Before heading home for Spring Break, please check with WSDOT for pass conditions. On social media, you can find the latest WSDOT information at WSDOT Passes, WSDOT, and WSDOT Facebook. Drive slowly and increase following distances this weekend. Be prepared for delays and possible pass closures. Fill your fuel tank, and leave prepared with blankets, snacks and water. Avoid distractions- put your cell phone away and pull over at a safe place if you need to take a call or want to have a snack. Drive alert. Keep in mind, travel CAN wait until weather conditions improve over the passes.
Moderate to heavy rainfall combined with mild temperatures through Thursday may lead to increased snowmelt and renewed threats for possible ice jams and flooding. Numerous reports of flood problems across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Several roads are experiencing some degree of flooding. Paradise Creek at Moscow is above flood stage. Please take appropriate caution and report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you can do so safely.
Never drive vehicles through flooded areas as water may be too deep to pass safely. As little as one foot of water on the road can move most vehicles off the road.
Rain, snowmelt and ice jams may cause small stream flooding and localized flooding issues beginning early Thursday around the Palouse. Rain and melting snow may cause street flooding in urban areas which can impact residences and businesses. Clear storm drains to help mitigate possible flooding. Continue monitoring local forecasts at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/otx/ and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action.
Operations at Washington State University’s Pullman campus will be suspended for the rest of the day today, January 18, 2017, due to inclement weather.
Employees who have reported to work please take care when returning to home. Recommendation is to wait until temperatures rise and before temperatures drop again. Please “Take it slow on ice and snow” and use extreme caution on sidewalks and roadways.
Human Resource Services is open today with limited staffing to answer questions. 509-335-4521.
Freezing rain advisory remains in effect from 9AM this morning to 4PM this afternoon. Ice accumulations between a trace to a few hundreths. A band of very light wintry precipitation arrives this morning after 10AM coming in the form of freezing rain, sleet or snow. Any sleet or freezing rain will lead to very slick roads and walkways. This will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and walkways. Slow down and use caution while driving and walking along sidewalks.
Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this week.
A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above freezing temperatures to much of the region and the potential for significant rainfall to far eastern Washington. With widespread low elevation snow across the Palouse, there is the possibility for small stream and urban flooding with this weather pattern.
Temperatures are expected be above freezing from Tuesday through Thursday. The system is also expected to bring about three inches of rain to the Palouse region.
The potential impacts from the snowmelt and rainfall runoff include ponding … » More …
Dense fog advisory in effect until 10AM this morning. Visibility may be less than a quarter mile, creating treacherous driving conditions. Drivers plan for poor visibility and slick roads. If you are driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
Active winter weather returns to the region this weekend. A moist Pacific storm system will bring light snow to the region tonight before a second round of heavier precipitation Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. This storm will bring accumulating snow followed by a messy wintry mix of precipitation to much of the Eastern Columbia Basin by Sunday afternoon and evening. ICE ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH. HIGHEST ICE ACCUMULATION EXPECTED ON HIGHWAY 395 FROM RITZVILLE TO CONNELL.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 5 INCHES ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 90 WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS UP TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE COEUR D`ALENE » More …
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 4 PM Wednesday through 10 AM Thursday. Snow accumulations are 2 to 4 inches. Impacts- roads will become increasingly snow covered tonight and will likely impact the Thursday morning commute. Motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions.
Snow will be followed by very cold temperatures and brisk north winds resulting in dangerous wind chill values Friday night and Saturday. Cold weather will persist into the weekend but should moderate by early next week.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. … » More …
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. Snow accumulations are 3 to 6 inches, beginning late Thursday afternoon and increasing in intensity Thursday night, tapering off to scattered snow showers late Friday afternoon or evening. More snow is expected Saturday. Impacts- heavy snow accumulation on area roads will make driving difficult and treacherous. The Friday morning commute period will be particularly impacted.
A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Please plan ahead when traveling. Consider rescheduling … » More …