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Snow Falling on the Passes, Winter Weather Advisory in Effect (2-24-19 6:00 a.m.)

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports it is snowing on I-90 with Compact snow and ice on the roadway. Traction tires are required, and chains are required on vehicles over 10,000 gross vehicle weight, for those driving in either direction over Snoqualmie Pass. In addition, oversize vehicles are prohibited.

On I-82, WSDOT reports snow is also falling on I-82 with snow and slush on the roadway. Traction tires are advised and oversize vehicles are prohibited for travel in either direction.

A National Weather Service issued Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect through 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The advisory is in conjunction with a forecast for a prolonged snow event expected to impact the Kittitas Valley, Yakima Valley, Lower Columbia Basin of Washington, and foothills of the Blue Mountains of Washington, including the cities of Ellensburg, Thorp, Naches, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Connell, Prosser, Tri-Cities, Dayton, Waitsburg, and Walla Walla. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. NWS reports travel could be very difficult and the hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.