Weather Eye: Snow, sleet, freezing rain pose a threat to region this weekend




The countdown begins: two days until the start of the meteorological spring; ten days until daylight savings time begins; 21 days until the vernal equinox (first day of spring); and for you sports fans, 32 days until major league baseball begins. Lots to look forward to, yes?

Spring is just around the corner and trees and shrubs are beginning to bud out, at least those that didn’t succumb to the harsh cold weather we had this winter.

And speaking of cold, yes, we have yet another potential bout of winter weather just in time as the merry month of March rolls in. If some computer models are correct, we could get a brief blast of cold air down through the Columbia River Gorge as modified arctic air fills the Columbia basin beginning late Friday. At the same time, models forecast moisture at times, which could give those areas that are saturated enough with the cold dry air some wintry precipitation. Okay, I use the four letter word — snow.

Nothing is certain as I write this column Wednesday afternoon, so stay tuned for the latest as the forecast gets fine-tuned for the weekend.

Last weekend, cold air made it to northern Washington and Puget Sound. That possibility also exists to our north this time.

Bottom line — cooler and windy weather this weekend and a risk of snow, sleet, freezing rain or at least plain old rain Saturday through Monday.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and give a precise forecast. Highs Sunday in the 30s? I am waiting for, let’s say, 65-70 degrees.

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