SEATTLE – Washington seemed to wake up in a freezer Wednesday morning with single digit temperatures in Western Washington and minus temperatures in locations throughout the state.
As expected, the temperature dropped to 14 degrees early Wednesday at Sea-Tac Airport, breaking the old record of 16 from 1985.
KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said temperatures dipped to 9 degrees in Lynnwood, 7 degrees in Parkland and -8 in Ellensberg. Other reported temperatures included Bellingham 18, Tacoma 13, Olympia 16, Vancouver 19, Yakima -11, Moses Lake -17, Spokane -6, Pullman -1.
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With temperatures remaining below freezing, drivers should expect slick conditions again as bone-numbing cold has refrozen roads where the ice had already melted. That could mean big problems on multiple fronts on one of the biggest travel days of the year,
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Those icy streets made it tough for firefighters in Bellevue. They couldn't get up a steep hill to battle a garage and car fire, so they had to carry their hoses up the hill and attach them to a hydrant.
In Kitsap County, thousands of people are still without power. Most of Bainbridge Island was in the dark. Puget Sound Energy says Monday's storm left debris and icy roads, making it difficult for crews to get everyone back online. PSE said it hoped to have everyone back on the grid by Wednesday night.
The situation was so dire, that volunteers went door-to-door to drive people to the Presidents Hall at the county fairgrounds, which is serving as a temporary shelter.
Many communities around Western Washington opened warming shelters Tuesday night for people who may be without power or heat. List of resources, including warming shelters and power outages
Another concern was pipes. Plumbers around the region were getting calls of frozen pipes breaking, flooding people's homes. Some people may opt to use space heaters to keep their homes warm, but there are some safety tips you should follow.