SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The temperature dropped to minus-1 Wednesday morning in Spokane as arctic air blew into the Inland Northwest.
Meteorologist Ty Judd at the National Weather Service said it feels like minus-19 with the wind chill.
"When the wind hits you and it's that cold, it hurts," said Judd.
The Weather Service said temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal will persist into Saturday. Forecasters say snow will return this weekend as temperatures start to moderate.
Some local school districts canceled classes Wednesday because of the freezing conditions. The Post Falls Senior Center also closed Wednesday so seniors would not venture outside in the extreme cold.
In Western Washington, forecasters say freezing temperatures should start to moderate Saturday with the return of precipitation, starting as snow before it changes to rain.