If you are a valley snow lover or a child at heart wishing for a Portland snow day, your chance of building a snowman is quickly vanishing. As the final days of February begin, forecast charts show now metro snow in sight. In fact, snow levels as March begins may go as high as 8,000 feet!
As the graphic illustrates, March has brought snow before, but more than 1-2 inches is rare. The largest March snowstorm dropped 8 inches back on March 7 & 8th of 1951. April has never produced more than a trace of snow in the air or on the ground. The latest trace of PDX snow in the record back fell on April 9th back in 1980. You may remember a trace of snow on a chilly day back on March 28th, 2008.
My Portland winter forecast last fall stated an unfavorable pattern for any significant snowfall this winter season. Of course, there is always time for the forecaster to be proven wrong!
KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill
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