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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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