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Weather Eye: Rain on tap for weekend, but warm weather on horizon

By Patrick Timm, Columbian freelance columnist
Published: May 4, 2024, 5:56am

As I wrote this column late Friday afternoon, the clouds to the west had thickened and rain was beginning to fall from the dark clouds overhead. And, as you read this today it will still be raining at some intensity before turning to showers late today and continuing into Sunday.

Rainfall amounts were expected to be between 1 and 2 inches around the county by the end of the weekend with more in the foothills. Snow levels were expected to be near the timberline in the Cascades but falling rapidly later today. Snow will be falling through Sunday near the mountain passes.

With unsettled weather continuing Monday and Tuesday the higher ski resorts could pick up between 2 and 3 feet of new snow. I noticed Friday before the clouds lowered that Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood were solid white down to lower elevations. That will ensure snowcap peaks for some time to come.

The warm and dry spell that we were straining our eyes beyond the horizon for late next week looked like it would be a little delayed but forecast models had a big consensus and now as of Friday afternoon all agree we will have summerlike weather after the showers clear out next week.

Highs are expected to be in the 70s by Thursday and believe it or not into the 80s Friday and next weekend. That is a ways out yet but for sure it would be our warmest weather so far this year. The warmest high temperature this year in Vancouver was 76 degrees once in March and twice in April. I wonder what 80 or 85 degrees will feel like? Looks like shorts, sunglasses and iced tea on the patio for me.

If next Friday we were to jump into the 80s we would still have a ways to go to reach record territory. The record for May 11 is 89 degrees set in 1941. For May 12 it is, well by golly, 90 degrees recorded only last year in 2023. We were in the middle of a real hot spell with four days in a row at 90 degrees or higher, peaking at 93 degrees on May 13, 2023. That proves we can have excessive heat in the early days of May.

Keep dry and enjoy the weekend with whatever you have planned.

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Columbian freelance columnist