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Take care while dashing through the snow


Two Washington State Patrol cruisers perform a chain enforcement spot check along I-90 near North Bend. Travelers to higher elevations should carry chains and have approved tires when winter weather is expected.

There is snow in the passes. There is snow in Seattle and snow in Spokane. Wintery weather has settled upon most of Washington state. With flurries of snow come flurries of preventable accidents.

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol urge drivers to drive cautiously and to prepare their vehicles for winter driving. Tire chains are often required for vehicles under 10,000 pounds without four-wheel drive, and for all vehicles above 10,000 pounds. Pay attention to signage on the approach to mountain passes for requirements.

Washington State Patrol urges drivers to slow down, especially where ice is known to form such as over bridges, overpasses, and on- and off-ramps. Visit the WSDOT real-time highway status map and activate the “Weather Stations” tool to check conditions along your intended route.