Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Saturday through Sunday evening

The NWS expects the next storm system to be stronger than either of the 2 earlier storms this week and plans to issue a WINTER STORM WARNING for Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Today’s 12:30 p.m. weather briefing from the National Weather Service predicts the following impacts for Clark County:

Weather and Temperatures:

• Temperatures will be at or below freezing Friday afternoon through Monday morning.

• Snow will begin Saturday early afternoon and transition to freezing rain around 12 midnight. Snow accumulation may range from 4 – 10 inches, depending on when the transition to freezing rain occurs. Freezing rain will continue through Sunday. Significant ice accumulation up to ½ inch is expected Saturday and Sunday. Monday, the freezing rain will transition back to snow in the morning with the temperature hovering around freezing on Monday.

• The east wind will be strong in the east county areas, especially near Camas and Washougal with gusts up to 45 MPH.

A Winter Storm Warning means, "The hazard is occurring or imminent and poses a threat to life and property."

Take the opportunity now to restock your preparedness kit and revisit your family emergency plan. Your actions in the next 24 hours will directly correspond to your safety and comfort in the days to come.

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