Time to break out the scraper for that windshield frost. Thursday morning commuters should be prepared for some cold temps, frost, and perhaps some icy roads in Western Washington.
KIRO 7 Meteorologist Morgan Palmer expects a morning low of about 35 degrees in the Seattle area Thursday morning.
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“We will be close to record lows for early tomorrow morning, many spots in the South Sound will be in the upper 20s, low 30s,” Palmer tells KIRO Radio. “Looks like we will bottom out at about 35 or 36 in the Seattle area. This will be very early on the calendar to see this sort of chill. Normally, we don’t see our first morning low temperatures in the mid-30s, in the fall season, until about Halloween.”
“In fact, I went back through the record books to see the last time we had a morning low temperature this low, this early in a fall season,” he said. “It was all the way back to 1972. That was the earliest we’ve ever had cold like that. This is rather unusual. Normally, we don’t hit these sorts of temperatures until the last week of October, first week of November.”
Palmer says that if Seattle does reach 35 degrees Thursday, it would match the record low set on October 10, 1946.
Patchy fog is expected in the region over the morning.
Freezing fog is expected in the South Sound area (Olympia, Tumwater, Chehalis, Shelton, for example) where temps are expected to dip