Rain Last 24 Hrs. Trace
Rainfall for February so far: 1.24" Departure from Normal: -1.77"
Rain since Oct. 1st (Rainfall Year) : 20.70" Departure from Normal: -1.31"
Rain since Jan. 1st (Annual): 6.60" Departure from Normal: - 1.29"
February Snow: 6.6" (Ties with 1993 for 5th Snowiest February on record.)
Snow stays in the mountains this weekend.
Saturday morning (2/24/18), we're seeing heavy snow and windy conditions on Mt. Hood and through the Cascades. Be prepared for winter driving conditions as you head up to the mountain or through the passes. Chains are required today! Areas of Central and Eastern Oregon are dealing with similar conditions. Some roads have been snow covered through the morning, and may be slick.
On the mountain, amounts vary based on elevation and temperature. Timberline is reporting 7" in the last 24 hours, while Meadows is reporting 10". Wind conditions are strong, and temperatures are in the teens.
The Coast Range has also experienced low level snow, and snow covered roads at the summit of Highways 26 and 6. At the Coast, don’t be surprised if you see a waterspout offshore today. One was spotted this morning between Astoria and Seaside. Cold unstable air is following behind an upper level low, so there may be more with that air mass.
The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the Cascade Foothills, Cascades, and portions of Central and Eastern Oregon through 4 p.m. today. Tonight, with another storm system on the way, that will be upgraded for the Cascades to a WINTER STORM WATCH through Sunday evening.
This second weather maker arriving Saturday night through Sunday, will again focus the snow in the Foothills, Cascades, and Eastern Slopes, along with much of the higher elevation areas of Central and Eastern Oregon like toward La Grande and the Wallowas. The Cascades will see the most snow, with another foot possible by Sunday evening.
Colder air remains in place with this area of low pressure, so overnight temperatures are expected to drop to around freezing again on Monday morning. With a little leftover moisture, we could see some snow or mixed showers early, but it likely won't stick around long.
Overnight lows return to above freezing for the rest of the week, and daytime highs will be in the 40s. That's below average, but at least it keeps the Willamette Valley out of the realm of accumulating snow.
The rest of the week ahead looks wet at times, but not snowy for the Willamette Valley.
Today - Snow Level: Around 1,000' - Clouds with showers and sunbreaks, plenty of mountain snow! - 46
Tonight - Cloudy, Rain developing overnight - 38
Sunday - Rain turning to showers - 43
Monday - Early mix possible, but not widespread, Sunbreaks - 44
Meteorologist Mary Loos
Today's Record Temperatures