(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Valleys in NE Washington could see two to five inches of snow…
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday Morning through Saturday Morning with snow accumulations possible in mountain passes and northern valleys in Eastern Washington. Moderate to heavy snow is possible with drifting and blowing snow with the valley accumulating two to five inches while mountain snow could be between six to 12 inches. Wind gusts could also reach 50 m.p.h.
This watch has been issued for Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Eastport, Schweitzer Mountain Road, Colville, Northport, Deer Park,
Chewelah, Newport, Kettle Falls, Springdale-Hunters Road, Orin-Rice Road, Flowery Trail Road, Republic, Inchelium, Wauconda, Chesaw Road, Highway 20 Wauconda Summit, Boulder Creek Road, Sherman Pass, Wenatchee, Chelan, Entiat, Cashmere, Number 1 Canyon, Number 2 Canyon, Pangborn Airport, Omak, Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Oroville, Nespelem, Disautel Pass, Waterville, Mansfield, and Badger Mountain Road. This will be in effect from Friday to Saturday morning.
Valley roads may become briefly covered with light snow Friday morning before melting or turning slushy by midday. Wintry travel conditions will likely develop Friday evening and persist into Saturday morning as temperatures fall and snow increases substantially. The wintry travel conditions could be accompanied by areas of blowing and drifting snow which will further reduce the visibility. The winds could result in downed tree branches Friday night into Saturday as well as wind chills in the single digits below zero by Saturday morning.