Weather Eye: It could be feast or famine with our local weather

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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Looking at the satellite photo late Wednesday afternoon it looks like a stack of noodles with bands of moisture strewn across the Pacific and moving in a most awkward configuration. One low is moving westward, another eastward and to the south and yet another moving eastward to our north.

So where does that put us? Neither at the main course, dessert or even appetizers. We are still waiting to be served. OK, a tease of an appetizer presents itself today for more clouds and a few sprinkles here and there. We wait until later on Friday for things to get rolling.

Forecast charts show a good cold storm that will dump a foot or more of snow in the mountains and that includes some as pass levels. Factor that in if you are driving east on Friday and Saturday. Snow levels are predicted to drop to 2,500 feet, the lowest so far. That means our higher foothills to the east will get a dusting of snow.

How long will this last? That is a good question. Initially things were to get dry and warm early next week, but looking at forecast models at this writing we could get more cool and damp weather. That means snow in the mountains but stay tuned.

Another one of those roller coaster weather rides. We should live in an amusement park. At least you can chuckle at those ever-changing seven-day weather outlooks on your favorite TV channel as they keep changing each day.

Meanwhile, the hazy sunshine was nice yesterday after the fog burned off. Boy one could really see how low in the sky the sun is now. Weak sunshine means not much warming.

I'm still hoping for a white Thanksgiving (in the mountains and east side). I know the ski enthusiasts are keeping a close weather eye.

Many residents have taken advantage of the mild and dry days this month to put up their outside Christmas lights. Better than doing it in the rain, that's for sure. I'm sure we will have a few more dry days before Thanksgiving for another opportunity.

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