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Winter weather is here -urgent weather watch issued

January 9, 2024

By: Katherine Trowbridge





Winds are creating some significant wind chills (nearly a 10 degree drop from the regular temp). However, these winds are ushering in more than just seasonally cold temperatures.


The winds are also bringing in a Winter Storm Watch that predicts significant snowfall for our area. Snow is predicted for Kittitas Valley, Yakima Valley, Lower Columbia Basin, and the Foothills of the Blue Mountains from late Thursday night to late Saturday night.


The National Weather Service Pendleton OR issued an URGENT message this afternoon for these same areas including all of Franklin County.


The weather service stated a WINTER STORM WATCH is IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches possible.

WHEN...From late Thursday night through late Saturday night.

IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.


The North Franklin School District issued the following statement in response to the pending winter weather, "At the North Franklin School District we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 am. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6:00 am. Announcements include: - Automated call home - Automated text (send "Y" or "Yes" to 67587 to opt-in) - NFSD Website live feed - NFSD Mobile app live feed - NFSD Facebook - Local news/radio stations."


Be sure to take heed and travel only if necessary during the winter storm. Leave extra time for travel and be prepared for conditions.


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