Weather Eye: Mountains may get snow as trees here show bud growth

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It looks like the weather through the weekend will be a bit unsettled.

Waves of showers, hail, snow and some blustery winds are forecast for the Cascade and coastal mountains and the foothills. The coast also stands a good chance of getting some strong winds, so it might be a good time for stormwatching, but beware of snow in the coastal passes.

Looking at all of the computer models, it appears the last half of the month will be wetter and cooler than normal weather conditions. But no extreme cold wave is in the works, so we might escape the winter without a damaging freeze, which is good news for farmers and local gardeners.

One reader wrote and said he is planning to plant peas next week, which coincides with George Washington’s birthday. The ground seems a big soggy to me, but well-drained and prepared soil can make a difference.

On Wednesday, I passed a few trees already showing green leaf buds. Nature is getting ready for the change in seasons even though we have a couple weeks left of winter.

With the lengthening of daylight hours and with daylight-saving time beginning March 11, several readers wanted to know where to find sunrise and sunset information. A nice chart is at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/sunmoon.php. Just click the month you want on the Portland line, and it displays a calendar page that’s suitable for printing.

If you are curious about area weather conditions, a link on the Weather Underground site has them, including mine in Salmon Creek. Go to http://tinyurl.com/6ou9ect and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Have a great weekend, keep dry and warm, and we will chat again Sunday.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.