Friday's overnight cold front delivered a windy blow but failed to deliver inches of rainfall and feet of Mt. Hood snow, at least so far. Strongest winds at low elevation near the coast was a 70 mph gust at Yachats. Strongest valley winds were recorded around 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning as the cold front arrived. Scappoose reported a wind gust of 47 mph. 50 mph wind gusts have been reported near and east of Hood River in the gorge. All locations will see calmer winds Sunday, but breezy conditions will be noticed.
24-hour rainfall, ended 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, topped at 1.22 inches at Astoria. Kelso reported .72 inches, Portland .54 inches and Salem .38 inches. Additional rainfall of .50 inches is expected through Sunday afternoon.
Mt. Hood resorts report up to 6 inches of new snow. Another foot or more will fall through the day Sunday. Snow reports may be in accurate, due to highs winds and blowing snow. Mt. Hood Meadows reports southwest winds 25-53 mph. Gusty winds will continue Sunday. Mostly dry and much calmer weather beginning Monday.
KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill