Having fun in the snow? Get ready for plenty more overnight

The National Weather Service says another 4-9 inches of accumulation is possible by Saturday morning in Clark County

CLARK COUNTY — Plenty of people headed out on Friday to enjoy a day off of work or school, seeking out hills to slide down or gathering snow into projectiles to lob at one another.

A bicyclist pedals through snowfall in downtown Vancouver on Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz
A bicyclist pedals through snowfall in downtown Vancouver on Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz

If you’re a snow lover, the National Weather Service in Portland has some good news for you (or bad news, if you’re not into the white stuff): Another 3-9 inches is expected to fall Friday night into Saturday, and whatever accumulates will likely stick around at least through Sunday.

David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland said light snow or sleet should continue through the rest of Friday, then steadily increase overnight through mid-morning on Saturday.

“We’re not really expecting a convective band of precipitation or something like that to develop,” Bishop says. “We’re just more or less expecting a steady amount of precipitation over the time period.”

Crews work to shovel and salt treacherous sidewalks in downtown Vancouver on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Crews work to shovel and salt treacherous sidewalks in downtown Vancouver on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A Vancouver Public Works snow plow clears a snow-covered road downtown on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz
A Vancouver Public Works snow plow clears a snow-covered road downtown on Friday. Photo by Mike Schultz

How much you get could depend on your elevation, or whether a heavier band of precipitation forms over the top of your location. However much you get, there should be plenty to play in come Saturday morning.

A third round of moisture moves through the area on Sunday, said Bishop, but should be lighter and potentially a sleet or freezing rain mix in some locations as warmer air pushes in above the cold being pulled through the Columbia River Gorge. 

Snow made for a treacherous drive along I-5 in Vancouver on Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz
Snow made for a treacherous drive along I-5 in Vancouver on Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz

Sunday’s storm could drop another half inch to an inch of snow on top of what’s already there, said Bishop, before things dry out. By Monday afternoon, another band of warmer precipitation should have scoured most of the cold out of the area, with temperatures climbing into the low 40s and rain returning.

Roadways in Clark County should be mostly snow covered tomorrow morning, but mid-February sunshine, even through the clouds, could be enough to cause some melting on paved surfaces. Overnight freezing could lead to treacherous conditions on Sunday morning.

Marcus Davis and Shareece Allen walk their dogs Ruby and Dante along 33rd Street on a snowy Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz
Marcus Davis and Shareece Allen walk their dogs Ruby and Dante along 33rd Street on a snowy Friday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz

“Remain vigilant,” Bishop cautions. “If you are planning on venturing outside or doing any traveling, take a look at road conditions, see what roads are closed. Just take into account all of the potential risks.”

And definitely pack a sled or toboggan. You know, in case you find a good hill.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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