The plummet in temperatures over the weekend took its toll on Emmett's New Year's celebration. The annual Cherry Rise didn't get off the ground as single digit temperatures apparently impacted the electronics rendering it digitally frigid.
Several dozen revelers turned out in downtown Emmett, anyway, for a brief impromptu countdown of the final seconds of 2021 and to usher in 2022, Friday night.
The Arctic temperatures that came in on the heels of a series of snow storms last week were the lowest experienced in the Emmett Valley in the past five years. The deep freeze, however, is short-lived as temperatures this week are expected to return to just above average levels as additional moisture appears headed this way.
Accuweather forecasts are calling for intermittent showers of snow and rain through Friday with highs reaching into the 40s and evening lows barely getting down to the freezing level some nights. Elevations below 4,000 feet are more likely to experience rain rather than more snow accumulation - though plenty of more snow is forecast for the mountain areas.
By this weekend the latest Pacific moisture patterns should let up - at least for a few days with a dry and sunny Sunday in the forecast. The projections for the month of January show daytime temperatures remaining in the 30s with lows mostly in the 20s.