UPDATE (Sunday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. PST) — Just when you thought winter was heading for an early retirement this year, Mother Nature is reminding Oregon it’s still February.
A cold front moved southward through the Willamette Valley Sunday, dropping 9 inches in Boring and as much as 3 inches in Portland’s Southwest Hills.
The snow may be over, but the cold is still here.
“We’re going to start off on the colder side — at or below freezing throughout the valley,” National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Cullen said. “What we do know is we’ll stay on the colder side of things.”
Highs Monday should hover right around the upper 30s, with a forecasted high of 38 in downtown Portland and a high of 36 further east in the Valley in Troutdale.
That cold start to the day greeted commuters with a slick commute Monday morning as snow and moisture on the roads and sidewalks froze overnight.
But Cullen says with mostly sunny skies and no calls for additional precipitation Monday, roads and walkways should melt and start to dry out by mid-afternoon.
Looking further ahead, it seems winter is making at least one last stand. Cullen warned the weather will be much colder this week than it has been in recent weeks and that the National Weather Service can’t rule out further days of wintery conditions in Portland and the surrounding area.