First Snow, Now Cold!
Looks like the areas that picked up the most snow today were in a line from about Hockinson down through Camas, then Corbett and Sandy. As much as 7″ was reported in Sandy and about 4″ on Livingston Mountain. Speaking of which, that is exactly where I spent most of the morning and early afternoon with my cousin and his daughter, along with my son. We enjoyed a good old fashion snowball fight. Here is a photo that Mike took at about the 1,300ft level. Plenty of snow up there today. If you have any good photos to share, please post links here. We would love to see them.
I was just thinking to myself that this is now the 4th Christmas holiday in a row that we have seen very low snow levels in the metro area. Let’s see:
Dec 25th 2007 – Snow down to 300ft locally.
Dec 20th-25th 2008 – Megastorm 2008! 10-20″ locally.
Dec 29th 2009 – Sneaker snowstorm! 2-4″ locally.
Dec 29th 2010 – More low elevation snow.
So, what comes next? Cold! Daytime highs will be in the upper 30’s with overnight lows in the 20’s. By this weekend we could see some areas getting down into the upper teens. The east winds will be increasing in the gorge as well, which will help to bring in additional cold air. I was just looking over the latest 0z GFS model data and it likes the idea of keeping us in a general pattern where we would see low snow levels for the next 10+ days. That will be interesting to keep our eyes on. What do some of you think about the overall pattern that the GFS wants to toss at us? Finally, I plan to post something interesting tomorrow regarding rainfall stats. Stay tuned for that! Feel free to post overnight low temps here over the coming few nights so we can compare them.