Weather Eye: Forecasters’ extra day of winter will bring chilly conditions

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Normally Feb. 28 would be the last official day of winter for us weather and climate folks but hey, we get an extra day this year, so winter will continue into Wednesday.

The weather will certainly feel winterlike as well, with low snow levels and blustery conditions. Gale winds will be blowing at the coast and more heavy snow in the Cascades and snow in our higher elevations. Maybe that groundhog was right, six more weeks of winter?

Temperatures overnight Monday into early Tuesday were forecast to drop below freezing ahead of another chilly weather system from the Gulf of Alaska. This means February will go out about the same way March will arrive, kind of like a lion. Can you hear its roar?

Yes, officially the calendar and the position of our planet say spring is still three weeks away, but we all know the weather never follows the calendar. Look at last summer, it seemed like it took forever to get here and, well, didn’t last all that long. Our cold and wet winter predicted by many took its time getting here. For a while it looked like December would be one of the driest ever. A couple good rain storms took care of that.

Some early snows in the Cascades looked to be very promising but a disappointment there until recently. Washington’s Cascades are doing better than those in Oregon. But we know good snows can continue for a couple of months yet.

Tuesday evening the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society will meet from 7-9 p.m. at KPTV Channel 12 Studios, 14975 N.W. Greenbrier Parkway, Beaverton, Ore. “Summertime Lightning Forecasting in Oregon and Washington” will be the topic presented by guest speaker John Saltenberger, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service meteorologist. The public is invited.

Well enough of weather here, keep warm. I know I will be bundled up. Enjoy your week.

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