Check weather before heading out for the holiday

Published on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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With ice storms across the state and snow in the Puget Sound area, drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our crews are out and facing challenging conditions all over the state,” said Chris Christopher, maintenance director for the Washington state Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

“The temperatures are getting lower so any moisture will freeze overnight. We are pre-treating the roadways but drivers need to be prepared and drive for conditions.”

Christopher said holiday travelers should be prepared, check travel and roadway conditions on WSDOT’s website and pack winter weather supplies, including tire chains.

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Know Before You Go

• WSDOT offers several ways to get up-to-date traffic and construction information from our website before you leave your home or office.

• Look at weather forecasts and road temperatures throughout the state.

• A color-coded map shows statewide traffic conditions.

• Call 511. WSDOT’s driver information phone line provides real-time traffic, incident and closure information.
On the Road

• Overhead and roadside electronic signs provide emergency and incident alerts.

• Highway advisory radio allows drivers to tune in to hear updates when the flashing lights along the highway are activated.
Other info

• The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) hosts an informational website at to help residents learn about hazards in their own community and how they can prepare for them.