Large snow flakes fall in Clark County

first_imgWell, that was fun.Snow fell in downtown Vancouver this morning. Honest to goodness, white flakes.The first flakes were spotted around 7:45 a.m. Snow was covering lawns, cars and roofs in Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek. Some plate-sized, heavy snow flakes were being reported throughout Clark County. The National Weather Service predicted snow levels would fall to between 500 and 1,000 feet after 1 p.m. But a curveball from Mother Nature upped the timeline. The weather service issued a Winter Weather Advisory at about 8 a.m.The morning’s large flakes were the product of somewhat rare circumstances: Big snow flakes are produced by the joining of smaller flakes during snowfalls in temperatures slightly above freezing when there’s little or no wind. Jeff Mize of Clark County Public Works said about two inches of snow fell in North County and Washougal. Mize said snow plows were activated in those areas. A handful of wrecks involving cars sliding off roads and into ditches and poles have been reported throughout Clark County, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Firefighters responding to the wrecks were being urged to drive cautiously.last_img