We woke this morning in the central Willamette valley with several inches of snow on the ground and more on the way. The last time I recall this much snow in the valley was December 2008. And now, while much of the country is undergoing a heat wave, we are having the kind of wintry weather that rarely comes our way.
They originally called for the storm to snow a little overnight mixed with rain and then change to all rain. Weatherunderground is far behind on this storm, calling for 3" total when we are already well beyond that. Local reports are now calling for 8" to fall in Eugene with more coming the next few days. Given how weather here generally flows it wouldn't be surprising to have rain this afternoon that makes things a slushy mess, then more snow at night. I doubt the overall accumulation the next few days will be significant, just cold and messy.
The one "benefit" is that it gives me a break from listening to Limbaugh - KPNW isn't coming in at all today. They claim on their website to be on the air so I guess its just the atmospheric conditions that aren't letting their signal reach Harrisburg. (There are other local stations that are down, some areas have lost power. The lights here have flickered a few times this morning but we're still OK.) And so, it will be a morning of emailing sponsors and other such activities. If any other locals would like to join me in this snow-day activity there are plenty of contacts listed in my most recent Flush Rush action diary.