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Weather Eye: Upcoming week milder; try to see Full Snow Moon

Saturday was one of those typical winter days, showery and cool. The cold front that passed through the county Friday evening around 8 p.m. was a doozy. Strong winds, heavy rain and even some hail. Glad it didn’t last too long.

It did bring in the cooler air we were talking about the other day, however, the upcoming week looks milder than earlier forecast charts. Thank goodness the cold air will stay east of us. We should be fairly dry for the next few days with a chance of rain later in the week. We will see highs around 50 degrees.

A good probability of cold and frosty conditions Monday morning when you head out the door. Any rain we receive this week will be on the lighter side of things. Northern Washington had some impressive flooding last week so Puget Sound is looking forward to the lighter weather fare for sure.

With some clearing overnight Friday and Saturday night, you may have been lucky enough to see the Full Snow Moon. Nice and bright. Last year around this time, we had a few bouts of snow. On February 8, 2014, I was measuring nearly 16 inches of snow at my house in Salmon Creek. Amounts around 12 inches were common near downtown Vancouver and to the east. Strong downslope easterly winds provided the western portions of Clark County a windfall of sorts in the snow department. The foothills had a third of that in that go around.

So, you can see February can bring us snow and ice and subfreezing high temperatures. However, I certainly don’t see any of that on the horizon. We may escape the rest of winter without any much in the way of snowfall. I am almost thinking about removing my winter tires off my car. Of course, that may jinx our mild weather so don’t worry, I’ll wait a couple of weeks just in case.

Can you believe Vancouver is running close to an inch below average of rainfall so far this month? After last month we need a break anyway. Take good care, we’ll chat on Tuesday.


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