National Weather Service warns of frigid temperatures for area

December 13, 2008

Cold could be dangerous to elderly, children and pets

NEW — 8:38 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

Below is a winter warning from the National Weather Service in Seattle:
THE LONGEST STREAK OF COLD WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 IS ON THE WAY…WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS IS IN THE FORECAST AT TIMES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS…IT IS THE FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK THAT COULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON WESTERN WASHINGTON.

AN ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL STREAM INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT AND

SUNDAY…IN THE WAKE OF AN ARCTIC FRONT MOVING SOUTH THROUGH THE
AREA THIS AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING ACROSS
WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT WITH MANY SPOTS DIPPING INTO THE LOWER TO
MID 20S. MOST OF THE REGION WILL REMAIN BELOW FREEZING ON SUNDAY
WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS ONLY IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S. IN ADDITION
WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ACCOMPANY THE ARRIVAL OF THE ARCTIC AIR MASS
TONIGHT AND SUNDAY…ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH INTERIOR OF WESTERN
WASHINGTON.

SNOW SHOWERS TONIGHT AND SUNDAY COULD PRODUCE LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF
1 TO 3 INCHES…CREATING SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. ROADWAYS AND
OTHER SURFACES THAT ARE ALREADY WET WILL QUICKLY BECOME ICY AND
DANGEROUS. THE FRIGID WEATHER COULD BURST OUTDOOR PIPES AND ENDANGER
PETS AS WELL. WIND CHILL IS ANOTHER THING THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. IN
THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR THE COMBINATION OF SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES
AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CREATE APPARENT TEMPERATURES NEAR ZERO
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT…LOW ENOUGH TO CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN.

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP FURTHER ON MONDAY…AS VERY COLD AIR
CONTINUES TO FUNNEL THROUGH THE FRASER RIVER VALLEY OF SOUTHERN
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON. BY MONDAY…DAYTIME
HIGHS WILL GENERALLY REACH ONLY THE 20S WITH NIGHTTIME LOWS IN THE
TEENS OR LOWER. THE COLD AIR MASS WILL SIT OVER THE REGION FOR THE
REST OF THE WEEK…WITH MOST ALL OF WESTERN WASHINGTON REMAINING
NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING EVEN DURING THE DAYTIME. THIS WILL LIKELY BE
THE MOST PROLONGED STREAK OF SUB-FREEZING WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER
1990.

IN ADDITION…A WEATHER SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY COULD INTERACT WITH THE
STUBBORN COLD AIR MASS TO PRODUCE A RENEWED THREAT OF ACCUMULATING
SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS.

OVER THE MOUNTAINS…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS AND
SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT AND REMAIN VERY COLD FOR MUCH OF THE WEEK
AHEAD. WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 BELOW ZERO CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES
…WHICH WOULD CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN ONLY ABOUT 15
MINUTES.

PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR AN UNUSUALLY PROLONGED AND INTENSE PERIOD OF
COLD WINTER WEATHER.


Help keep pets safe in frigid temperatures

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

With freezing temperatures expected, pets need protection from the cold. These tips will help keep pets safe during cold weather:

  • DRESS APPROPRIATELY
    A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs may need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
  • INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY
    Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing the food supply, particularly protein, will keep them and their fur in tip-top shape.
  • BEWARE OF SEASONAL POISONS
    Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal poisons for dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. 
  • OFFER A WARM SLEEPING SPOT
    Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months. 
  • SAVE A LIFE BY TAPPING ON YOUR HOOD
    Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.
(Source: The Seattle Humane Society)

Tips to help you and your home survive severe cold

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:36 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

When temperatures drop to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common.  There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home. Read more