You may want to skip driving over the Cascade Mountains

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

In the lower elevations of the mountains, rain is likely on Wednesday, mainly after 5 p.m., with a high near 67 degrees, and a 60 percent chance of precipitation between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. By Friday it's mostly sunny. By Thursday, a storm system will emerge out of the West and send a cold front into the southern states, but one that will have little or no effect on our weather here; in fact, we can expect warmer temperatures and a few more clouds Thursday and Friday.

Rain and strong winds will start out the week.

Snow levels will be above 8,000 feet through Thursday morning, lowering to 7,500 feet during Thursday afternoon and near 6,000 feet Thursday night. The National Weather Service in Spokane says up to 12 inches of snow is possible for Stevens Pass. Blewett Pass is forecasted to get four to six inches of new snow.

Motorists planning travel into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada during this time frame should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions. There will be periods of heavy rain and snow and near zero visibility at times.

In the higher elevations of the Sierra and elsewhere, heavy snow is possible, and people should plan on hard travel conditions.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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