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Spring arrives with liquid sunshine

by Rod Hill

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Posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:31 AM

As promised a morning cold front is starting our spring season with a raindrop splat!  KGW's Rose City camera shows a gloomy Wednesday morning.  Here are the totals as of 5:00 this morning:

Astoria .96" / Newport .59" / Portland .61" / Vancouver .71" / Kelso .56" / Hillsboro .71" / McMinnville .63" / Salem .76" / Hood River .46" / The Dalles .18"

Snow levels are near 6,000 feet with Timberline reporting a snow-rain mix.  Once the cold front passes Mt. Hood, afternoon snow levels will quickly lower to near 2,000 feet.  Winter driving over the Cascades should be expected through Friday.  Water vapor imagery offshore does show a moisture cut-off behind the front.  Look for sun breaks and scattered showers this afternoon.

As spring begins, the normal high temperature for Portland is 58 degrees and the normal low is 40 degrees.  All daily records moving forward show high temperatures in the 70s or warmer, while record lows can still be in the 20s through May 1st! 

Despite this morning's rainfall, forecast charts continue to indicate near normal to below precipitation for the spring months.  March is likely to finish with below normal rainfall, becoming the third consecutive month to do so.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill,

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