Some winters we get snow...and some winters we don't. When we do is is often forecast...but it can be a surprise

DAVID F. ASHTON - All of Inner Southeast Portland experienced a dusting of unexpected snowflakes on the morning of February 24th - including here, in Woodstock Park. Even those who checked the weather forecast the evening before didn't have an inkling that that morning, Inner Southeast Portland would be dusted with an the unexpected mid-winter snowflakes on Thursday, February 24th.

"Depending on where you were, east of the Willamette River the snow ranged between a dusting and about half-inch," was the report that morning from National Weather Service Meteorologist Colby Neuman. "We had a cold stretch February 22nd and 23rd, with frigid air coming down from Canada giving us high temperatures in the 30s and lows in the low 20s in some areas.

"It was a bit of a surprise on the 24th, because the weather models indicated that the threat of snow would stay well north of our area; then, only hours before it started, models started indicating snowfall."

Because the temperatures were expected to (and did) rise, weather models forecast that not much precipitation would fall, Neuman explained. "But the cold dropped down into our area, and that light precipitation led to a widespread dusting of snow."

Sadly, not enough snow accumulated for a day off from school for kids to sled and build snow castles -- but fortunately it was also not enough to cause traffic problems for commuters.

"From what we can tell, this is likely our last snow of this season," suggested Neuman. But Portland has seen snow occasionally as late as April, so who knows.

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