Washington Should Prepare For Heavy Snow On The Roads

Matt Lillywhite

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Due to slippery road conditions caused by heavy snow, the National Weather Service is urging residents of Washington State to exercise caution while traveling. Snow accumulation is expected to reach 3 to 10 inches in some areas over the next few days, depending on elevation.

"Our crews work hard to keep roads clear, but we also need the public's help to keep traffic moving during winter weather," said James Morin from the Washington State Department of Transport. "Most closures are due to preventable spin-outs or crashes with vehicles going too fast or not having proper winter equipment. This winter, being prepared and staying informed will be even more important because staffing shortages will affect our ability to clear roadways and passes as quickly as in years past."

The CDC says you should check your tires' tread during winter weather and, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires. It's also a good idea to keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. The US government recommends keeping an emergency supply kit in your car if you get stranded during hazardous driving conditions. It should include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger
  • Blanket
  • Map
  • Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

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