Weather Eye: Vancouver has first freeze of season; snow levels to drop Tuesday

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Patrick Timm

Saturday was a near-perfect-picture autumn day, clear skies and sunshine with temperatures close to normal. Overnight lows early Saturday were chilly, with freezing temperatures in most areas in the county.

The exceptions, as is often the case, were locations along the Columbia River exposed to those strong, gusty easterly winds. There, temperatures hovered around 40 degrees. Now, it may be warmer, but actually feels colder with the wind chills. The wind chills with a temperature of 40 degrees and a 30 mph east wind would be a chilly 28 degree.

Vancouver’s overnight low Saturday was 28, the first freeze this season. I recorded 26 degrees in Salmon Creek, and I had a few reports around the Battle Ground area of 23 to 25 degrees; the first really hard freeze of the autumn season.

Another clear and sunny day will present itself today, and those east winds continuing in the Gorge.

A big change in the weather begins Monday as a cold low pressure system drops down from Alaska. We will have some rain or showers later Monday through Tuesday; Snow levels will drop Tuesday down to the 1,000 to 1,500 foot range. This means the foothills to our east will get a dusting of white for the first time this season.

Thanksgiving Day looks sunny and cool with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s, with east winds again.

If you’re going across the Cascades or coastal mountains, there will be fresh snow over the passes, especially Tuesday. Wednesday morning could see snow-covered roadways.

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