Tri-Cities: Prepare for possible sub-freezing temperatures Tuesday morning

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning residents of Southern Washington and Northern Oregon about possible sub-freezing temperatures in the early morning of Tuesday, April 20.

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According to the Pendleton branch of the NWS, the Tri-Cities are expected to hit 34 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday morning. However, the NWS alert confirms that this region of the Pacific Northwest may hit as low as 28 degrees, which would have serious ramifications for farmers in the area.

Officials from NWS Pendleton say that sub-freezing temperatures may be a result of having clear skies and lighter winds. They’re warning agriculture workers to protect their sensitive vegetation in the event that sub-freezing temperatures arise. If crops freeze over, they’ll likely die or be severely damaged in the process.

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Additionally, there is a risk for outdoor water pipes, which may burst due to freezing temperatures. NWS officials are advising the Tri-Cities and other afflicted regions to wrap or drain outdoor pipes; or simply allow the pipes to drip slowly. Other suggested precautions include draining in-ground sprinkler systems and covering any above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

The Tri-Cities aren’t alone in being impacted by possible freezing temperatures on Tuesday. This NWS alert is issued for the entire Lower Columbia Basin as well as the Blue Mountains of Washington. For Oregon, the NWS is alerting the Foothills of the Northern Blue Mountains, the Foothills of the Southern Blue Mountains and North Central Oregon.

NWS officials expect the temperatures to sustain for some period between midnight and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Coincidentally, the weather is supposed to be beautiful and sunny with a high of 72 °F during the day on Tuesday.


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