By Mike Irwin / The Wenatchee World
Holiday travelers getting an early start to grandma’s house this week will likely find rainy and possibly snowy road conditions, particularly on mountain passes.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Stevens Pass from Monday afternoon through Wednesday evening and hazardous weather outlooks for Blewett and Snoqualmie passes during the same period.
Much of North Central Washington looks pretty slushy, too, with rain or snow predicted through Wednesday afternoon.
On Stevens Pass on Tuesday, heavy snow is expected above 3,500 feet, said a NWS warning. An accumulation of 4 to 8 inches is expected from a storm that could run through Tuesday night and, at times, reduce visibility and blanket roads with snow.
On Blewett and Snoqualmie passes, travelers should expect a mix of rain and snow from Monday afternoon through Wednesday evening. Heavy precipitation is expected Tuesday, with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible in the afternoon and 2 to 4 inches of snow likely that night.
Snow is also predicted Tuesday and Wednesday for Twisp, the northern Methow Valley and higher elevations of the Okanogan Valley. A 90 percent chance of snow is possible Tuesday in most of Okanogan County with the wet-weather pattern decreasing Wednesday morning.
Wenatchee can expect fairly steady rain Tuesday (a 90 percent chance during the day) with diminishing probability of precip beginning Tuesday night.
The NWS recommends travelers in all areas continue to monitor the forecast for updates through the days before Christmas. The latest conditions on mountain passes are available by dialing 511. NWS forecasts for specific areas and cities can be found at weather.gov.