Weather Eye: Unlikely we’ll get white Christmas



Patrick Timm

With less than a week to go before Christmas Day, Mother Nature is poised to wrap up a Christmas tease for us. After some moderate to heavy rain today you will feel the drop in temperatures later on as a vigorous cold front passes by. Showers linger Wednesday, mainly over the mountains. Highs will be slowly dropping into the 30s Thursday through Christmas Day.

Heavy snow is expected in the mountains today, falling eventually down to the foothills in east county and in the coastal mountains. Good news for ski resorts. As we discussed here the other day, colder weather is on tap with gusty east winds and lows in the teens and 20s and highs mainly in the 30s later in the week. It will be colder, as usual, in the wind-protected areas.

A weak weather disturbance drops off our coast on Friday and could produce a few scattered rain or snow showers. Best chance would be along the coast; however, that may change. Certainly no white Christmas at this point. This weather pattern is in the transitioning stage, so adjustments may be needed. The exact amount of cold air that reaches Clark County could be 5 or 10 degrees warmer or colder than I’m thinking right now. We will address that in Thursday’s column.

Monday’s balmy high of 52 will be the warmest for quite some time under the new weather pattern. Dry weather will probably last throughout the remainder of the month, after the current rain is completed.

As of 4 p.m. Monday Vancouver’s rainfall was running 3.40 inches below average for the month. Even with an inch of rain out of this storm we could still be in the top five driest Decembers. With the cool air last week, we are running 2 degrees below normal on the average mean temperature. The upcoming cold snap will bump that a few degrees.

So now is a good time to do any cold weather needs: pipes wrapped, faucets covered, etc. I’ll share last month’s rainfall on Thursday as we place an extra layer of clothing on and brace for winter’s wrath. After all, the official start of winter is Thursday at 8:28 a.m.

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