Winter Storm Warning for South Washington Cascades, WA

This alert expired on December 24, 2015 at 4:00:00 AM PST
National Weather Service
Alert area: South Washington Cascades

Posted December 23, 2015 at 2:40:00 PM PST

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 AM PST Thursday for the north Oregon Cascades, Lane County Cascades and the South Washington Cascades.

  • Timing: snow showers will continue through tonight, and may be heavy at times.
  • Accumulations: an additional 3 to 7 inches this evening and tonight.
  • Winds: West to southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph, strongest at higher elevations, will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.
  • Snow levels: Generally 1000 feet.
  • Impacts: roads will be snow covered and slick, causing travel difficulties. Visibilities will be poor at times due to blowing and drifting of snow tonight.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight. Food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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