Weather Eye: Forecast not exciting for area weather

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Not a whole lot on the horizon weather wise after some showers today. The weekend still looks dry with seasonal temperatures, nothing to write home about in our neck of the woods, for sure.

For those venturing up into the mountains be sure and always check the avalanche conditions if you leave controlled ski areas. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is very popular but this time of the year — with a swing in freezing levels and on-again, off-again precipitation -- can make backcountry travel very hazardous.

Last February in our state four people died because of avalanches. On Feb. 19, 2012 there were three major ones. An avalanche near Tunnel Creek outside Stevens Pass killed three backcountry skiers. Another avalanche near Alpental Ski Area killed a snowboarder. If heading out check the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.

I mentioned earlier that a few forecast models were hinting at colder weather the last half of the month. They have now come around to milder conditions. So the chances of an arctic blast is just about gone, making this the second winter in a row without the deep freeze.

That's OK; I am more than ready for spring. If we aren't going to get any snow then bring it on. We usually get a string of 60-degree-plus weather in February, a teaser of spring. However I don't see that happening quite yet either, so dullsville in the weather department.

I can imagine forecasters in a weather office with their feet up on the desk like the Maytag repairman, ha, ha! There is plenty of weather action across the rest of the nation with winter hanging on in many regions.

Sunday we look back at the local rainfall amounts. Enjoy the quiet.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Weather Systems.