FANTASTIC ASSIST MILAN (AP): Gonzalo Higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for Juventus. Higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club Napoli midweek as Juventus progressed to the Italian Cup final. And the forward netted another double to fire the Bianconeri past Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A yesterday. Juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed Roma, who visit Bologna today. Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping HiguaÌn can make it three out of three when Juventus host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. “It will be a very difficult match in the Champions League. We’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” Higuain said. “As we respect them, they respect us, too.” He broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute, thanks to a fantastic assist from Paulo Dybala, who skipped down the right flank before pulling back for his teammate to fire into the far bottom corner. He had other chances to score before he finally got his second, six minutes from time, after more good work from Dybala in picking out Stephan Lichtsteiner, who crossed for HiguaÌn to control and curl into the bottom right corner. It was Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon’s 616th Serie A appearance, moving him to second on the all-time list behind Paolo Maldini, who retired after 647. Other results: Atalanta 1 Sassuolo 1; Empoli 1 Pescara 1.
Thank goodness we had a break in the weather action Saturday. The storm that brought snow to the coast Friday and left Vancouver unscathed is well into California.Another low pressure system was forecast to bring us chilly rain today and snow in the foothills and above. As the new week progresses, the snow level gradually climbs up to above the mountain passes. The ski areas will have lots of fresh powder though the week.It appears that March will come in as a lamb this Wednesday with no weather events. How about that? Spring officially arrives on March 1 for us weather and climate folks. Doesn’t that have a nice sound to it, spring? Especially after snow, potholes, ice, rain and more potholes?February has followed suit after December and January with temperatures averaging below normal. The average mean temperature so far is 41 degrees, 2.4 degrees below average. Rainfall is incredible at 10.02 inches, 6.61 inches above average. February will go in the record books as a cold, wet month.It looks like highs this week will run below the average of 53 degrees. Realize the average high and low this week is 53 and 36. No problem getting the 36 or colder but that 53 degrees will be a challenge. Usually we get a few days in February in the 60s. Not so this year. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.