As the clock ticks down to midnight, here are some things to keep in mind this New Year’s holiday.
First, if you’re out and about tonight, expect patchy fog around the region and a low temperature of 27 degrees. The National Weather Service expects more fog before 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, followed by a high of 36 degrees.
Second, the Washington State Patrol will have extra DUI patrols on the streets tonight. Then on Jan. 1, the WSP launches a new DUI enforcement program that will bring tougher punishments for some intoxicated drivers.
The pilot program, designed to target repeat offenders, will be launched in Spokane, Chelan and Thurston counties, as well as the cities of Kent and Centralia. Drivers charged with their second DUI in those areas will face a judge who may require daily monitoring of any substance use. They will either report to jail twice a day to give a breath test or pay more for an ankle monitor.
Finally, if you’re heading to Coeur d’Alene for the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day, expect water temperatures of just under 40 degrees.