Valley strong wind advisory now in effect

Advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

A wind advisory for much of Eastern Washington is in effect until 8 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory this morning for the Yakima and Kittitas valleys, as well as much of the Columbia Plateau.

“A strong and fast-moving Pacific system will continue to move across the region today,” the wind advisory said, noting residents and motorists should expect sustained winds of 25-35 mph.

Wind gusts could top 50 mph, the National Weather Service said, adding the strongest winds will occur in the afternoon and early evening.

“These winds will make driving difficult on area roadways, especially for high-profile vehicles. Use extra caution,” the advisory said. “Loose objects may become airborne.”

The wind advisory extends from The Dalles and Pendleton, Ore., north to the Waterville Plateau and east into Lewiston and Moscow, Idaho.

The front bringing high winds to our area is also bringing hazardous weather to other areas of the state.

From the Okanogan Highlands to North Idaho, a hazardous weather outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service.

That advisory calls for rain and mountain snow tonight, as well as thunderstorms and possibly hail and lightning.

Tomorrow, warm temperatures and snow melt are expected to fill rivers and lakes, with some waterways reaching flood stage.

Motorists heading to Western Washington should expect snow in mountain passes.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for White, Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.

“Expect 6-10 inches of snow to fall above about 3,500 feet through this evening,” the weather service said. “Snow will be heavy at times through this evening. Snowfall will likely be heaviest around Stevens Pass.”

The mountain snowfall comes just four days after state law required studded tires be removed from vehicles.

“Remember that studded tires are not allowed on Washington roadways from April 1 through the warm season,” the weather service said. “If you are planning travel across Stevens Pass today, you should carry chains.”


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