Forecasters say the frigid temperatures in Washington will moderate over the next couple of days with the weather changing on Wednesday.
Frigid wind gusts that knocked trees onto power lines in western Washington were easing Wednesday, but the cold lingered, with a chance of snow Thursday south of Olympia and south of Interstate 90 in eastern Washington, forecasters said.
A blast of wintry weather blew into parts of the Rockies and Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing a foot of snow in some areas, along with plunging temperatures. The cold weather is expected to eventually blanket the central U.S. from the Rockies to the Great Lakes region.
Arctic air blowing into the Inland Northwest prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill warning for the Spokane region for Wednesday morning.
Forecasters say cold, dry weather with areas of freezing fog will continue to the middle of next week in Washington.
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far are forecast in the next few days around the state.