Weather Eye Like the snow Saturdays warm weather wont stick around
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Finally, on Saturday we had some strong, gusty winds from off the ocean bringing that 50-degree ocean water temperature inland. A few sun breaks helped, as well. It sure felt like spring, didn’t it?Most snow has melted away at lower elevations, except in the foothills where the melting snow is taking a slower course. Freezing levels remain low. Another storm drops in today for heavy mountain snow and later on, more foothill snow. Late tonight and early Monday morning we could see some snowflakes in the air at low elevations. Nothing expected to stick unless on grassy surfaces.The remainder of the week looks cool and damp with plenty of new snow in the mountains, including the higher coast range peaks. No snow is expected in the lowlands.Weather watcher Ellen Smart above the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge reported the frogs were still croaking the other day when it was snowing and 31 degrees. She also said the robins lingered all winter due to mild temperatures. I bet they wish they were a few miles south where it was warmer this past week!Saturday was the first day since Tuesday to have afternoon temperatures get out of the 30s. It’s about time, I would say. Vancouver had a record-breaking low of 20 degrees Wednesday morning. The old record of 23 degrees was set in 1975. Western Washington saw dozens of record cold temperatures this past week.