Thursday, October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020

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Weather Eye: Week ahead looks chilly, sure to feel like autumn

    

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Today we have a chance of rain showers much like we had Friday. Amounts could be more than we received then, but look to be less than a tenth of an inch.

Monday and Tuesday appear dry, and then we switch to a cooler northwest flow of air Wednesday through the weekend. Snow levels could drop to mountain passes about 4,000 feet. It is uncertain how much precipitation we will get. Right now, I’m thinking light amounts so if snow falls, no worries on the highway.

If we get any overnight clearing during that time, we will see areas of frost. On Thursday Vancouver dipped to a chilly 40 degrees while many locations in the outlying areas were freezing. Yacolt was 32, Battle Ground 34 and Moulton Falls 30. Closer to Vancouver, Jackie Beyea reported frost on the rooftops in the Felida/Salmon Creek area.

You can have frost on rooftops and on cars parked outside due to the quick radiational cooling to space from these surfaces even though an official thermometer at 5 feet off the ground registers a temperature such as 34 or 36 degrees.

Highs will drop into the 50s later in the week and overnight lows in the 30s and 40s. It will feel like autumn outside for sure. I haven’t had the heat on yet but have, on a couple of stormy evenings, turned the gas stove on.

More weather sources have indicated we are in for a chilly and wet winter. That seems like the general consensus so far. In 2020, nothing would surprise me. Maybe we’ll have a white Christmas? Maybe a white Thanksgiving? I’m sure we will have a few odd events that will make us chuckle. Enjoy your week, get out and rake the leaves.

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