A cold front sure took its time but finally moved through early Saturday morning and brought much cooler temperatures. Our high temperature occurred around 1 a.m. at 51 degrees and then dropped into the 40s for a good share of the day. We did bump 50 degrees at 5 p.m., about the time those gusty easterly winds began.
We have a beautiful day today after a chilly morning. Highs today may not reach 50 degrees despite plenty of sunshine. Tonight, as east winds decrease and with a dry and cold air mass over us, expect early-morning lows Monday to be in the 20s everywhere, even in downtown Vancouver.
Eastern Washington received the brunt of the storm with a new snow record in Spokane on Friday. They had their snowiest October day ever with 6.8 inches as of 11 p.m. Friday. The previous all-time record was 5.9 inches on Oct. 22, 1957. This caused numerous car accidents and power outages, not to mention falling trees.
Locally, our cool-down will be short-lived as we expect highs near 60 degrees on Wednesday and overnight lows moving upward on the thermometer. The nearest chance of measurable rain will wait until later Thursday or Friday. However, we may remain dry. Mixed signals from forecast models again.
I have read several folks’ feelings on this winter’s weather. Matt Zaffino at KGW has a bottom-line statement: “The key word is variety. I expect an active, stormy winter, with the potential for lots of different kinds of storms. It’s still 2020, the year of the weird. I don’t think we should expect it to end, or 2021 to begin, any differently than that.”
I will share more this week. Meanwhile, keep warm and enjoy the sunshine.