Weather Eye: Today will be the week’s warmest before cold Alaska air arrives

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Patrick Timm

Gray and drippy describes the weather of late. Today we are looking at a developing low-pressure system rotating around a low in the Gulf of Alaska. This low will deepen today and swing up the coastline early Monday.

The National Weather Service has a high wind watch for the Oregon and Washington coasts. Winds could gust as up to 65-70 mph. It is a good thing most of the deciduous trees have dropped leaves. Otherwise, more damage could occur.

Heavy rain will accompany the storm, but it may take a while for the main band of rain to move east of the coastal mountains. After this storm, snow levels will gradually lower down to pass levels as the week wears on. A good snow pack above 6,000 feet is in the making right now. Snow will most likely fall on the east slopes of the Cascades. If traveling over the passes later this week, be prepared.

Ski season on the higher slopes will certainly open by Thanksgiving. Timberline is already operating many runs. Another great snow season is in the making. We will watch and see if the trend continues.

Back here in town, Vancouver is still running below average for rainfall this month. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, we had 1.09 inches in the gauge, which is about 1.2 inches below average. We will add to that this week. The average mean temperature is 45.7, nearly three degrees below normal. Cool and somewhat drier than average.

Vancouver only managed a high of 51 yesterday. That is three degrees below average. Today will be the warmest of the next seven days, getting into at least the mid-50s. Later Tuesday, we remain in the 40s for a while as colder air moves in.

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