Tuesday 3/1/11 —
Good morning. I mean a “really early” good morning. I am still fighting a cold that has been hanging on for the past 3 weeks. So I came downstairs to get a refill on my cough medicine and looked outside to see quite a bit of snow falling in Vancouver at 200ft of elevation. I expected the snow level would gradually lower to about 500ft tonight, but did not expect to see snow to nearly valley floor. However, as these heavier bands train right over the area, it tends to push the snow level down to near the surface. Here is a glimpse of what the radar looks like as of 2:30am. As you can see, there is a lot more snow on this image than I would have thought when I went to bed last night. So, the big questions is, will it stick around? Will it pile up? For those of you who live in the hills above 500ft or so, I think accumulating snow will continue through the morning. But for those of us down here in the majority of the metro area (below 500ft) we will only see a snow and rain mix this morning. The band of precipitation responsible for this morning’s low elevation snow will slowly move north today. Light easterly winds right now will give way to southerly later this morning. That will turn the snow back to rain below 750ft or so as the day progresses, before all precipitation finally comes to an end later this afternoon.
It has been a record breaking February in several different areas. I will plan a complete update later today with some of the records we set in the month of February.