Weekend Weather Alert for Yakima Valley, Mar 13-14

In case you’ve been distracted by pandemic news and haven’t been paying attention to the weather, there are cold temperatures, wind and snow forecast for this weekend.

From the National Weather Service:

Issued: 8:21 AM Mar. 13, 2020 – National Weather Service

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND...

.An arctic cold front will bring much colder air into the region
late today through the weekend. At the same time, an upper level
storm system will bring abundant moisture from north to south,
with low elevation rain and mountain snow changing over to all
snow overnight tonight. Moderate to heavy mountain snow can be
expected over the Cascades and their east slopes and the Blues
and Wallowas of northeast Oregon/southeast Washington. In
addition, strong northeast winds across the Columbia Basin, the
Yakima and Kittitas Valleys will lead to areas of blowing and
drifting snow late tonight into Saturday, leading to treacherous
travel conditions. The snow should gradually become lighter by
Sunday, but unseasonably cold temperatures will linger on.
Yakima Valley-Lower Columbia Basin of Washington-Simcoe Highlands-
Including the cities of Naches, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima,
Connell, Prosser, Tri-Cities, Goldendale, and Bickleton
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 5 PM PDT SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph, leading to blowing and drifting
snow in some areas.

* WHERE...Yakima Valley, Lower Columbia Basin of Washington and
Simcoe Highlands.

* WHEN...From 5 PM this afternoon to 5 PM PDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Blowing snow could
significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions
could impact the evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.