How cold is it? Cold enough to break pipes, set records - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

How cold is it? Cold enough to break pipes, set records

SEATTLE, Wash. - Sure, it gets cold in winter.  But rarely does it get THIS cold.  The thermometer at Sea-Tac Airport read a bitter, record-breaking 19 degrees Monday morning, freezing the old record of 20 set in 1964.

And it wasn't just Sea-Tac, either.  Hoquiam tied its record low of 25, set in 1967.  It was 10 degrees in Chelan, breaking the old record of 12 set in 2000. 

In St. Maries, the mercury dipped to 12 degrees, the coldest its been on this day for 111 years.  Pullman hit 15 degrees, breaking a record set in 1945.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said previous cold spells will make records hard to break, but lows expected this week may come close.

As for Seattle, the last memorable cold spell similar to the current one was six days before Christmas in 1990.  Then, temperatures didn't get above freezing.  There was a 10-day stretch of freezing weather in Seattle in 1969.

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