Busy weather causes driving challenges for Eastern Washington

Busy weather causes driving challenges for Eastern Washington

BLUE MOUNTAINS OF WASHINGTON - The state of Washington is getting great deal of rain, wind and snow Thursday, impacting travel for many in the state.

An update from the National Weather Service out of Pendleton said strong winds are expected to gust through the Blue Mountains area and the lower Columbia Basin of Oregon.

A wind advisory is in place until 4 a.m., Friday for cities including Boardman, Hermiston, Ione, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Dayton, Waitsburg and Walla Walla.

Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected, weather leaders caution.

The strongest winds are likely to come through from noon until 10 p.m., Thursday. The strongest gusts could reach up to 50 miles per hour and 55 miles per hour for the Southern Blue Mountains of Oregon, including Goldendale.

The upper Columbia Basin had a snowy day Thursday, with a Winter Weather Advisory until 4 p.m. Cities affected include Grand Coulee, Wilbur, and Coulee City, Creston, Hartline and Lincoln.

Winds and snowfall can make driving difficult and NWS officials ask that drivers use extra caution. The latest road conditions can be obtained by dialing 5-1-1.

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