Weather 12-27-21

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Cold arctic air is the main weather story today and at least for another 2-3 days with record lows possible and afternoon high temperatures in the mid-teens. Winds overnight and early this morning have been gusty down the Okanogan Valley into the Waterville Plateau with Oroville, Omak, Kramer, and Ephrata being the strongest of observations with gusts of 40 to 50 mph. Wind chill readings in these areas have surpassed -20F to -25F so our wind chill warnings are working out as planned.

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday with afternoon highs in the mid-teens and overnight lows in the low single digits.

The next round of widespread snow will approach the region Thursday thanks to a weather system diving down southward out of British Columbia. Thursday’s weather will be cloudy with a 60% chance of snow and slightly warmer with afternoon highs near 20 degrees.

After the Thursday snow, weather models are pointing at a quieter weather pattern Friday and New Year’s Day Saturday.

Forecast both days calling for partly cloudy skies and chilly with afternoon high temperatures in the lower 20’s.

By late in the weekend on Sunday, the next weather system moves in with cloudy skies, a 50% chance of snow with highs in the mid-20’s.