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Chelan County Public Works Road Maintenance Update »

WEATHER ALERT: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 10 a.m. Tuesday. That means travel could be difficult on your evening and morning commutes.

The National Weather Service in Spokane reports that moderate to heavy snow accumulations will return by late this afternoon and spread across the remainder of the Inland Northwest this evening. Snow will be heavy tonight and Tuesday morning. Snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches expected in Wenatchee, Chelan, Entiat, Cashmere, Waterville, Mansfield, and Badger Mountain Road. We will see a brief break in the snowfall Tuesday in some locations, with the snow restarting Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday.

All crews will be doing snow and ice control this week. In some districts, that includes pushing back snow in cul-de-sacs and turnarounds as well as winging back snow with a grader to widen roads.

Chelan County Public Works reminds motorists to consider staying off the roads in adverse conditions. Motorists are asked to take extra precautions if they must drive, including: Do not drive in snow drifts, stay at least 150 back from snowplows, drive at a reduced speed and give yourself plenty of space between vehicles.

Office Closure: Chelan County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509-667-6415
Fax: 509-667-6250


Chelan County Road Crews Prepping for Heavy Weekend Snow »

Chelan County road crews prepping for heavy weekend snow

With a forecast of heavy snowfall in the coming days, Chelan County Public Works road crews are making plans to be out in full force over the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Spokane predicts heavy snow will begin falling in the Wenatchee area by 10 p.m. Friday and will likely continue through Saturday morning. Snow and freezing temperatures are expected throughout the weekend. Forecasters are expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow, with a potential for even more snow in some areas. Drifting and blowing snow, due to high winds, is expected to also cause low visibility on area roadways.

A Winter Storm Watch was in effect Thursday but was expected to be upgraded as conditions change, according to the NWS.

County crews will be out plowing roads and applying de-icing agents and sand. Crews will be concentrating on major arterials and roadways, listed as Priority 1 and Priority 2 roads on the Chelan County Snow & Ice Removal Priorities Map. Priority 3 roads may not get cleared until Monday so snowplows can stay on schedule in the adverse conditions.

Citizens are encouraged to review Chelan County snowplow priority routes to determine what kind of roads they live on, or the routes they must travel on. Motorists are reminded not to drive in snow drifts or in conditions of low visibility. Be prepared for impassable roads. Citizens should stay off the roads if possible and clear any vehicles from the roadway so plows can work.

Additional information:

Helping out Your County Snowplow Operators this Winter

Chelan County Snow Removal Policies

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509-667-6415
Fax: 509-667-6250


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