A winter storm which socked the city and county Monday is expected to taper off today, but bone-chilling cold will follow.

Winds gusting up to 33 mph Monday evening drove the wind chill factor down to 6 degrees, according to weather observations taken at Walla Walla Regional Aiport. Snow-packed and icy roads resulted in a number of auto crashes, but no road closures were reported this morning in the county or cities of Walla Walla or College Place.

Schools in the area were either on delayed schedules or canceled because of the weather.

The wintry weather didn’t just affect travel on the roads. It also had an impact on air travel as well.

All inbound and outbound flights on commercial carrier Alaska Airlines were canceled Monday. Airport Manger Jennifer Skoglund said even though flights could have taken off from here, they could not have landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport because of the storm and its impacts.

A late night cancellation Sunday from Seattle to Walla Walla also took place.

Skoglund said today airport crews on the ground here had just finished their second plowing of this winter and this morning’s 5 a.m. flight did take off, albeit a half-hour late.

Isolated snow showers and mostly cloudy skies were in the forecast for today with the low dropping to 15 degrees tonight.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny but cold with a high of 23 degrees with the mercury dropping to 12 degrees after sunset.

A cold and generally unsettled weather pattern is expected through the rest of this week and into early next week with a chance for snow showers returning Friday and Saturday. Daytime temperatures will rise to the high 20s while nighttime lows will hover around 18 to 20 degrees.

Andy Porter has been with the Union-Bulletin since October 2000. His beats include Walla Walla County, city of College Place, Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, environment as well as a wide range of general assignment topics.

Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.

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