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By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

Welcome to Frozendale, Klickitat County


February 13, 2019

Goldendale became Frozendale when Mother Nature decided that we have had it a bit too easy so far this winter. Between last Saturday and Tuesday, she dropped more than two feet of snow on the town, and according to the forecast, more is on the way, maybe some by the time The Sentinel is in your hands today.

The huge arctic blast affected the entire Pacific Northwest, with Seattle seeing more snow in one day than it typically does in an entire year, accumulating about 14 inches by Monday morning. According to the Seattle Times, temperatures in Washington have reached record lows, falling into the teens or single digits in many areas. Early Sunday it was 9 degrees in Arlington. The NOAA weather service said that it was colder than the Arctic coast or North Slope of Alaska. “This February in Seattle is going to be remembered for brutal winter weather for many folks not used to it,” meteorologist Ryan Maue said last week.

However, the unusual weather was not all doom and gloom for Washington residents. During a break between storms over the weekend, some Seattle residents flocked to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds, laundry baskets— and even a kayak.

Closer to home, Goldendale experienced temperatures in the low single digits ranging from 4–9 degrees in the morning hours of the weekend. Snow is expected over the next 10 days, with a possible reprieve this Sunday.

For information regarding school closures, delays and alternate snow routes for buses, visit


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