A White Christmas on the Harbors


For a good chunk of the Harbor, snowfall gave residents a white Christmas not to be forgotten.

A casual drive from East County on Highway 12 this morning showed snow remained in the foothills surrounding McCleary and Elma, but not much remained along the highway in Montesano. At Clemons Road, snow could be found again until the bluff at Aberdeen. Road conditions were a mix of slushy and dry, depending on the area.

On Christmas morning, several cars could be seen in ditches and along the side of the road in the Black Hills on the way to Olympia with at least half a dozen State Patrol cars on the side of the road with their lights on near the wrecks.

Officially, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network — used by the National Weather Service and hosted by volunteers — showed that on Christmas Day there was 2.6 inches of snow north of Montesano, 1.2 inches near McCleary, half an inch near the North River area and at least seven-tenths of an inch in the Amanda Park area. The Amanda Park area very well could have been hit harder in some areas, with a recent release from the Grays Harbor PUD noting that the area had heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions. At about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 700 customers lost power from Neilton to Quinault and power wasn’t restored until about 4:45 p.m. the same day.

The National Weather Service notes that rain is more likely in the forecast this evening and tomorrow, which has a good chance of washing away most of the snow.

Highs could be near 42 degrees in Hoquiam.