That was just a warm-up for freeze that’s coming

rob.carson@thenewstribune.comDecember 4, 2013 

Think Tuesday was cold? Just wait.

Forecasters say temperatures will drop even further over the next several days as cold dry air continues to spread into Washington from Canada.

Tacoma’s temperatures stayed above freezing during the day on Tuesday, and the overnight low of 33 degrees broke no records for cold, as forecasters predicted might happen. The temperature climbed to 40 degrees in the afternoon, with clear skies. With the wind chill, the daytime low was 31 degrees.

But for the next several days, forecasters at the National Weather Service predict freezing weather during the daytime and nighttime temperatures that dip into the teens in parts of the South Sound.

The Weather Service said a weak upper level trough will clip the area Thursday with increasing high level clouds that could drop light snow Thursday night. Skies should clear again Friday, forecasters say, with continued cold through the weekend.

Light snow will again be a possibility early next week, they say, as moisture increases overhead.

Air quality in Pierce County is expected to remain good through Wednesday, said Phil Swartzendruber, forecaster for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

However, Swartzendruber said that continued cold weather and increased use of wood burning stoves in the county will increase the likelihood of fine-particle pollution later in the week, particularly in late evenings.

Rob Carson: 253-597-8693

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