A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.
The more the jet stream undulates north and south, the more changeable and extreme the weather.
A freak snowstorm in May gave students a surprise day off on Wednesday in the Cascades town of Bickleton.
The calendar may say spring but snow is still in the forecast for parts of Washington.
With winter half-over and mild weather holding for Seattle, the city could make it through the season without a significant snowfall.
Forecasters say two weather systems Monday and Tuesday will drop up to 3 feet of new snow in the Cascades by early Wednesday, making driving difficult through the mountain passes.
Some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far are forecast in the next few days around the state.
The National Weather Service doesn’t expect much more snow will fall in the next few days in Washington, but cold temperatures will stick around and drop to single digits Saturday morning at many locations in Eastern Washington.
Forecasters say cooler, drier air is moving into Washington and rains will give way to a chance of snow showers in many places.
Head out this weekend for the country’s FREE winter trails day, celebrate winter with a fine ale and an ice sculpture, or enjoy watching eagles in Skagit County. January is filled with fun things to do!