Winter Storm Warning Going Into Effect Thursday Evening
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM
Looks like we are going to get our first taste at winter weather, the national weather service says that we have a chance of snow, mainly after 5 pm the chance of precipitation is 30%. As far as what we will see in accumulation is at about a half inch.
Tonight weather will really start to deteriorate as we see Snow, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle before 11 pm, then snow and sleet, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle between 11 pm and midnight, then sleet, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle after midnight.
Heavy snow this evening, then mixed precipitation expected overnight into Friday morning. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and ice accumulations of a glaze expected.
Travel will be very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the Friday morning commute. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour will occur this
evening into early tonight. The heaviest looks to fall just
after the evening commute today.
That chance of precipitation will jump to 100% tonight. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. As we wake up on Friday, Snow showers before 1 pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 1 pm and 3 pm, then a chance of snow showers after 3 pm. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Make sure you have your winter safety kits in your car or truck.
Winter Driving - Emergency Car Kit
Winter travel can be tough on car and driver, to prepare:
- Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
- Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster, and wipers.
- Keep your fuel tank full — don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
- Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).
What to carry on winter trips:
- Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.
- Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snow brush, jumper cables, road flares.
- See more winter preparedness tips at Take Winter By Storm website.
If you find yourself stranded, be safe, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.