Weather Eye: East winds will whip up clear skies and chilly temperatures




Patrick Timm

It is a good thing I don’t get writer’s block often but thanks to our weather there is always something to write about. Did you get a opportunity to see the fresh snow on Silver Star Monday? Taking a close look, it was adhered tightly to the forest trees up there. Reminded me of flocked Christmas trees.

While we got some chilly rain here locally, as I said the other day the snow wasn’t far away. Just to our north at sea level and just to our east above a thousand feet. Seattle officially had a half-inch of snow Sunday and many other locations up from the water had a few inches.

It wasn’t long ago that we were chatting about the beautiful weather and 70-degree high temperatures. Vancouver’s high Monday was 50 degrees and low 39 degrees. So, what should we expect for this day? A high of 56 degrees and a low of 41 degrees would be average.

Today will be a spectacular day to look at the Cascades and foothills with fresh snow. East winds were developing late Monday and will leave us with crystal-clear skies. It will also be windy in east county. In calm locations lows will be freezing, although of course it will feel colder in the east wind locations.

OK, so what can we expect from the giant weather machine this week? Nice today but another storm is on the horizon. Clouds increase Wednesday with of course more rain following. Snow will fall above the mountain passes and add to our building snowpack.

Showers will linger Thursday and maybe Friday. A break Saturday and then another storm Sunday.

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