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Weather Eye: Sorry, spring breakers: More cold and rain are on tap

By Patrick Timm
Published: March 30, 2023, 6:03am

Good grief! Do I dare say snow levels could drop back to 500 feet (or less) overnight Sunday into Monday?

I shake my head so often now with each forecast model run indicating another shot of cold air. Don’t get me wrong: It’s great news for our mountain snowpack, but here at city levels, we need to get on with spring. April arrives on Saturday.

With a strong cold front arriving Friday, I guess we would have to say March goes out like a lion, with periods of chilly rain and gusty south winds of 25 to 35 mph. Our highs in the upper 40s will feel more like the upper 30s. With spring break beginning for our local schools, it appears cool and wet weather will be in the cards.

If you plan to head to the ocean beaches for spring break, be prepared for snow at times over the coast range passes. Of course, at this time of the year, midday is best for traveling, as roadways tend to melt off or are only slushy.

We can hope for a few dry periods during next week’s spring break, but no promises at this point.

I sure wish I had better news to pass along, but according to government officials, the outlook for the entire month of April calls for continued much-below-normal temperatures and a good chance of above-average precipitation. Get out and soak up any sunbreaks that come along.

Looking at Vancouver’s weather statistics so far this month, it is the coldest in the past two decades. Not one to brag about.

With this incoming cold air mass, I expect the Cascade mountains at pass levels and above could receive between 2 and 3 feet of snow from Friday to Monday. Our local foothills and the coastal mountains could get several inches of snow. Again, during the nighttime hours, we will see a mix of rain and snow. Also expect hail showers during the daytime hours. Hang on to your hat.

Take good care, and we’ll chat in April.