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CONDITIONS ADVISORY

North Spokane County - Crews worked overnight plowing. The big push right now is sanding and de-icing. The only significant trouble is in Deer Park where 9 inches of snow fell.
Spokane Valley - Crews are de-icing and sanding. Conditions are mostly good
South Spokane County - Crews are sanding and de-icing. Windy, but snow is heavy and not blowing.
*The concern now is as the temps drop, snow and water will freeze solid, crews are trying to stop the ice before it forms. Be prepared for extreme cold.

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a wind chill warning which is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday evening to 4 p.m. Monday. The winter storm warning has been canceled.

A wind chill warning means wind chill values of 20 below or colder are likely. The combination of the bitter cold and strong winds can freeze exposed skin in a matter of minutes so dress warmly. Layers of protective clothing are more effective than a single layer of thick clothing.

This warning includes the following locations: Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Spokane, Cheney, Davenport and Rockford.

Meanwhile, the major round of snow has come and gone. For the remainder of Saturday a chance of snow showers remains to the north and snow showers are likely to the south, which may be heavy at times.

Snowfall in Spokane totaled between 2 and 3 inches, with 14" in Sandpoint and 19" at Sweitzer.

Throughout the next 24 hours there will be areas of blowing snow as temperatures drop, snow dries out and winds pick up. The winds are expected from the northeast and will be between 15 and 30 miles per hour.

Saturday night is going to be very cold. Low temperatures are expected to dip below zero with wind chill and remain at or a little above zero into Sunday morning. There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers on Sunday as we head into sunnier but still cold conditions on Monday.

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For the Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Metaline Falls areas, an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow is likely Saturday. Storm total  accumulations will be 12 to 15 inches.

Further west in Colville, Republic, Deer Park and Kettle Falls 2 to 5 inches of snow is expected Saturday. Storm total  accumulations will likely range from 7 to 12 inches.

For the Okanogan Valley including Omak, Oroville and Brewster, total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches will be common.  By mid morning Saturday, blustery north winds will cause considerable  blowing and drifting of snow.

Winds of 15 to 25 mph will be common over much of northern Washington and northern Idaho today. Gusts  as high as 40 mph will be possible through the Okanogan valley and  in the Idaho panhandle from Sandpoint to Rathdrum. Visibilities may be near zero at times due to blowing snow.

Temperatures will fall from near 30 in the mid morning Saturday to the teens in the afternoon with north to northeast winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour providing blowing snow in open areas and wind chills factors falling near 0 by the end of the afternoon.

Sunday is looking just plain cold with a few snow showers and mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will only be in the single digits, just above zero in the morning, and rise only to about 10 or 12 degrees for the afternoon.

"We are checking the forecasts and moving crews and materials to where we believe will be the hardest-hit areas," said WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond. "But the weather experts tell us pockets of snow and ice can develop at the last minute and all drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions."

WSDOT has closed SR 410 (Chinook Pass) and SR 123 (Cayuse Pass) and is closing SR 20 North Cascades Highway at midnight to protect drivers and recreational users. Crews will evaluate the roadways Monday.

Forecasts indicate much of the state will see its first hit of winter weather, but winter in the mountains means any day could bring strong winds, poor visibility, ice, and snow on the roadway. Drivers who are ready for the weather and drive safely help WSDOT and themselves. One spin-out can block traffic for hours and cause additional incidents.

Clearing incidents can also take our crews away from road-clearing activities.

Staying safe in your home

Staying safe in your car

  • Create or purchase a 3-day disaster supplies kit. Kits should include water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items for medical conditions for each member of your family. Also keep additional blankets, bottled water, and a flashlight with extra batteries available.
  • When using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.
  • If you purchase a fresh Christmas tree, secure it in a sturdy stand away from heat sources and exits and water it daily. If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.
Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials. Take special care when burning candles and never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Have your car winterized and keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include blankets, food, water, flares, chains, gloves and first aid supplies.
  • Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Allow extra time when traveling. Let someone know your destination, route, and when you expect to arrive. Monitor weather conditions carefully and adhere to travel advisories.
  • If you do get stuck, stay with your car-do not try to walk to safety. Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna and keep your overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.

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