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Clark County digs out from snowstorm despite freezing temps

By William Seekamp, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 24, 2023, 7:24am
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The melt-refreeze cycle created impressive icicles on this parked vehicle in Clark County on Friday. Although there was sunshine and several hours of above-freezing temperatures on Friday, below-freezing temperatures on Saturday night and Sunday morning are expected to bring snow to Clark County.
The melt-refreeze cycle created impressive icicles on this parked vehicle in Clark County on Friday. Although there was sunshine and several hours of above-freezing temperatures on Friday, below-freezing temperatures on Saturday night and Sunday morning are expected to bring snow to Clark County. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

After a day of sun, blue skies and several hours of above-freezing temperatures on Friday, Clark County is not out of the clear yet.

A cold front is expected to bring 1 to 4 inches of snow to Vancouver and 3 to 6 inches to Amboy from Saturday night through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

“At this point in time, it could be a rain-snow mix early Saturday night, but I think the air mass will be chilly enough to go right back over to snow,” said Clinton Rockey, a meteorologist for the service.

Sunday is expected to be overcast with below-freezing temperatures in the morning, meaning it might not be until Sunday afternoon when the snow starts to melt, Rockey said.

Temperatures at night will hover around freezing through the middle of next week creating the potential for snow to mix with the rain, but if that happens it likely won’t stick around.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is preparing for potential freezing temperatures and snow Saturday night and Sunday morning by continuing to work around the clock treating roadways in advance of freezing temperatures.

One issue for crews working to clear roads through Friday was the snow drift caused by high winds and the light weight of the snow, said Kaley McLachlan-Burton, community engagement and inclusion manager for Clark County Public Works. Snow drift is expected to be less likely this weekend with the winds decreasing, the weather service said.

“Although we are enjoying the sunshine, we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Kelly Hanahan, WSDOT assistant communications manager.

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