Drivers traveling along the Interstate 5 corridor could see their first winter blast overnight, and wake to snow and ice for the Tuesday morning commute.
Washington State Department of Transportation crews are doing their part to keep traffic moving by proactively applying snow and ice-fighting materials and paying close attention to ramps, curves and bridges.
Drivers can do their part by staying engaged and monitoring the forecast. Always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information. It takes just one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic. Taking the time to prepare now will save time and reduce stress during the first winter storm.
Here's a 3-day forecast for University Place via National Weather Service:
- Monday Night: A chance of rain showers before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers. Snow level 300 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South southwest wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tuesday: A chance of snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level rising to 600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. South southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tuesday Night: Rain and snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Snow level 500 feet. Low around 34. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
- Wednesday: Rain. High near 40. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Wednesday Night: Rain. Low around 37. South wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
- Thursday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for wintry roadway conditions:
- Prepare using the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
- Download the WSDOT mobile app to your smartphone.
- Sign up for news and social media tools such as Twitter atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/inform.
- Carry chains and know the traction and chain requirements. Mountain-pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
- Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle’s radio before traveling.
- Information courtesy of WSDOT.