Weather Eye: Cooler days arrive; holiday travelers may see some snow

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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It was a much cooler start to the day on Wednesday, with a see-your-breath kind of thing heading out to work in the early morning. The well-advertised cold front moved through overnight and lowered our afternoon highs into the 50s Wednesday. Further cooling will occur today and Friday with highs struggling to hit 50 degrees.

Rainfall amounts were on the light side and any rain today and Friday will be as well, with most of the moisture staying offshore and heading south into California. There will be some snow at pass levels and below. The weekend at this point looks cool and dry with maybe more rain late Sunday. The timing may be a ways off but that is the best I can throw out as of Wednesday afternoon.

In Sunday's column I will give last month's rainfall from your friends and neighbors. Most are pretty impressive for October. November appears to be cool and drier than average for a while, maybe changing midmonth. The weather next week could go two ways, wet and cool or cold and wet. This translates to snow levels at pass levels or higher or at relatively low levels, maybe down to 1,000 feet at times around Nov. 14 or 15.

If you are making travel plans that include driving over the mountain passes for Thanksgiving I would count on some snow to be falling. That is my long-range prediction. Whether there will be enough snow for the ski season to start over Thanksgiving remains up in the air, but of course it only takes a couple of good storms, so stay tuned.

Despite the heavy rainfall locally in October, the first seven days in November we have only tallied one-half inch of rain by 5 p.m. Wednesday. That is one half-inch below average. Goodness, maybe we are heading toward another roller-coaster winter. The ups and downs in weather world I guess.

See you on Sunday, keep warm!

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