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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

Tonight

Lo32° Patchy Fog then Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi40° Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain then Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi45° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo33° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Finding true community on the cold streets

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On Dec. 6 my family and I joined dozens of Wenatchee residents in attending Lighthouse Ministries’ Night in a Box, a fundraiser to increase awareness of homelessness in our valley. Wanting to support both the outreach to the homeless, and those willing to spend an extremely cold night sleeping outside, we found ourselves mingling with bundled citizens drinking hot chocolate while discussing the record-setting cold.

Gradually the crowd drifted together, circling one of the parking lot’s three small campfires, providing a spot of warmth in the crisp night air. As voices blended in carols sung from lifetimes of holiday memories, I joined the assembled group. Around the fire, I couldn’t tell who was there to sing and give support, to sleep in a box, or who was there because a box is often the only shelter they can find. Around the fire some eyes followed words printed on hastily distributed pages. Other eyes stared into the fire, looked to the stars, or closed in contemplation. Few met mine. Around the fire, the untuned notes and out-of-rhythm words blended to become one of the most beautiful choirs of which I’ve ever been a part. Around the fire, we were all equal.

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