Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

 


Winter weather school delays for Thur, Jan. 10

The following school districts in Columbia County have reported late starts today due to inclement winter weather, according to FlashNews.net:

• Rainier School District, two-hour delay, no morning kindergarten.

• Clatskanie School District, two-hour delay, no morning kindergarten, snow route on Cedar Grove Road all day, all students go home on the 3:15 bus run.

• Vernonia School District, two-hour delay, no morning kindergarten.


Weather advisories issued today for parts of Columbia County

The Portland office of the National Weather Service has issued weather advisories today for parts of Columbia County.

  •  An urban and small stream flood advisory has been issued until 1:30 p.m. for western Columbia County, with minor flooding expected.
  •  A snow advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. for elevations of 1,000 feet and higher in Columbia County, particularly in Vernonia, with three-to-six inches of accumulation possible (heaviest snow expected during the morning).
  •  There also have been a few landslides reported in Columbia County as of this morning.

For the full advisory report, click here.

 

 


Winter weather school closures, delays for Wed, Dec. 19

The following school districts in Columbia County have reported late starts or closures today due to inclement winter weather, according to FlashNews.net:


Winter weather school closures, delays for Tue, Dec. 18

*Updated 8:32 a.m., Dec. 18, 2012*

The following school districts in Columbia County have reported late starts or closures today due to inclement winter weather, according to FlashNews.net:


Signs of a new season

A good indicator that fall is just around the bend in Columbia County is waking up to chilly, damp temperatures in the mornings and discovering magnificently constructed spider webs draped over much of your landscaping:

 

And these falling from your oak trees, making crunchy noises under your feet as you cross the lawn:

 

We have a forecasted high in Columbia County today of 86°F. Evening temperature will drop to around 51°F. Summer is slowly making an exit. Enjoy every last second of it!


Surprise snow hits Columbia City in March!

The litle flowers shiver in the snow
Surprise snow covers up spring flowers

Many of us from the Columbia County area get very excited over the threat of snow. The weather forecasters often alert us days in advance, only to find that it is a nonevent and we are merely left with rain or maybe a slight dusting of snow. This past week, we were all watching in anticipation of a big storm that really didn’t appear. Then when we were ready to put that cold weather behind us and move towards spring, we were greatly surprised when we had a snowy couple of days starting on March 1st. The interesting part was that Scappoose barely saw more than a few flakes, yet further north in Columbia City we had 2-3 inches. That may not seem like much to those in snowier climates, but to us, it was fun! Schools were cancelled and the kids got a day to play.

As fun as it was for those brief few days, I think we’re all ready to move forward and be blessed with a little sunny, warmer weather and bright flowers in our gardens. Unfortunately, we have just a few more days of rain ahead in order to make those flowers grow! That’s what makes this wonderful area so beautiful!