Cold weather is going to stick around for a while

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MOSES LAKE — Y’know, it’s been a very mild winter so far. Not that cold. Not snowy. And none of that helps, because it’s going to be cold. Okay, but not as cold as it was in the Midwest last week. That doesn’t help either.

The National Weather Service is forecasting subfreezing weather through at least next Tuesday – and that’s the high temperatures.

A low-pressure system is moving south, and that “allows a good drag of cold air (to be) pulled in behind it,” said Joey Clevenger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Spokane. High temperatures are projected to top out around 30 degrees, and lows — well, it’s just going to be cold. Low temperatures will be in teens with “maybe an occasional single digit thrown in there,” he said. Winds will die down Wednesday, at least for a day or two. “It’s not expected to be too blustery until we get our next push (of moisture) this weekend.” Winds Wednesday and Thursday should be 10 to 12 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

The moist air streaming from the west will run into cold air moving south — right over eastern Washington, actually. “Most likely a snow event (is) coming this weekend,” Clevenger said. The chance of snow in Moses Lake is highest on Friday night and Saturday morning. The chances of snow decrease on Sunday, but winds are forecast to pick up Sunday afternoon.

The Washington State Department of Health issued a set of tips for coping with cold weather. “Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing,” the DOH press release said. Mittens are recommended rather than gloves and people are encouraged to wear a warm hat. “Be sure to eat regularly. Food provides calories that maintain body heat.” Dogs and cats should come inside, or have a heat source, when it’s really cold.

“Be active in your neighborhood and look in on your neighbors and/or their animals, especially those that may need extra care during cold weather,” wrote Ephrata city manager Wes Crago.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at educaiton@columbiabasinherald.com.

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