Winter storm impacting eastern Washington and Oregon roads, travel, school, homes

Prepare for possible power outages, too. First Alert Weather info for Friday:

FRIDAY AM FORECAST:

 

9:45 AM FRIDAY UPDATE:

Snoqualmie Pass received over a foot of snow overnight Thursday into Friday, bringing the season total to 396 inches, WSDOT reports. Another foot of snow could fall by Friday night.

OR 204 (Tollgate Hwy) is closed both directions between OR Hwy 11 and Elgin (mileposts 0 to 37.5) due to extreme winter conditions, slick roads, continuous snow, narrow travel lanes with limited shoulders, and high snow berms adjacent to the road, ODOT reports. Use alternate routes. This closure is expected to last all day and into the night. More Info Here


KENNEWICK, Wash. — Another winter storm is upon us with heavy wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour and heavy snow in the Cascade and Blue mountains.

Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. Hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

Depending on where you live or where you’re traveling, blowing and accumulating snow could make it very difficult to drive.

To help you through the storm, KAPP-KVEW’s First Alert Weather team has compiled video forecasts, headlines and resources below.

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  • Washington Severe Weather Alerts
    • Wind Advisory
      • Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Washington; Foothills of the Blue Mountains of Washington; Kittitas Valley; Lower Columbia Basin of Washington; Simcoe Highlands; Yakima Valley
        • …WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING…
          * WHAT…West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.
          * WHERE…Portions of central, south central and southeast Washington and central, north central and northeast Oregon.
          * WHEN…Until 9 PM PST Friday. * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
          * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Patchy blowing dust will be possible in parts of the Lower Columbia Basin, mainly late morning and afternoon.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:16 AM
          Expires 2/26/2021 09:00 PM
          Instructions: Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
      • Lower Garfield and Asotin Counties; Moses Lake Area; Upper Columbia Basin; Washington Palouse; Waterville Plateau; Wenatchee Area
        • …WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON…
          * WHAT…West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
          * WHERE…In Washington, Wenatchee Area, Waterville Plateau, Washington Palouse, Lower Garfield and Asotin Counties, Upper Columbia Basin and Moses Lake Area. In Idaho, Idaho Palouse.
          * WHEN…Until 4 PM PST this afternoon.
          * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
          Issued 2/26/2021 03:01 AM
          Expires 2/26/2021 04:00 PM
          Instructions: Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
    • Winter Storm Warning
      • East Slopes of the Washington Cascades
        • …PERIODS OF HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…
          …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING ABOVE 2500 FEET…
          * WHAT…Heavy snow above 2500 feet. Additional snow accumulations of 10 to 16 inches. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in the lower elevations. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph through Friday evening. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.
          * WHERE…East Slopes of the Washington Cascades.
          * WHEN…Until 10 PM PST this evening.
          * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:11 AM
          Expires 2/26/2021 10:00 PM
          Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
  • Oregon Severe Weather Alerts
    • Wind Advisory
      • Central Oregon; East Columbia River Gorge; Foothills of the Northern Blue Mountains of Oregon; Foothills of the Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon; John Day Basin; Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon; North Central Oregon
        • …WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING…
          * WHAT…West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.
          * WHERE…Portions of central, south central and southeast Washington and central, north central and northeast Oregon.
          * WHEN…Until 9 PM PST Friday.
          * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
          * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Patchy blowing dust will be possible in parts of the Lower Columbia Basin, mainly late morning and afternoon.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:16 AM
          Expires 2/26/2021 09:00 PM
          Instructions: Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
    • Winter Storm Warning
      • Northern Blue Mountains of Oregon
        • …PERIODS OF HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…
          …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY…
          * WHAT…Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 12 to 20 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph through Friday evening. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.
          * WHERE…In Washington, Northwest Blue Mountains. In Oregon, Northern Blue Mountains of Oregon.
          * WHEN…Until 10 AM PST Saturday.
          * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:11 AM
          Expires 2/27/2021 10:00 AM
          Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
      • Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon
        • …PERIODS OF HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…
          …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY…
          * WHAT…Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, except 3 to 6 inches below 4000 ft. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph through Friday evening. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.
          * WHERE…Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon.
          * WHEN…Until 10 AM PST Saturday.
          * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:11 AM
          Expires 2/27/2021 10:00 AM
          Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1
      • Grande Ronde Valley; Wallowa County
        • …PERIODS OF HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…
          …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY…
          * WHAT…Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph through Friday afternoon. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.
          * WHERE…Grande Ronde Valley and Wallowa County.
          * WHEN…Until 10 AM PST Saturday.
          * IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
          Issued 2/26/2021 04:11 AM
          Expires 2/27/2021 10:00 AM
          Instructions: If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
AVALANCHE: Washington’s Dept. of Transportation dropped explosives from a helicopter Wednesday to trigger an avalanche near I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass:

WSDOT officials say crews need to clear these avalanche-prone parts of the mountain every five years or so.