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Cold weather is sticking around

The Inland Northwest has experienced a major cooldown the past couple of days.

Saturday night brought record low temperatures across the region with 20 degrees at Spokane International Airport – four degrees colder than the old record of 24, set in 2002. Deer Park hit a new record low at 18 degrees, three degrees colder than last year, and Moses Lake made it all the way down to 17 compared to the last record of 26, set in 2008.

And it wasn’t just cold overnight: Spokane International Airport reported a new record low daytime temperature of 43 degrees Saturday. The old record was 48 degrees, set in 1981.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for today and tonight. Expect temperatures that are about 20 degrees below average, and the possibility for new record lows. Tonight will bring clear skies and a low around 18 degrees. Monday, wake up to sunshine and clear skies and a daytime high around 45.

There’s a 40 percent change of freezing rain Tuesday as the weather begins to change, bringing the possibility of rain in the lower elevations and snow in the mountains.