Strong rain surge to bring mountain snow

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Clark County continues to see a strong surge of rain to end an otherwise dry December, though flooding generally hasn’t been a problem in the Vancouver area.

Vancouver recorded 0.67 inch of rain both Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, bringing December’s total over 2 inches. The first 26 days of the month saw only 0.34 inch of rainfall combined, threatening to make 2011 the driest December on record.

The weather service had issued a statement earlier this week warning that some rivers and streams could rise rapidly due to the returning rainfall. But those warnings were lifted by Friday.

Earlier relatively warm weather systems had given way to much cooler temperatures by Friday night.

Heavy snowfall was expected to fall on mountain passes in both Washington and Oregon, prompting the weather service to issue a winter storm warning for much of the Cascade Mountains.

Forecasters predict mostly dry weather in Vancouver this weekend, with at least a chance of rain returning next week. Temperatures should hover mostly in the 40s.