(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
A big dump of snow is expected tonight…
Another winter storm is bearing down on NE Washington and will bring heavy snow overnight to area valleys and mountains. Winter Storm Patrick (Named after Patrick Sawyer of Quartzite Brewing Company by the Chewelah Independent Winter Weather Team) will being late Wednesday night and dump snow into Thursday morning. Total snow accumulations could range from four to six inches in the valleys and six to 12 inches in the mountains. The National Weather Service expects most of Stevens County to get six to eight inches.
Another chilling factor to this is the wind. Cold wind chills could drop temperatures to as low at 15 degrees below zero in the Okanogan Valley. Travel could be very difficult with patchy blowing snow that will reduce visibility. This will occur during the Wednesday evening commute and the Thursday morning commute. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of emergency.
Also check pass conditions as during last week’s winter storm, mountain passes in the state were closed several times due to conditions and accidents.