A cold front has forced the city of Yakima, Washington, to close its downtown offices, forcing many people to work in public transportation.
But the city is hoping to reopen later this week after an emergency declaration.
Washington State has the highest average annual temperature of any state in the country, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
So many of the state’s residents, especially those in the northeast, rely on the city for work, school, and health services.
“It’s a tough time right now,” said Barbara Kuehnlein, executive director of the Yakima Chamber of Commerce.
“We need a lot of support right now.
We’ve got people all across town who are really struggling.
The last thing we need right now is a big, heavy cold front, and that’s what’s happening right now.”
Kuehnlein said it’s too soon to say what impact the cold front will have on the state, but the city has seen a decline in snowfall.
The city has also been affected by the recent heat wave that has left many residents without power.
The city’s water supply was shut off Friday after it was discovered the city’s wastewater treatment plant was leaking, Kuehanllein said.
The mayor of Yakimat, whose area includes the city, was not available for comment.