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I-5 drivers could see first flakes overnight

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Date:  Monday, December 17, 2012

Contact: Alice Fiman, WSDOT Communications 360-705-7080 (Olympia)

OLYMPIA – Drivers traveling along the Interstate 5 corridor could see their first winter blast overnight, and wake to snow and ice for the Tuesday morning commute.

Washington State Department of Transportation crews are doing their part to keep traffic moving by proactively applying snow and ice-fighting materials and paying close attention to ramps, curves and bridges.

Drivers can do their part by staying engaged and monitoring the forecast. Always “know before you go” and get the most recent roadway information. It takes just one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic. Taking the time to prepare now will save time and reduce stress during the first winter storm.

Here’s what drivers can do to prepare for wintry roadway conditions:

  • Prepare using the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.
  • Download the WSDOT mobile app to your smartphone.
  • Sign up for news and social media tools such as Twitter at
  • Carry chains and know the traction and chain requirements. Mountain-pass traction and chain requirements are available on the WSDOT website, highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio.
  • Preset 530 AM and 1610 AM on your vehicle’s radio before traveling.


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