It finally rained. After 15 consecutive days without measurable precipitation, Portland officially recorded 0.27 inches of rain Tuesday.
The good news, whether you like it or not, is the rain continues Wednesday through the early part of Friday. That will bring much-needed relief to areas like the coast which experienced a rare winter-season wildfire last week.
As it rains in the valley, snow will be headed back to the mountains. A cold front will pass Wednesday afternoon and early evening, causing the snow level to drop around the 4,000 foot level. Thus, a winter weather advisory will be issued later this afternoon for snowfall totals that could reach the 8-inch mark. New snow totals through the weekend could be as high as a foot and a half.
A quick morning warm up will help the Gorge thaw out. The final pockets of freezing air will be eroded away by this morning's mild air. That will change any precipitation over to just regular rain by midday.
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