Rain Last 24 Hrs. - 0.05"
Rainfall For March: 1.11" Departure from Normal: -1.49"
Rain since Oct. 1st (Rainfall Year) : 22.43" Departure from Normal: -2.83"
Rain since Jan. 1st (Annual): 8.33" Departure from Normal: - 2.81"
Snowy winter travel is ahead through Friday-- for all of the local and regional higher elevations.
A Winter Weather Advisory is now posted for most of our local hills and mountains above 1500 feet. Temperatures began dropping in the late evening on Thursday and were in the 20s at pass level in the Cascades, 30s in the Coast Range before 11 p.m. Accumulating snow fell in the Coast Range and was visible on ODOT cameras through tripcheck.com. Cascade Passes were starting to see icy accumulations as road temperatures began to drop overnight, too.
People leaving early for Spring Break and making plans to travel through the passes can expect road conditions to change rapidly, and become difficult with accumulating snow overnight Thursday into Friday. Snow levels will remain low, around 1,500 to 1,000', through the day on Friday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for portions of Southern Oregon, including Interstate 5 and Siskiyou Summit.
There is no accumulating snow expected for the Valley, but if you live on some of the higher hills you might see some flakes mixed with rain showers. Temperatures will begin Friday in the 30s, and climb to well below average, in the mid to upper 40s only. Typically this time of year Portland begins to top out in the upper 50s.
This unsettled weather pattern with clouds, showers (some thunderstorms with small hail, wind or heavy rain) will continue through at least Saturday. Cooler than average highs and a few showers continue into the top of next week. By mid-week a ridge of high pressure builds in and we're turning to drier, warmer conditions at that point. Daytime highs should reach the 60s by Thursday next week.
Tonight - Cold, windy with rain showers at times - 39
Friday - Cold, rain showers and possible embedded thunderstorms - 46
Saturday - Still cold and unsettled with showers and possible pop up storms - 51
Meteorologist Mary Loos
Today's Record Temperatures