Record cold possible in South Sound, with low of 20 predicted

Staff writerDecember 4, 2013 


Factory emissions produce a cloud over the Tacoma Tideflats during Wednesday’s chilly weather. The cold and dry weather is forecast to stick around into next week.

PHOTO BY LUI KIT WONG — Staff photographer Buy Photo

This week’s cold weather is edging down into record-breaking territory.

The temperature in Tacoma dropped to 26 degrees early Wednesday, with a low of 23 degrees predicted for the 24-hour period ending at midnight.

According to National Weather Service data, the record low temperature for Dec. 4 is 21 degrees, set in 1994 at Sea-Tac Airport.

Thursday is predicted to be even colder, with a low of 20 in Tacoma and down into the teens in parts of East Pierce and Thurston counties. The lowest minimum temperature ever recorded at Sea-Tac on Dec. 5 was 23 degrees, according to Weather Service records.

The average low temperature for Dec. 5 is 36 degrees.

The cold, dry weather pattern is expected to stretch into next week, the Weather Service said.

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