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Weather Eye: Warm front brings rain, higher freezing level

Outside of it being on the cool side of things, Monday turned out quite nice. Did you get a chance to get outside and take a walk? Fresh snow on the foothills to our east, a few puffy cumulus clouds here and there and even a few reports of snowflakes or graupel floating gently downward from one of those clouds.

Earlier, in the wee hours of Monday morning, some locations in the county had a light dusting of snow. Some had a half-inch to an inch and others no dusting but subtle truth of falling snow. Do you want to make a snowman? Hardly enough but I had one family near Amboy who sent me a picture of a 12-inch-tall snowman from a shallow amount upon the deck.

Fortunately, the clouds that brought light precipitation early Monday were a blessing as temperatures would have been in the 20s with icy streets otherwise. Overnight Monday night into this morning skies were expected to be mainly clear ,so frosty this morning and perhaps areas of freezing fog. But hey, it’s still winter, right?

Clouds will increase today as a warm front heads our way with clouds, rain and snow in the mountains. Freezing levels do jump and rain will be expected above 5,000 feet within a day or two. Heavy rain will fall along the coastal strip and into the Willapa Hills with 2 to 4 inches of precipitation. Rivers will rise once again.

So hang up the winter coat and don the raincoat again as we juggle our attire to keep up with the ever-changing weather. I expect about an inch of rain this week here in the city and upward of 2 inches in our wetter outlying areas and foothills.

Cooler air will arrive Saturday afternoon with possible light snow once again in the foothills. The cooldown will be brief, however, as we head into next week.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Vancouver had .26 of an inch of rain recorded this month, about .30 of an inch below normal. Our average mean temperature was spot on at 43 degrees. So back to rain it is as we look forward to chatting on Thursday.


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