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Traffic: I-5 Drivers Could See First Flakes Overnight

A chance of snow showers expected overnight Monday and Tuesday morning in Gig Harbor.

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 a 3-day forecast for Gig Harbor via National Weather Service:

  • Monday Night: A chance of rain showers before 10 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow showers between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., then a chance of snow showers after 4 a.m. Snow level 300 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. South southwest wind 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tuesday: A chance of snow showers before 10 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level rising to 600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tuesday Night: Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 10pm. Snow level 600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. South wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Wednesday: Rain. High near 40. South wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
  • Wednesday Night: Rain. Low around 37. South wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
  • Thursday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

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 atwww.wsdot.wa.gov/inform.
  • 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.

- Information courtesy of WSDOT.

Akiko Oda December 18, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Good reminder from the WSP: We've handled 27 collisions so far today in Thurston & Pierce Co's. Slow down and increase your following distance. (8:13 am Tuesday)

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