PORTLAND -- As of Thursday morning this month was the third-driest February on record at Portland International Airport, but rain moving through the area could change that by afternoon.
The driest February on record was in 1993, when .72 inches had fallen at PDX. The third-driest was in 1988, with 1.17 inches. Thursday morning the total was 1.11 inches. But KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said rain in the valley would increase as a warm front moves through.
Areas of rain continue to move in at the coast with the heaviest stuff around Astoria. Inland the most consistent rain is around Kelso and into the gorge with some rain shadow going on in the valley, Allard said.
The snow level Thursday morning was around 7,000 feet this morning, Timberline Lodge was seeing some rain. Allard said the Cascades could see 1.5 inches by the end of the day.
Even if PDX doesn't see the third-driest February, March should be off to a good start; dry weather Friday was expected, with high temps in the lower 60s.
And the spring outlook shows that though the next few months will probably be cool, they will likely be drier than usual.
The rainiest February on record was in 1996, when PDXsaw 10.03 inches.