Today's snow stays on the hills, in the Gorge

Weather advisory in effect, but snow unlikely in metro area

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Updated: December 19, 2012, 6:01 AM

 

Our two-day flirtation with a snowstorm in the greater Vancouver area appears to be over.

It was too warm -- 38 degrees at Pearson Field at 4:53 a.m. -- and too dry -- only a trace of cold rain was falling -- for snow to make much of an impact on the morning commute.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m., when temperatures are expected to rise. Until then, rain showers may be mixed with snowflakes.

However, the advisory predicts any accumulating snow will be limited to elevations above 500 feet, which in Clark County would include Yacolt and the Hockinson Hills.

Late Tuesday afternoon, it had looked like an inch or two of that snow might fall as low as the valley floor.

Either way the prospects for a snow day for schoolchildren were limited. Most public schools are dismissed until after New Year. Two private schools, Columbia Adventist Academy and Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary, have announced late starts today.

Woodland schools announced bus Route 67 will not travel North Dubois, Route 90 will not travel Little Kalama River Road, and Route 96 will not travel Shirley Gordon Road.

It's a different situation in the Columbia River Gorge, where public schools are closed due to weather, and on mountain passes. Check the Washington State Department of Transportation's website or app, or the Oregon Department of Transportation's TripCheck site, before setting off for points east and west.

Flying? The weather didn't appear to be having any effect at Portland International Airport where flights got off to mostly on-time starts this morning.

There's an Alaska Airlines flight to Honolulu at 7:15 a.m., and an 11 a.m. flight to Maui.