The Washington State Department of Transportation has issued a safety alert for motorists heading to areas where severe weather could threaten.
The advisory states, “The storm could bring heavy snowfall and wind gusts up to 60 mph.”
The advisory is in effect for:Southeast Washington – Seattle, King County, Pierce, Snohomish, Pierce and IssaquahThe storm is expected to bring heavy downpours and heavy rain to areas from the Puget Sound to the Columbia River.
The storm, which was expected to be a big part of the week, was forecast to bring up to 6 inches of snow in Seattle, up to 4 inches in the Pugetechnics, up 2 inches in Tacoma and 2 inches to the Portland area.
“I think the big concern right now is we’re going to see the heaviest snowfall, heaviest snowstorm and heaviest snow and wind damage,” Washington State Patrol Trooper David Dyer said.
The state is warning people to avoid travel on the roads that will be closed in anticipation of the storm.
The road closures are expected to last through Tuesday.
Officials expect heavy snow to fall in the area, especially in the Cascade Mountains and in the northern part of Washington.
The National Weather Service issued a severe weather advisory for the region Tuesday morning.
The storm warning includes heavy snow, isolated thunderstorms and flooding.
The weather agency is warning the area to avoid heavy snow and icy roads and said there could be some snow, ice and/or sleet.
It said heavy snow in the Columbia Basin could reach as high as 2 feet.
The Washington State Transportation Department is warning motorists to avoid the areas of the Northwest and southern Washington.
The roads that were closed in advance of Tuesday’s storm will be open for travel in the coming days.
“The State of Washington is preparing to open up some roadways to traffic, especially during these storm conditions,” a spokesman said in a statement.
The department will also offer special lane closures for drivers with disabilities and pedestrians.
The State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to exercise extreme caution while driving in the snow.
The department also issued a warning for people driving in areas where the storm could make travel difficult.
Drivers are advised to travel at their own risk.
The State of California has also issued warnings.
Driving through the mountains can be dangerous and dangerous for people who are on snow tires and may need extra care.
If you are traveling with a child, you must ensure that they are not left unattended in vehicles or in the back of a vehicle with a large child or other large object.
Drives in snow and ice will also be unsafe.
People who are in a snow-covered vehicle should not drive alone.
If your vehicle is not equipped with a snow or ice detector, do not park in the street, or in snow.
People who are stranded in the mountains are urged to call 911 and ask for assistance from the Coast Guard.