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Sunday, March 3, 2024
March 3, 2024

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Weather Eye: Cool, clear conditions to continue for several days

By , Columbian freelance columnist

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with the beautiful weather we enjoyed. Mostly clear skies framed this year’s holiday. It was cool, however, with reports of morning frost. Vancouver dipped to 32 degrees early Thursday.

We can expect more pleasant weather for the next several days with frosty conditions overnight and sunny weather during the day. Easterly winds will pick up this weekend, adding a brisk feel to the air outside. Highs will be about normal for this time of the year, which is 50 degrees. The upcoming week will see cooler daytime highs in the 40s and more cloudiness. Any significant rain holds off until early December.

Friday morning the overnight low dropped to 27 degrees here in Vancouver, making it the coldest since the deep freeze of Feb. 24, when we recorded a low of 18 degrees. So, what was the coldest temperature so far this year? On Jan. 30 we dipped to 17 degrees. I expect some chilly weather in December, so we’ll see how cold it gets.

The rainfall still stands at 4.79 inches in Vancouver and with little to no rain forecast until December we will not make it to the usual average of 5.51 inches. There are some forecast models that show a slight chance of a little light rain Wednesday but as of this writing, the odds are slim.

We will see lowering freezing levels late next week and I expect the storm track to be more active and give us rain and good mountain snow. Snow could fall to our foothills in that first week of December. A while back I gave you my winter outlook and called for a cool and wet December with good chances of lowland snow. Plenty of cold air gathering in the far north right now maybe setting the stage?

We certainly need the snow in the mountains as the ski season, which normally starts this weekend, is delayed. At least holiday travelers will have no difficulties traveling home on Sunday.

It was noted that Seattle has only had three dry Thanksgiving weekends in the past 50 years. Dry indeed. We’ll chat on Tuesday.

Columbian freelance columnist