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Winter's bite was particularly unforgiving Saturday night.

And for good reason.

”The old record was 25,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Doug Boushey began, “We got down to 24 here at the island. We just barely set the new record.

”(Saturday) night was the coldest night we've seen so far this season.”

That would be Woodley Island in Eureka, the home base of the NWS in the Humboldt Bay area.

The good news?

”It's not going to get as cold as it has been,” Boushey continued. “We're expecting it to gradually warm up in the low 30s, right around 30 to 35 degrees on Tuesday. Day time highs should be warmer.”

Boushey added inland and interior valleys will remain cold as warming air doesn't usually make it into those areas.

Daytime temperatures are expected to hit the low to mid 40s with a chance to peak at 50 as the week progresses.

”(Monday) we're looking better for day time highs,” Boushey said. “We'll be closer to 50 in the high 40s. It varies a lot out here. Tuesday morning we'll be near 30 with it warming up near 50 into the day.

”We'll still have chilly cold mornings, but, it's not going to be as cold as it has been. For example, Wednesday we're expecting lower to mid 30s, which is still cold for around here.”

Another factor in the temperature increase is anticipated precipitation.

”The chance of rain is increasing towards the end of the week,” Boushey said. “The end of, say, next week, due to moisture, it will warm up.

”We're looking at rain coming in, but, right now, nothing too major. The nice thing with this is, snow level will be pretty high. With fronts coming in, we may see a chance of rain here or there. The good news is it will warm up, but it will take time.”

WEATHER AT A GLANCE

(From the National Weather Service: weather.gov)

Monday: Sunny with high near 48. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy with low around 30. 5 to 7 mph north win becoming east.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with high near 48. East wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with low around 33.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with high near 52.

Wednesday Night: Slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy with low around 38.

Thursday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy with high near 52.

Thursday Night: Chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with low around 42.

Friday: Chance of showers. Partly sunny with high near 54.

Friday Night: Chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with low around 42.

Saturday: Chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with high near 54.

ROAD CONDITIONS

(http://www.dot.ca.gov/)

U.S. Highway 101

The California Department of Transportation reported no traffic restrictions on the roadway in the Northern Calfiornia area Sunday.

State Route 299

The California Department of Transportation requires chains on all vehicles except 4-Wheel-Drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from 16 miles east of Blue Lake to 4.5 miles west of the State Route 96 junction.

State Route 36

The California Department of Transportation requires chains or snow tires on vehicles from 1 mile east of Bridgeville to the Humboldt/Trinity County lines.

Ray Aspuria can be reached evenings at 707-441-0527 or raspuria@times-stanard.com. Follow him at twitter.com/AirUpsa707