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The composite satellite/radar track shows a cold front moving into our region Monday afternoon.

A cold front moving into the Pacific Northwest is forecast to bring low snow levels, a chance of rain, wind and much colder temperatures to the Yakima Valley and surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts could reach 18 mph on Tuesday in Yakima. Expect gusts as high as 24 mph in Ellensburg on Tuesday, according to the weather service.

The snow level will drop to around 2,000 feet on Tuesday along the eastern slope of the Cascades, along with a slight chance of rain in the Yakima Valley, the weather service said. Overnight lows in Yakima were forecast to hit 30 degrees Tuesday, similar lows are forecast for the Lower Valley.

It should be much colder, with daytime highs dropping around 15 degrees for the rest of the week. After getting into the 70s on Monday, the rest of the week daytime highs are forecast in the low 50s.

Overnight lows will drop into the 20s, with Yakima forecast to see a low of 23 overnight Wednesday and 26 on Thursday. Similar record or near-

record low temperatures are forecast all across the region.

Below average temperatures are forecast to continue at least into the weekend