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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Next Pacific Northwest storm cranking up

Truckers will have to chain up in parts of Cascades, Rockies

Truckers will have to be ready to chain up again as they head through the Northwest. The next snowstorm was beginning to crank up Thursday morning and will impact travel in the valleys and mountains.


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Recent storms have dumped a few feet of snow in parts of the Cascades and northern Rockies. This next storm will add several more inches in some parts of the region, especially eastern Washington and northern Idaho, where the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory.

In Washington, Stevens Pass and Holden Village could see the biggest snow totals of 5 to 9 inches through late Thursday night. Look for 3 to 5 inches for Sherman Pass, Plain, Leavenworth and Stehekin, with up to to 3 or 4 inches in Spokane, Grand Coulee, Coulee City, Creston and Wilbur, as well as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

For some of these locations in the lower elevations, this will be the first accumulating snow of the season. Gusts will not likely be strong enough for the NWS to post alerts regarding hazardous winds. However, some spots of blowing snow are possible, reducing visibility at times.

In the valleys and along the Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 corridors from Seattle to far northern California, drivers will hit periods of potentially heavy rain. Some sections of US-101 may still be closed due to recent flooding and mudslides. Additional flooding may occur during this next storm.


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Major lanes of concern

• Interstate 5 from Seattle to Mount Shasta, California, heavy rain/flooding.
• Interstate 90 from just east of Moses Lake, Washington, to Coeur d’Alene, heavy snow.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 20 years of on-air experience, Nick has worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV forecasting weather and reporting on weather from the field. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in February 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” eight consecutive years.