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WSDOT Wants To Remind Drivers To Drive For Conditions

OLYMPIA, Wash. – With weather forecasts calling for ice across the state and snow in the Puget Sound and Southwest Washington, drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions overnight and into the Monday morning commute.

"Our crews are out and facing challenging conditions all over the state," said Chris Christopher, Maintenance Director for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). "The temperatures are getting lower so any moisture will freeze overnight. And we expect snow and wind especially in the South Sound region near Olympia and south to Vancouver. We are pre-treating the roadways but drivers need to be prepared and drive for conditions."

Christopher noted the wind chill will make it feel even colder. And there will also be wind and snow through much of Eastern Washington.

"The conditions look much better for travel later Monday and into Tuesday and Wednesday," he said.

WSDOT is ready for the expected increased traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday. Drivers should be prepared, check travel and roadway conditions on WSDOT's website and pack their winter weather supplies, including tire chains. For more winter driving tips, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter.

Know Before You Go

  • WSDOT offers several ways to get up-to-date traffic and construction information from our website before you leave your home or office.
  • Look at weather forecasts and road temperatures throughout the state.
  • A color-coded map shows statewide traffic conditions.
  • Call 511. WSDOT's driver information phone line provides real-time traffic, incident and closure information. TTY users can call 1-800-833-6388.

On the Road

  • Overhead and roadside electronic signs provide emergency and incident alerts and, in some Seattle-area locations during rush hours, point-to-point travel times.
  • Highway advisory radio allows drivers to tune in to hear updates when the flashing lights along the highway are activated.
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