Sunshine in weekend forecast; low temps in the teens

OlympianDecember 6, 2013 

After a light dusting of snow in Olympia early Friday, low temperatures will flirt with single digits this weekend as Mother Nature continues to chill the South Sound.

Saturday’s temperatures are expected to reach a high near 30 degrees and a low near 10. Sunday temperatures will approach a high near 33 degrees and a low around 16. Expect mostly sunny conditions.

The National Weather Service predicts a chance of rain or snow Monday, with highs near 36 degrees and lows near 28. One to 3 inches of snow coated the coast and Olympic Mountains on Friday.

The weekend’s frigid temperatures likely won’t set any records. For Dec. 7, the record low was 5 degrees in 1972, while the record low for Dec. 8 was -3 degrees, also reached in 1972.

The average temperatures for this weekend usually hover at a high of 45 degrees and a low of 33 degrees.

To prevent pipes from freezing in your home, it helps to winterize them. One suggestion from White Knight Plumbing in Olympia is to let water trickle from at least one faucet because moving water takes longer to freeze. Another tip is to cover piping in attics and crawl spaces with sufficient insulation.

If your pipes do freeze, White Knight owner Chris Kalish suggests leaving cabinet doors open and turning up the thermostat to help thaw the pipes. Kalish said calls for service often pick up after the weather warms up. He said the degree of damage to copper pipes is linked to how fast the water freezes.

“When the pipes thaw, that’s when all the leaks get shown,” said Kalish, who has been in business for 19 years. “We don’t get that much freezing cold weather.”

On a related note, state wildlife officials are using the cold weather to kill mudsnails in Capitol Lake. The invasive mollusk is considered a threat to other local species, including salmon. The Department of Enterprise Services began draining the lake Tuesday, with the idea of freezing the tiny mudsnails to death.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 ahobbs@theolympian.com @andyhobbs

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