After record overnight low, sunshine!

After record overnight low, sunshine!

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by kgw.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 8 at 4:47 PM

PORTLAND -- After a  frigid morning that tied a Portland record, Oregon and Southwest Washington will get a break from relentless rain on Friday, with mostly sunny skies and high in the upper 50s,  according to KGW  Meteorologist Nick Allard.

Portland dropped down to 31 degrees overnight Thursday, matching a previous record low.

"The break in the busy weather pattern will continue tomorrow with another dry day," Allard said. "You'll see increasing high clouds and eventually some rain late Saturday night into early Sunday.  Sunday then looks like a rainy and breezy day with plenty of mountain snow."

Records?

The record high for April is 74 and it won't hit that today, more like what is the average high for the date at 59.

Wednesday night, temperatures dipped into the 30s and Allard said Wednesday set a record low high temperature of 47 degrees, breaking the old record by a degree that had stood since 1948.

KGW viewers Wednesday reported light snow falling in areas as low as 500 feet before noon and then around 3:30 p.m. viewers reported some hail and thunderstorm activity, too.

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Wondering if this marked the latest April snow in Portland's history? The answer is no.  Back in 1955, a trace of snow was recorded at the Portland International Airport on April 26. And back in 1948, a trace fell in downtown Portland, also on April 26.

Mt. Hood Skibowl took advantage of the unusual Spring snow storm and announced plans to open for night skiing 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. "The new snow is just too good to miss," a bulletin from the ski area said.

More: Ski reports

Despite the late storm, studded tires were no longer allowed in Oregon, punishable by a $190 fine. They were however, still allowed in Washington state until April 7. More: Studded tires no longer allowed in Ore.

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