Weather Eye: Brief return of rain will precede more warm weather later this week

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Not much change in our weather outlook from what I predicted on Thursday, we enjoyed a couple of warm days with the changes beginning to show on Saturday. Clouds were increasing and a few showers were likely overnight with a more steady rain later this evening or by some time tonight.

This cold front will bring in cooler air with highs struggling to reach 60 degrees on Monday and into the low 60s Tuesday. Timberline Lodge will see a little snowfall on Monday. As skies clear Monday night we will see lows back down in the 30s once again with possible light frost in the colder areas.

It appears that our first 80 degree day may well occur this coming week if we get a good southerly flow aloft, that may happen by Thursday. It will be short lived however as we slide closer to seasonal highs Friday through the weekend. That is a ways out so things could change so stay tuned. When did we reach our first 80-degree day last year? Read on.

Unless we get more rain than I am thinking as of this writing we most likely will end the month of April with below average rainfall. The first week of May looks on the dry side of thing as well.

I was looking at the climate outlook the next three months and the latest forecast for our region is for rainfall to continue below average. Temperatures could vary and be above or below average. We'll just take what we get ha ha!

Last year, we enjoyed the first 80-degree high temperature on April 22nd. Enjoy your week everyone!

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