Blowing Dust Advisory with gusts up to 40 MPH -Kristin

Blowing Dust Advisory

UPDATE: The blowing dust is beginning to impact visibility on some local roadways.

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Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant is urging caution in the Othello area.

Poor visibility has the potential to close a portion of I-90 in central Washington.

The National Weather Service in Spokane says visibility down to a mile or half-mile is expected from Vantage to Ritzville, from Ritzville to Tri-Cities, and from Washtucna to Royal City.

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“Blowing dust is expected to be most concentrated across the Moses Lake Area, including the stretch of Interstate 90 from George through Moses Lake. Travel is not recommended during the afternoon hours when blowing dust is most likely to occur,” the National Weather Service reported Monday.

“Be prepared to slow down and pull off the roadway to avoid driving into a dust storm. Never stop on the road, but pull off as far as possible to the right side of the highway to avoid driving into a dust storm,” the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Eastern Oregon office said Monday.

It was just two weeks ago that the wind kicked up blowing dust that completely shut down I-90 between Moses Lake and Ritzville.

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KAPP-KVEW Chief Meteorologist Kristin Walls updated the forecast Tuesday morning and reports on the current Blowing Dust Advisory here:

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a bit breezy early this morning with the wind between 10 to 20 MPH. The wind will continue to pick-up with gusts later this morning into the afternoon 30 to 40 MPH.

A Blowing Dust Advisory is in place for the Yakima Valley, Columbia Basin into the foothills from 11AM this morning until 8PM this evening. Visibility could be reduced to less than 1 mile at times which could create hazardous driving conditions.

Sunshine will return today with temperatures back into the low 60’s. A bit more wind is expected on Wednesday with gusts at times 20 to 30 MPH. Patchy blowing dust is still possible throughout the day.

Temperatures will be on the rise with upper 70’s Saturday and low 80’s Sunday!

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