Coldest temps in 3 years in Western Washington

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says the current cold snap has brought the coldest temperatures in three years to Western Washington.

Meteorologist Josh Smith in Seattle says the forecast Saturday of 18 at Sea-Tac Airport would be the coldest since November 2010 and tie the record low set on Dec. 7 in 1972.

He says the temperature Monday also could approach the record low of 18 set on Dec. 9, 2009.

The cold snap has been caused by an outbreak of Arctic air through Canada.

Smith says temperatures should moderate and turn wetter next week. That will bring a chance of more snow Monday night in Western Washington before rainy weather returns.

The Weather Service says temperatures in Eastern Washington also should ease next week but remain below freezing.

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