Winds Blow Some Winter Into the Yakima Valley
SEATTLE (AP) -- Forecasters say Arctic air moving into the Northwest will push temperatures below normal in many areas into New Year's Day, and the Yakima Valley will not be spared.
But the National Weather Service says the air is dry, and clear skies should keep significant snow away from Washington and Oregon until possibly next weekend.
Still, the weather service issued a winter weather advisory Monday, warning of cold temperatures, snow showers and bracing wind chills into the afternoon. The valley's highs are not expected to reach freezing Monday, and overnight lows could drop into single digits.
Wind chills will be especially dramatic in the Columbia River Gorge, where winds are expected in the 35 mph to 45 mph range with higher gusts.
The coldest temperatures are expected Monday night and Tuesday night. Generally this week, highs west of the Cascades will be in 30s and lows in the teens. It will be colder east of the Cascades with highs in the 20s and lows to zero.
Temperatures should moderate by the end of the week.