Friday Evening Storm Update: Heavy Snow & Freezing Rain Next 8 Hours

9:45pm Friday…

Quick update to let you know what’s going on as we are getting slammed by Round #2

  1. Heavy precipitation continues until around 5am Saturday, then it’s just scattered showers. This event is going to be pretty much “over” by mid-morning tomorrow. By that I mean I don’t expect significant accumulation of either snow/ice pellets/freezing rain after sunrise tomorrow.
  2. The entire metro area is now the coldest we’ve seen through the event. Low to mid 20s and in some areas it’s pouring down liquid rain! That’s not good.
  3. Portland officially recorded at least 4.7″ snow today, possibly a bit more since 4pm

One relatively minor change, which makes a big difference for snow totals is here. This is what we’ve been expecting. Snow north metro, freezing rain far south for this event.

This is what has actually been occurring…do you see any difference?

Yep, that’s about a 10 mile northward shift to the MIX and FREEZING RAIN AREA. Meteorologically pretty close, but it happens to lie right across the middle of a metro area containing 2.5 million people!

5-7″ snow has fallen in the snowy area so far (as expected), but more glazing is happening farther north in the metro. Those places in the central metro that might have seen 4-8″ instead are mostly done with snow.

So in the end we’ll still end up with 2-12″ total snowfall in the metro area, but the southern end of light snow shifts a bit farther north.

Models are hinting that we may see a southward shift of the snow line again late tonight as cooler air comes in with the front…before precipitation totally cuts off. SO IT’S STILL POSSIBLY ANYONE IN THAT MIX AREA PICKS UP 1-2″ LATER

That’s it for now…see you on TV at 10/11pm…Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

98 Responses to Friday Evening Storm Update: Heavy Snow & Freezing Rain Next 8 Hours

  1. Phil says:

    Snowing hard right now in Beaverton 350 feet up Cooper mtn. Big flakes. I thought we were done with the snow? Looks like the radar is filling in too. I just watched fox 12. No mention of this?? Its currently 30 degrees.

  2. Jake in Gresham says:

    Power restored here for the zip code of 97230 around 9:30am. It went out at 2:13am lastnight and I tried posting here.

    Temp: 24.6F
    Humidity: 87%
    DP: 21.2F
    Windchill: 12~19F

    Snowdrifts are 3ft+ (had to use my snowshoes out the front door…). I’m guessing over a foot of snow fell easily.

  3. Andrew says:

    It feels like things are warming up fairly quickly around metro but models appear to still want to bring in more ice tomorrow, perhaps the result of one final tug of cold air out of gorge before it all ends. If more of us in city area do get another period of freezing rain, the power outage numbers will likely be record breaking.

  4. Diana F. says:

    Had to call 911. Which rang 32 times before someone picked up, poor things are SLAMMED. I called because an elderly gentleman decided today, at 27 degrees with howling East wind, was the time to go walking the neighborhood (urban city setting!) with his khakis, sneakers and windbreaker. Tho he did have a mask on 🤦🏻‍♀️. He’d take three or four steps, then turn around and gaze as if to say “hmmm maybe I should turn around”…. but instead waddles on ahead, feet sinking 1/2 a foot each step, to the biggest street in the city of Vancouver, which right now is a mountain of busted up snow with icy layers in between. I’d have helped him myself but I literally can’t get out of my 3rd floor apartment. Thank goodness for multiple balconies so I can monitor the world outside! Stay safe out there!

  5. Brad says:

    Please tell me we are done with the freezing rain in King City. My trees can’t handle any more.

  6. Booster says:

    12-16 inches in Gresham near 257th. I don’t know how you would really measure it…it undulates across the yard with 3 ft drifts. I was around in Dec 08 and this seems like a little more.

  7. specialK says:

    Inner se. no power. This is gonna get interesting.

  8. Roland Derksen says:

    About 3 inches on the ground here, falling since 3am. Not particularly heavy, but if it keeps up to around 4pm as forecasted, it’ll be close to 6 inches.

  9. MasterNate says:

    Clackamas county hit hard with Ice. Well over 1″ of ice covers everything. Many many trees down and parts of trees. Roads blocked and no power. Worse I have ever seen it. Definitely a historic ice storm south of Portland.

  10. Paul D says:

    Finally getting some consistent snow in Hillsboro, but we are only at 2 inches.

  11. 8”+ reported in/around Seattle. And continues to snow

    • Evan -- Cedar Mill says:

      Seattle scores again even though my temp was well below anything in and around the Seattle area. Frustrating.

  12. Andrew says:

    Any updates on models or changes to previous guidance on forecast?

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