Weather Eye: Cold temperatures will hang around for a few more days




Cold enough for you? Wow, those strong east winds in the east Clark County lowered wind chills significantly. Wind speeds of near 100 mph were occurring in the west end of the Columbia River Gorge. The areas out of the wind had very low overnight temperatures. Vancouver officially dropped to 21 degrees but there were reports in the outlying areas of the upper teens.

I noticed small ponds are freezing over and there is still snow on the ground here in the Salmon Creek/Felida neighborhoods. Monday’s snowfall was a cool way to end and start the New Year for sure.

Okay, the weather. Another weak low-pressure system is scheduled to move through today but strong high pressure will shred it apart and, with the east winds, little, if any, moisture was expected to fall. If any does, it wouldn’t be snow this time because there is a warm layer of air above us that would melt any snow that tried to fall. The freezing level Wednesday afternoon was over 9,000 feet.

It will be cold again at night but computer models Wednesday afternoon showed that any moisture arriving would fall in the afternoon or evening when temperatures would be above freezing. The exception would be areas in and near the gorge.

It will be another cold couple of nights Thursday and Friday, then we have another weather system on tap for some time on Sunday. Next week looks to be back to rain and mountain snows with seasonal temperatures.

I noted when looking at Wednesday morning low temperatures that Vancouver’s 21 degrees was the coldest west of the Cascades of the regular reporting stations. We were even one degree colder than Spokane. Looking to the far north, Vancouver was 13 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska. However, they will begin to cool off as we warm up over the next several days.

We will chat again on Sunday and will know by then whether anyone received any rain, ice pellets or freezing rain from today’s weather system. Be safe.

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