Saturday, December 2, 2023

Brrr— Hard Freeze Hits Home With Overnight Temperatures Plummetting Across the North Coast

A shivery sunrise.

This reporter’s daffodils had bloomed and peach trees were budding, but no sign of spring can keep Jack Frost at bay.

Temperatures plummeted overnight on the North Coast collectively raising heating bills and according to reports on social media, left some with frozen pipes.

A look at current temperatures on the North Coast [Screenshot from NWS Eureka Office website]

A current look at temperatures as of this morning shows a North Coast enveloped in a cold snap. The coastline, often warmer than inland valleys, is in the mid-high twenties. In Mendocino County, Ukiah is measured at 27°F and Fort Bragg is below freezing at 31°F. In Humboldt County, Eureka currently stands at 28°F and Garberville at 29°F. In Lake County, Lakeport is 26°F. Trinity County residents are waking up to the low to mid-twenties. Even the Mediterranean climates of Sonoma County plummeted with Santa Rosa currently at 25°F.

Be sure to give your morning commute an extra 15-20 minutes for both defrosting vehicles and the risk of black ice. There are no reports currently of ice on Mendocino County roadways, but communities in higher elevation could certainly see patches.

The following infographic from AccuWeather.com provides some times and tricks when navigating potentially icy roadways:

And now, some of the requisite shivering frost photos to remind us of the collective chill the world caught last night. Feel free to email yours to matthewplafever@gmail.com and we’ll include them.

Blades of grass rimed with the cold.
Peachtree buds contorted with frost.
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  1. I’m curious as to how the homeless population survives these temperatures. I used to hear about emergency shelters opening up for the homeless population to take shelter at during freezing temperatures. But I never hear about that now why not? Does it still happen?

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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