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First major snowfall of season expected in mountain passes


Last updated 10/8/2019 at 12:02pm

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Eastern Washington motorists heading to the Seattle-Tacoma area today should be prepared for the first major snowfall of the season in mountain passes.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas above 3,000 feet in effect until 8 p.m.

Up to 5 inches of snowfall is expected above 3,500 feet, meteorologists said. A rain-snow mix is expected in Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.

"Plan on slippery road conditions with snow and slush on the roadway," the winter weather advisory said. "Travelers should check road conditions before traveling over mountain passes."

In addition to the advisory, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for areas of Central and North-Central Washington today.

Meteorologists said winds will be in the 30-40 mph range and temperatures are expected to fall below freezing tonight for areas north of Moses Lake and Wenatchee.


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