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Weather service warns of Wednesday winter storm in Blue Mountains

Travel expected to be difficult

Published on January 10, 2018 4:27PM



The National Weather Services has issued a winter storm watch to warn motorists and residents that a vigorous low pressure system will track across Washington and northern Oregon tonight and Thursday. This system will bring snow to the east slopes of the southern Washington Cascades and the northern Blue Mountains with periods of moderate to heavy snow expected.

• Heavy snow possible. Travel will be very difficult to impossible in some areas, including during the evening commute on Thursday. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 12 inches are possible above 4,500 feet with heaviest accumulations above 5,500 feet.

WHERE: Tollgate and Ski Bluewood Resort (other areas may be impacted)

WHEN: From late Wednesday through late Thursday night.

Motorists are advised to carefully monitor road and weather reports before traveling. If conditions are poor, postpone travel if possible. If you do travel, prepare for extreme winter conditions and expect delays and possible extended road closures, especially on mountain pass routes.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews will be plowing snow 24/7, but they cannot be everywhere at once and will be addressing high priority routes first.


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