Winter weather hits Columbia County; more to come this weekend
A weather front hit the Pacific Northwest on Monday evening, bringing a light dusting of snow to Columbia County. And more winter weather is likely on its way.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service was forecasting light snow accumulations on Thursday night heading into Friday, Feb 8, with accumulations up to an inch.
Weather forecasters indicate another influx of snow Friday night into Saturday as well, and cold overnight temperatures could mean icy roads and dangerous travel conditions.
"A more significant weather system will arrive Friday night and Saturday. Snow levels are expected to rise during the day Friday, with precipitation likely to fall as mainly rain below 1000 feet through much of Friday night. However, snow levels will be lowering again by early Saturday morning and will potentially be hovering between sea level and 1000 feet through much of Saturday and Saturday night," a special weather statement from the National Weather Service stated, in part.
While much of the upcoming weather forecasts show high variability in how much snow could accumulate locally, the county received some snowfall this week and experienced chilly overnight temperatures.
Data from the National Weather Service show Scappoose Industrial Airpark received 0.03 inches of measurable snowfall in the early hours Monday.
On Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, the St. Helens School District had a two-hour delay to start the school day.
While daytime temps during the week were sufficiently warm to melt most of the snow heading into Tuesday, overnight lows still prompted caution.
The Columbia County Warming Center opened its doors three-nights in a row from Monday to Wednesday when overnight lows were in the mid-20s. The volunteer-staffed shelter usually opens its doors when the overnight lows are predicted to drop below freezing.
The most recent weather data and emergency weather notices can be obtained on the National Weather Service website, weather.gov.