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Arctic blast to continue

by Brian Walker
| November 24, 2010 8:00 PM

Ma Nature's not letting go of her cold hold.

Tuesday's high of 11 degrees was the coldest high for Nov. 23, surpassing 18 degrees in 1985.

"With winds gusting 22 mph, it made it close to 20-below," climatologist Cliff Harris said.

It's supposed to be even colder today, reaching 6- to 10-below zero, which will likely break another record. Little or no snow is expected today.

"Expect the wild," Harris said. "The winds will go down, and the temperatures will also go down."

The low is expected to be about zero on Thanksgiving and the high 18 to 20 with increasing clouds.

"I think we're going to have some low temperatures broken over the next couple days," Harris said. "This will be one of the longest cold spells on record."

Thanksgiving night through mid-Saturday will bring more snow, perhaps 4 to 6 inches, Harris said.

Temperatures on Sunday and Monday are expected to reach the upper 20s.

Harris said it snowed 3.4 inches in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday, bringing the three-day total to 14.4 inches. Last winter's snowfall for the entire season was 18.4 inches.

"We may reach 20 inches of snow by the end of the weekend," Harris said.

November's coldest day in Coeur d'Alene was minus-13 on Nov. 27, 1896.

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