Photo by Brock Hires
A reader board at Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union's Omak branch shows a frigid temperature Monday evening.
As of Tuesday, February 5, 2019
OKANOGAN — Cold and windy weather hit Okanogan County Feb. 4, with snow swirling across roads and exasperated looks on the faces of people coming in from the cold.
As of Monday afternoon, the Spokane office of the National Weather Service called for sunny weather on Wednesday, Feb. 6, but high temperatures getting up to just 24 and a north wind around 6 mph, with clouds moving in and a low around 13 during the night.
Thursday will remain cloudy with a high of up to 27 before dropping to 19 during the night.
Friday is expected to be a couple degrees warmer with a 30 percent chance of snow, and again dropping to 19 overnight.
The weekend is expected to remain cold, with a 20 percent chance of snow Saturday and temperatures up to 28 before dropping to 14 at night. Sunday will remain mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.
“An active winter weather pattern will envelope the area again by Friday and into the weekend with the potential for moderate to possibly heavy snow over the region,” meteorologists said Monday.
Weather officials said winds could drop from their high of 26 mph (as observed on Monday) to 9 mph today (Wednesday), before picking up to speeds of 11 mph Saturday.
With temperatures this low and wind speeds this high, frostbite can occur within 15 minutes of exposure. Residents are encouraged to dress warmly, and when possible, keep children and pets inside.
Motorists are also urged to take caution.
Vehicle engines can be warmed up before travel, and motorists should slowdown in areas experiencing heavy wind gusts, both to avoid being blown sideways and to compensate for poor visibility due to snow blowing onto your windshield.
Motorists should carry a flashlight, wool blanket, extra clothing and water in vehicles in case of emergency, officials recommend.