Cold weather sweeps across area

Sprinklers and low overnight temperatures combined to turn a sage-covered hillside into a winter wonderland Wednesday along Rodeo Trail Road near the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

Photo by Roger Harnack
Sprinklers and low overnight temperatures combined to turn a sage-covered hillside into a winter wonderland Wednesday along Rodeo Trail Road near the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.



— A blast of freezing weather rolled across the Pacific Northwest overnight, sending temperatures into the teens and single digits.

A few areas got light snowfall. Metaline Falls, near the Washington-Idaho border and just south of the Canadian border, reported getting snow, as did higher terrain outside Kettle Falls.

Sherman Pass, between Republic and Kettle Falls, had a dusting of snow. The North Cascades Highway also reported snow, with compact snow and ice in places.

Omak recorded a low of 14 degrees at 6:53 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. The record low for Nov. 12 is 3 degrees, set in 1955.

Winthrop’s low for Wednesday morning was 10 degrees at 7:06 a.m., while Brewster had a low of 21 degrees at 6:50 a.m. and Grand Coulee’s low was 23 degrees at 6:37 a.m.

Figures were not available for Republic, but nearby Kettle Falls had 19 degrees at 6:37 a.m.

The National Weather Service forecast for the Omak area calls for sunny skies with a high near 34 degrees today and north winds from 5-10 mph. The low tonight is expected to dip to around 10 degrees. A similar pattern is expected until Friday, when the high is expected around 35 degrees with a low that night near 17 degrees.

Daytime temperatures should hover in the mid- to upper 30s from Friday through Tuesday, with lows in the upper teens and 20s.

A sampling of Veterans Day cold temperatures around Okanogan Country: 8 degrees 12 miles west of Mazama (6,631 feet), 8 degrees at Lane Creek and Gold Mountain in Ferry County; 11 degrees at Sentinel Butte in Ferry County; 13 degrees at Owl Mountain and Iron Mountain in Ferry County; 12 degrees at Gold Axe Camp, Hart’s Pass (6,500 feet) and five miles south of Loomis (5,185 feet) in Okanogan County; 13 degrees at Moses Mountain (5,300 feet) and Leecher Mountain (4,991 feet) in Okanogan County; 15 degrees at Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway.



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