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~te ~ ~ra - December 17, 2008 VouP. COhtMUNITV Page 13 From page 1 gradually thickening to the east. "I'm really shocked," said Charles Dalton, a meteorologist intern with the National Weather Service in Portland. "I can't believe you don't have anything." Theoretically, Sweet Home should have had the snow that fell everywhere else, but the ground was dry. The weather system that brought the snow to the Willamette Valley was more than wide enough to include Sweet Home. "Here's essentially what happened," Dalton said. "You have a low pressure system off the coast, rotating counter-clockwise." The east side of the system rotated moist air to the north over the Willamette Valley while dry arctic air poured south over the Cascades and through the Columbia Gorge, he said. The two systems met and created a band of snow-making weather starting in Beaverton and Portland's west hills, gradually moving southward Sunday as far as Eugene, which had 4 inches of snow. The moisture was in place as predicted, but the snow arrived later air spilling into the valley, and than predicted, Dalton said, because temperatures should return to where the cold air didn't move from the they were Monday. north as quickly as anticipated. The forecast for the weekend "Why it didn't give you any was up in the air at press time, with snow is beyond me," Dalton said. two possible scenarios anticipated. The boundary between the systems One model predicts freezing was wide enough to include Sweet rain warming up and turning to rain Home. on Saturday and then transitioning The boundary might have just to snow by Sunday, Dalton said. missed Sweet Home to the west, The second model indicates a sunny Dalton said, or Sweet Home had Saturday with snow on Sunday. enough cold, dry air above the Either way, there's another city that snow fell but evaporated round of inclement weather late in before reaching the earth's surface, the weekend, he said, and then more The phenomenon is related to the of the dry, cold arctic weather early reason snow can fall when surface next week, with a similar pattern temperatures are in the mid- to and another system moving in by the high 30s, cooling the surfacemiddle of next week. temperature. The strong winds on Sunday Sweet Home will have another night ruined the Christmas living bite at the apple as another system Nativity display at Harvest Christian moves in around Wednesday. Center Sunday night. On Monday The gist of it is that there is morning church members were still enough cold air in place with picking up the pieces of the Nativity, moisture moving in to create freezing which they had planned to display rain initially in the south part of the this weekend, said Mike Brozek. valley, Dalton said. That will quickly Brozek said the backgrounds for the turn to snow. display had been set up Saturday, The depth of the snow is Dec. 13. difficult to predict, he said, but his "Our pastor called and said the office is anticipating 2 to 6 inches in scene was completely demolished," most areas, he said. "It's a shame. At least the That will be followed by morecross is still standing." sunny weather with cold, dry arctic Sweet Home High School received somewhere between 50 and it did snow everywhere else. 60 calls about whether school was The school is planning on being open Monday morning. One caller open all week, weather-permitting, said that all Linn County schools Stineffsaid. were reportedly closed. If school is canceled for weather, As it turned out, Sweet Home Athletic Director Dave Goetz said, schools were open. then for safety reasons, all practices "All the kids were crushed," and competitions will be canceled as Principal Pat Stineff said, chuckling, well. "That's how they feel - cheated." Local police are ready to go in They're not really feeling that case weather actually breaks out in horribly, "but they haven't given up Sweet Home. hope for a reprieve from school," "We're always ready this time she said. of year for whatever weather might One teacher did not show up be thrown at us," Chief Bob Burford Monday, based on information said. "The patrol cars are equipped that all schools in the county were with chains, and the department has closed, Stineff said. Some teachers, two four-wheel drives available for many who live out of town, had a getting up the hill, into Strawberry hard time getting to school because Heights, for example." Here's how to avoid frozen pipes Oregon homeowners need to vanities near exterior walls, and run be prepared as temperatures are a small trickle of water at vulnerable expected to dip below 20 degrees in cold and hot faucets. much of the state this week. 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