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Tacoma was colder than the North Pole on Wednesday

A waning gibbous moon on the Western sky above Kaukiki Farm in Longbranch on a frosty and clear Wednesday morning.
A waning gibbous moon on the Western sky above Kaukiki Farm in Longbranch on a frosty and clear Wednesday morning. dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

Temperatures in Western Washington dipped into the 20s Wednesday and aren’t expected to climb much through the rest of the week.

In fact, Tacoma was a frosty 25 degrees around dawn, at least 5 degrees colder than the North Pole, which ranged from 30 to 35 degrees. (That’s unseasonably warm, due to a cyclone system.)

Highs will remain in the upper 30s and lows drop to 27 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service has issued an air stagnation advisory through Monday morning.

Air quality “will deteriorate due to colder air near the surface being trapped by warmer air aloft,” the warning states. “This will allow pollutants to increase at the surface.”

Some areas of Pierce County were the coldest in the state Wednesday, with part of Crystal Mountain a chilly 3 degrees.

Other lows included: 8 degrees at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park, 13 degrees at Paradise, 24 degrees in Bonney Lake and Orting, 25 degrees in Lakewood and South Hill, 29 degrees in Gig Harbor and 31 degrees in University Place.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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