[11/23/16] Winter Storm Watch In Effect Through Thanksgiving

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Unfortunately, the arrival of the first significant winter storm of the year, coincides with the one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year.

The thanksgiving holiday travel period is generally defined as Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27.

The national Weather service in Spokane has issued a winter storm watch in effect from late wed night to late Friday morning. Motorists will likely encounter snowy and slick driving conditions on Thanksgiving when 3-7 inches of snow are possible in the lower elevations.

A bigger impact will be in the mountains, where 8-16 inches of snow are forecast.

The winter storm watch extends from Spokane to the cascade mountain passes, including Mazama, Twisp, Winthrop, Loup Loup Pass, Omak, Okanogan, Oroville, Blewett Pass, Leavenworth, Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulation that may impact travel. You are encouraged to monitor local forecast.

The winter storm watch is in effect we through Friday.

Be prepared- have good snow tires, and a properly fitted set of chains before driving over mountain passes. Carry extra water and snacks, along with a blanket and warm clothing in case of delay.

DOT is debuting a new service for travelers over Snoqualmie Pass this holiday weekend- the new service will send text alerts for pass delays 30 minutes or longer. To subscribe, using your cell phone, text the message wsdot snoqualmie to 468311. To unsubscribe- text wsdot stop to the same number.