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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Potential for Snow Continues Through Wednesday

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) participated in a weather briefing with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland this morning. Pacific County is divided in terms of potential weather impacts over the next 24 hours. The western portion of Pacific County remains under a winter weather watch while the eastern portion is under a winter weather warning.

·        Steady snow showers may continue through this afternoon. Snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected mainly above 500 feet.
·        A more organized system will spread steadier precipitation across the region later tonight and Wednesday. Temperatures may be cold enough for a portion of this to fall as snow before switching over to rain on Wednesday morning. The prime threat for snow is midnight to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
·        New snow accumulation of 10-20 inches in the Willapa Hills is expected by Wednesday afternoon.
·        High winds are also expected with this system with the highest winds impacting the Central Oregon Coast. Pacific County can expect sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. The prime threat for high winds is 6:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.  

A high degree of uncertainty remains as to where the snow will fall and where snow will turn to rain. PCEMA will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. Residents are always encouraged to update their emergency kits for vehicle and home and to be prepared for dangerous driving conditions.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.  Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.  Only travel in an emergency.  If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. 

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland.  This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

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