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Washington Department of Transportation preparing for snow storm

SPOKANE, Wash. - With snow forecasted for every corner of Washington in the next three days, the Department of Transportation is preparing for a long weekend of working to keep the roadways passable.

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow in western Washington while areas in central Washington could receive 12 inches and the eastern area of the state could see six inches as well.

Southeast Washington looks to be the area that will see the least amount of snowfall.

Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass could both see up to a foot of snow by Saturday night so drivers are being warned to be prepare for treacherous conditions.

The Department of Transportation said its crews will be pre-treating highways with de-icer and prioritize the highest-traveled routes.

Here are some tips the Department of Transportation has to help keep travel this weekend as smooth as possible.

  • Slow down and remember, 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive doesn't mean you can steer or stop better on ice.
  • Build in extra time for any travel
  • Be sure vehicle is in good shape, check the tires and have a full tank of gas
  • Give extra space to the driver in front of you
  • Give roads crews as much space as possible
  • Be patient
  • Have chains available and know how to put them on if you are traveling across the mountains 

Central and eastern Washington are also expected to get snow and high winds, with blowing and drifting snow and difficult visibility a concern. 


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