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March 3, 2024

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Weather Eye: Thanksgiving is shaping up to be dry, cool day

By , Columbian freelance columnist
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Thanksgiving week has arrived, and many will be traveling during the Wednesday-Sunday time frame. Outside of a little light rain early Wednesday, conditions will be favorable for the highway. There will be some areas of fog in the valleys and a chance of icy spots in shady areas over the passes. Nothing impactful.

After a weak front goes through tonight and Wednesday, high pressure builds offshore, and we will have cool and dry weather through the Thanksgiving weekend. You will notice temperatures getting colder with northerly winds. Overnight lows in calm areas will be below freezing with frost. Locally in Vancouver we will see easterly winds coming down the Gorge, keeping fog at bay.

Highs will drop a little below normal to the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. Lows in the upper 20s and low 30s. Mostly sunny skies will shine for the holiday weekend. Our monthly rainfall stands at 4.55 inches with little additional for the month expected. We’ll see how much ends up in the rain gauge on Wednesday. Dry conditions exist into early next week, but another weak weather system may add a little moisture by month’s end.

The average mean temperature is running about 2 degrees above normal but with much cooler weather on the way we’ll be close to average by the weekend.

The weather system that brought a third of an inch of rain over the weekend in Vancouver produced a lackluster amount of snow in the Cascades. Ski resorts were hoping for a good dumping but only a few inches fell at the higher elevations. No general opening for Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes. Will have to wait a bit longer.

Twelve years ago I was writing about record cold in Alaska where even the North Pole had a record for the date of 42 degrees below zero. Some of that cold made it down to Clark County with snowflakes mixing in with the rain on Nov. 19, 2011. The mountains had a few feet of snow and planned to open before Thanksgiving.

Enjoy today and we shall chat on Thanksgiving. For the skiers and snowboarders out there, better think and pray for that mountain snow.

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Columbian freelance columnist