Snow falls –and sticks — in parts of county




After flirting with Clark County for days, Mother Nature showed her colder side, leaving a dusting of snow around the Vancouver area and somewhere between three and five inches in higher elevations. Slushy roads and white lawns lingered for a few hours, but now it would seem our snow fix is over.

The next couple of days will see daytime highs in the mid-40s to low 50s with a chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Despite the Thursday morning snowfall, things around the county were pretty calm.

Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, with Clark County Fire & Rescue, said that about two inches of snow on the ground near Ridgefield early this morning quickly melted away.

Things were “surprisingly calm,” he said. “Not even a fender bender.”

Capt. Kevin Murray with the Vancouver Fire Department said he hadn’t heard of any weather-related crashes either.

The Washougal School District canceled classes for the day, as did some schools in the Battle Ground district.

Spokesman Gregg Herrington said some of the regular routes in the east part of the Battle Ground district go up to 1,200 feet in elevation.

Others districts around the county started late, with a few buses on snow routes. There was no snow day, or even a late start, for students in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts, however.

C-Tran temporarily suspended two routes due to snow on the roads, but returned to normal service by 9 a.m.