WENATCHEE — North Central Washington recorded its coldest temperatures so far this winter Saturday morning.
But forecasters say even colder weather may be on its way.
The low temperature Saturday morning at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee was 12 degrees, said Steve Bodner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Spokane. The coldest recorded in the region was in Mazama, which hit minus 6.
A weather spotter in Manson recorded 8 degrees.
“For the most part, everyone in the Wenatchee area was between 10 and 16 degrees,” Bodner said. And most of the valleys on the east slopes of the North Cascades hit single digits.
With a strong ridge of high pressure building over the area, the region will see a mix of sunshine and light clouds for the next couple of days, and start to see fog and some low clouds moving in early next week. “Cold temperatures are going to hang around for quite a while,” he said.
And while clear skies are in the mix, there’s a chance it will be even colder on Sunday or Monday morning, he said. There’s virtually no chance of precipitation over the next week, although it’s possible to see a brief flurry from some of those clouds moving in.
While Saturday’s temperature was the coldest since last January, it wasn’t even close to a record for this date, Bodner said.
On Jan. 12, 1974, Pangborn was minus 1 degree, a full 13 degrees colder.
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