the amount of CO2 that was put into the atmosphere from 1850 to 1960 compared to 1960 to now, we should be another 3-5 degrees above what we are now. Do we have some influence? Probably but I’m not convinced we’re the biggest player or if we are, its probably like 60/40 at the most. I am open for clearer evidence than what’s already been presented

      I especially don’t like the media saying that this event was caused by climate change when its happened before. Especially when they said the 2017 hurricane season was caused by climate change (no it wasn’t). This is just a dislike, as there are very few things I hate (cough cough ODOT cough cough 65 mph on I-5 cough cough)

      Best busted examples: 1980, no snow in the cascades in 30 years (wow…)
      The oceans will flood out Florida by 2010 (… barely any rise)
      2015 California endless drought (look at drought monitor now)
      Stronger hurricanes (satellite era-1994 was quiet cycle, so hurricanes aren’t as frequent or strong, plus the Atlantic just went through a (near?) record long no cat 4 streak (900 days) or cat 5 streak (9 years)
      Bonus: 55 mph saves the environment (.1% difference). It also saves lives (raising the speed limit from 55 to 70 on average dropped accidents by 7% per 1,000,000 vehicle miles traveled, and why I’ll support up to an 80 mph limit on our interstates(USDOT)).

      That being said, I will respect anyone’s opinion, but please respect mine in return.

      • Jason Hougak says:

        The Earth had an Ice Age perhaps a few. Somehow the ice melted and we see evidence of this throughout the World where Glaciers scarred the Earth or left erratic rocks behind. It all melted and we weren’t to blame… climate change. Period. Oregon has tropical fossils… Climate Change. The Earth is in constant climate change and will be. Just because there is a major hurricane season doesn’t mean it was spawned by us pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. How much of that is immitted when a volcanoe erupts.

  19. Jason Hougak says:

    Travel today from Cascade foothills through the Gorge to job in Mosier at about 1500’. One thing I noticed is that the air is chilly but not extremely cold. Temps to job ranged from 31F at my house when I left, 32F at my shop in Boring, changed to 31F breifly after Cascade Locks and 32F to job in Mosier. The job had a solid foot of snow. On way back 32F from Mosier to Boring. Dropped down to Clackamas Hwy 224 and bumped up to 34F. Climbed into the foothills and 30F with steady snowfall now.

    Watching road cams last night the temps both at 5,000’ and even at the S. Oregon coast were at freezing to 31F. This snowstorm just like the one that hit Portland with 12” last year or the year before…( memory slipping me ) occurred with moderate temperatures not arctic air. Seems very interesting to me.

  20. Kenz says:

    It’s been snowing in Clackamas at least since noon, but it’s trying to stick now. I don’t know if my luck will run out just as its getting cold enough but 🤗.

  21. Reporting in From Castle Rock, Washington.
    No snow, grey skies dry, and very stormy dark-grey clouds coming in from the west.

  22. Max in Fairview says:

    Good amount of snow flakes from this band.

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