Saturday, December 13, 2008

What a Difference a Week Can Make

Why I am glad I chose to fulfill my R-12 requirement LAST week:

/O.EXT.KPQR.WS.A.0011.081214T0500Z-081215T0300Z/

LOWER COLUMBIA-GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA-I-5 CORRIDOR IN COWLITZ COUNTY-GREATER VANCOUVER AREA-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...  

ST. HELENS...CLATSKANIE...HILLSBORO... PORTLAND...  OREGON CITY...GRESHAM...LONGVIEW...KELSO... 
CASTLE ROCK...VANCOUVER...BATTLE GROUND...WASHOUGAL 

518 AM PST SAT DEC 13 2008

...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR THE GREATER PORTLAND METRO AREA...AS WELL AS THE LOWER COLUMBIA AND INTERSTATE 5 CORRIDOR OF SOUTHERN WASHINGTON...

THE WINTER STORM WATCH FOR SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO USHER INTO THE FORECAST AREA TODAY...DROPPING TEMPERATURES TO AT OR BELOW THE FREEZING MARK BY SUNDAY MORNING. WITH THIS COLD AIR MASS IN PLACE...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DROPPING DOWN THE COAST WILL BEGIN TO PUSH MOISTURE INTO THE AREA. THIS PATTERN HAS GREAT POTENTIAL TO GENERATE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS DOWN TO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY FLOOR.

MOST AREAS WILL LIKELY SEE ACCUMULATING SNOW...AND THERE IS A STRONG POSSIBILITY OF AREAS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION...HOWEVER...THESE LOCATIONS WILL BE HARD TO DETERMINE UNTIL MORE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOW. 

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

On the other hand, we could just end up with a lovely Marshmallow World . . .


1 comment:

beth h said...

Well, yeah.

I was out in the shed this morning to get something and saw my new soon-to-be-crossbike hanging in the corner. I wished it was ready TODAY so I could go ride it in the snow.

..::sigh::..

Snuggle up with your sweetie and some hot chocolate. You've earned it. Monstah!

Cheers--Beth