Weather Eye: Snow in the hills, a few flakes below through weekend

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I mentioned here a long while ago that if we were to see any snowflakes again this winter, it would be the last week of February. Whether you like it or not, that came true for many Clark County residents early Saturday morning.

Although those in the lowlands saw only wet snow or a mixture of rain and snow, the higher elevations became a wintry scene quite quickly. Weather observer Murphy Dennis near Clark County Rifles had 5.25 inches of snow on the ground at 3 p.m. Saturday. Phil Delany above Dole Valley had 4 inches of snow Saturday, with snow showers continuing.

Just about anyone above 600 feet in elevation had at least some snow on the ground. The outlook calls for more snow or rain showers Sunday, ending by Monday morning. The rest of the upcoming week looks rather chilly, with low-elevation snow possible. So we may not be out of the woods yet, and will most likely get another repeat or two of Saturday’s weather. Any clearing at night will push lows below freezing, so factor that in as well.

You may remember that last year at this time we were in the midst of a cold spell much colder than this, with modified arctic air. The current episode is more of a maritime polar air mass, cold air that traveled south over the ocean and then inland. With this setup and considering how late in the season it is, good sticking snow at city levels is unlikely. And if any does fall, daytime heating would melt it rather quickly.

Meanwhile, over here in the islands, the weather is, hmm, about 40 degrees warmer. As much as I like snow, I am kind of enjoying the warmth. We saw our first rain here in Kona on Friday for all of maybe 20 minutes. We’ve also seen some clouds, sunshine and fog over the ocean, temperatures in the low 80s during the day and in the 60s at night. I may have to make a February trip to Hawaii an annual affair.

It will be a change for sure when I step off the plane this week back home. Aloha!

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