Weather Eye: Winter trying to hang on before arrival of spring Thursday

By Patrick Timm, Columbian weather columnist

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There was a little luck of the Irish during those sun breaks and even a few rainbows Monday. Don't know about that pot of gold. It was chilly for St. Patrick's Day, with snow down to the 1,000-foot level at times. Ice pellets and snow pellets were observed around the county. Plenty of green down here for us, while the higher foothills were sporting a coat of white.

Winter is still trying to hang on before spring rolls in at 9:57 a.m. Thursday. We will see more rain or showers today and Wednesday as a couple more weather systems come our way. With cold air in place, snow levels today will be down to the foothills again for a short while. I don't expect problems here in the lowlands, unless we had clearing overnight allowing road surfaces to freeze over if any rain should move in. Remote chance but worth mentioning.

The incoming rain does not look as heavy as we had, and things should start drying toward the weekend. Maybe another nice, dry weekend?

I'd recorded 4.25 inches of rain here in Salmon Creek so far this month as of 5 p.m. Monday, and we have two weeks to go. Vancouver is right at 4 inches. Our friends in Seattle have measured almost twice that. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 7.69 inches had fallen at Sea-Tac. That is an amazing amount for the Emerald City. And more rain to come!

All that water from the sky kind of ties in with the National Weather Service declaring this week as National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Go to the Portland office web site for more information at www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr.


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