If the polar bears up north are tired of wearing their Bermuda shorts, they should head down south to Washington this week.

A combination of snow and cold temperatures will get teeth chattering in the PNW.

How Cold Will it Get This Week in Washington?

In Yakima, the forecast is calling for temperatures to plunge below zero overnight on a couple of occasions with the mercury dipping down to minus 10 degrees Wednesday night. In fact, the National Weather Service is calling for a Wind Chill Advisory Wednesday through Friday morning this week. Daytime highs will reach single digits.

These temperatures will cause a potential energy drain on the grid as those thermostats work overtime. Pet owners are urged to keep pets indoors at all times, if possible.

How Much Snow is Forecast in The Washington Mountain Passes?

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning now through Tuesday night in the Washington Cascades. Snoqualmie Pass, for example, has a heavy snow forecast at times. Possible 8 inches overnight Monday evening-Tuesday morning, with possibly 20 inches of snow falling on Tuesday.

All told, by Wednesday morning, the sunny skies in the forecast may come after nearly 3 feet of snow has fallen on Snoqualmie. Winter traveling will be dicey and icy. Be sure to check conditions before you hit the road if you must travel this week.

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