This afternoon / night we noticed a basic spring chilly entrance move via the realm. In entrance of the entrance, within the mass of heat air, temperatures climbed within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies east of the Cascades. Ontario has even turned 82!

However with the afternoon clouds and rain we did not get effectively above 50 west of the mountains

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In the meantime, the federal government camp hit 50 levels at midday, however now it is snowing and 24 levels! That is what we name the kids of the chilly entrance …

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The entrance is a dividing line between a heat spring air mass and a a lot cooler air mass that’s now pouring inland. Snow ranges have dropped to round 1,000 ft within the Coast Vary. We now have talked about for days that there might be a dusting of snow on the peaks of the Coast Vary Monday morning and it is going to be. However there may be not a whole lot of moisture behind this technique; it’s fairly a “continental” chilly entrance that we’d see in the midst of the US. Only a few scattered showers this night and Monday. Check out the night GRAF mannequin precipitation forecast. Very quickly by Wednesday… virtually all of this earlier than midday tomorrow.


However we must always be capable of get 8 to 12 ″ Cascade snowfall (together with what we have seen thus far) earlier than it dries later tomorrow.


There was a powerful surge of wind from the southwest or west with the chilly entrance west of the Cascades. A 35mph peak gust at PDX with different gusts within the 25-40mph vary gave us a number of blackouts. I see PGE has about 5,000 purchasers. After all, the wind has calmed down now.

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Central and japanese Oregon (in addition to japanese Columbia River Gorge) are definitely recognized for gusty southwest or west winds within the spring, however immediately it was well past. past something we usually see. Peak gusts of fifty to 70 mph have been widespread. I noticed a 75 mph gust at Maryhill, and even Pendleton noticed a 73 mph gust! Take a look at this photograph of an ongoing mud storm round Rufus (close to the John Day Dam) from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Workplace

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Mud storm on I-84 this afternoon

Heat climate, a dry March and a powerful wind have sparked a minimum of two fires within the Bend space. Considered one of these induced degree 3 evacuations for a minimum of a short while. There have been a minimum of 2 extra in Wasco County.

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What’s in retailer for us?

  • Drier than regular climate to conclude March and start April.
  • A number of very gentle showers tomorrow, then warming up Tuesday / Wednesday.
  • A mix of principally sunny skies + sea movement + heat air mass on Wednesday COULD give us our first 70s of the 12 months. Our night GRAF mannequin says 73! ECMWF additionally implies a excessive round 70. Then return to onshore movement and cooler (however nonetheless gentle) temperatures on April 1st.
  • Each GFS and ECMWF units additionally suggest that the drier than regular situations proceed for a minimum of one other week.

So… the primary message for tonight? Ensure to put aside some out of doors time for Wednesday!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

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