Weather Eye: Snow and cold could return to our area in weeks to come
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Finally, everyone received a snow cover all the way down to the lowest elevations. And in many areas it was very heavy. Amounts above 500 to 1,000 feet in Clark County ranged from 12 to 30 inches. Across the metro area, 2 to 5 inches were common.
The heavy rain Tuesday evening sure changed over to snow in a hurry and was heavy enough to cover things up in short order. But alas, warm southerly breezes took over, and by Wednesday afternoon it was rather balmy in the lower 50s. However, the rest of the Evergreen State was locked in a very cold air mass.
Seattle and other parts of the Puget Sound region barely made it to 30 degrees, and Bellingham remained in the teens Tuesday. Heavy snow fell from Centralia to Olympia, with 15 to 20 inches reported there.
Things will return to a more normal weather pattern, with storms reaching us almost every day. The cold air for now will remain to the north. Now that La Niña is back on the tracks and pushing steam, we could return to another round of snow and cold in 7 to 12 days, so stay tuned. It isn’t over yet, folks.
There was plenty of news coverage about the storm, so I am not going to repeat a ton of statistics, but there were winds over 100 mph hitting the Oregon Coast, coastal mountain passes closed due to down trees, and local flooding from the heavy rains and melting snow. I noticed Salmon Creek was at bank full conditions and the color of rich gravy Wednesday afternoon. (OK, it is almost dinner time).
There is plenty to write home about after weeks and weeks of nothing noteworthy. And I am sure there will be plenty more to add to your journal in the weeks to come. Keep dry, and I will see you Sunday!
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.