Weather Eye: Rainy, cooler weather to return to area; Cascades to see snow

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Not a whole lot of weather to discuss here today but we will return with a brief shot of rain later today and most likely some light rain or showers through the weekend. Nothing major but it will be indeed cooler with highs back down into the 50s. And snow will return in light amounts to the Cascades to freshen things up a little.

We managed to escape the heavy Pineapple Express-type moisture as forecast with that event remaining well to our north. Rainfall amounts were pretty much as models predicted, between 5-10 inches in the Olympics and northern Cascades over the period.

Hey, how did you like the high temperature on Wednesday? It almost felt a bit on the muggy side with afternoon temperatures running in the low to mid-60s from Clark County south to Eugene, Ore. So what was the high in Vancouver on Wednesday? Drum roll please, 64 degrees! The warmest since Nov. 4, 2012.

In contrast, from Kelso north to the border it was only in the 50s and barely that throughout Puget Sound.

I always say what a difference a year can make. I was looking at what I wrote a year ago and we were into some heavy weather with drenching rain and highs in the 40s with record-setting snow along the coast. A tidbit: "We could get some low-elevation snowfall again in our surrounding foothills. The heavy snow that fell along the Oregon Coast Monday set many records; imagine Tillamook with 8 inches and Newport 6 inches? Crazy weather! Rainfall totals for Vancouver were over 2.30 inches, well above average."

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