Weather Eye: It's not a trick; weather should be cool treat tonight

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist


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Trick or treat! Will our weather be fair? Aw, it's still up in the air. But hard to beat.

After some light showers expected earlier Thursday, trick-or-treat time should be dry and cool with temperatures falling into the 40s by dark. I believe the last five years or so we have had some rain on Halloween.

We get a break on Friday before more clouds and rain usher in off the Pacific. This time however, the rain will be heavier and snow will fall in the Cascades and Olympics. After the front Saturday, a good west to northwesterly flow sets up with plenty of orthographic lift to bring 1 to 2 feet of snow in the mountains by the end of the weekend.

Snow levels will start out around Timberline but fall to Government Camp and below so if traveling over the passes, especially Saturday night or Sunday, factor that in. It will be winter in the mountains.

I mentioned this to one of my friends heading out elk hunting this weekend and he was tickled pink. The snow at higher elevations brings the animals down to lower elevations. Good luck to all the hunters out there and dress for cold and wet weather this weekend.

As November rolls in, it appears the first two weeks will be cool and wet with snow in the mountains. Typical November weather with no big storms on the horizon yet, but I expect as things get going we will be rocking and rolling.

With not much rain expected in the rain bucket before midnight tonight, October will go into the record books as a dry and cool month. Wednesday afternoon we were close to 2 inches below average of rainfall. The past several mornings have added to that cool record with lows in most outlying areas in the 20s and near freezing in the city. I think that took care of a few annoying pests like yellow jackets and stink bug.

See you in November!

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