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Lower Yakima Valley’s first snow may fall this weekend

Temperatures to drop nearly 20 degrees

— Lower Yakima Valley residents could see their first snowfall of the year this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, a cold front moving into the region from Alaska will bring colder, wetter conditions for the rest of the week and weekend.

A “special weather statement” is alerting motorists that snow will be hitting mountain passes by tomorrow.

“Snow levels will fall to between 2,500 and 4,500 feet Friday, lowering further to 1,500 to 2,500 feet by Sunday,” the statement released yesterday said.

The daily high temperature is expected to drop nearly 20 degrees by then, from a projected high of about 56 today to a high of only 40 on Sunday.

A light snowfall, mixed with rain could begin Saturday night when the overnight low drops to about 28 degrees, the weather service said. That light snow-rain mix could continue Sunday.

Don’t expect an accumulation on the ground in the lower valley, yet, meteorologists said.

Instead, prepare for a “chilly rain.”

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