ADVISORY: Could See Record Cold Temps Saturday Morning

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As if our wild and wacky winter wasn’t enough, here comes a new “Special Weather Statement” from the National Weather Service that may just freeze your weekend gardening plans – in a nutshell, it’s gonna be COLD, so protect your plants (we suggest wrapping each one individually in a Snuggie Blanket with Sleeves:

Statement as of 4:40 AM PDT on April 03, 2009

… Record lows possible Saturday morning… Wet start to April…

The cold weather in March has extended into the first few days of April for western Washington. An upper level ridge will begin building over the area later today and tonight. With the ridge building skies will clear out across western Washington overnight into Saturday morning. A very cool air mass will still be in place over the area and with the clearing skies low temperatures Saturday morning could drop to below freezing in some locations with some record breaking lows possible.

The record low for Seattle is 31 degrees set in 1948. The record for Olympia is 26 degrees set in 2001.

The best chances for below freezing temperatures will be in the southwest interior.

Persons who may already have sensitive plants in the ground will want to take preventive measures to protect the plants.

In Seattle… record rainfall has been recorded at Seattle-Tacoma Airport on both the first and the second of the month. Total rainfall for the first two days of the month was 1.31 inches which is over half the monthly normal rainfall total of 2.59 inches. The only time in Seattle weather records that more rain has been recorded on the first two days of April was back in 1915 when 1.87 inches of rain was recorded. Records go back to 1891.

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