Welcome to the first day of the meteorological winter.
With the forecast of some snow and brief freezing rain overnight into this morning it was quite befitting. Even though we had cold dry air pouring out of the Gorge, warmer air aloft played the major role of keeping serious winter weather at bay.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t go too wild on Black Friday. Maybe some gifts for the weather geeks were purchased and hidden away?
My Thanksgiving was a white one at Sunriver with about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Plenty for sledding and snowshoeing There was snow over Mount Hood and all the way down Central Oregon on the drive over.
Overnight lows there were below zero in many places. Redmond was minus 7 and Sisters minus 11. With cold air in place this weekend east of the Cascades, more snow began falling Saturday night.
The upcoming week here locally looks rather mundane for the first week of December. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s. Not a whole lot of rain either. Freezing levels rise in the 5,000- or 6,000-foot range. Dry until later in the week when a weak weather system brushes us on Wednesday and then a stronger one by Friday.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, November was ending on a dry note. Vancouver has only measured 1.57 inches of rain, 4.10 inches below average as of Saturday afternoon.