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December 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Blizzard warning issued for central and south Washington Cascades

If you don’t have to drive in the mountains Monday, don’t.

A blizzard warning for the Cascade Mountains in central and southern Washington, and in northern and central Oregon, will remain in effect until  6 p.m. Monday.  Snow was expected to fall Sunday night and through Monday.

Among the central locations expecting blizzard conditions: Hurricane Ridge, Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass, White Pass and the Paradise Ranger Station. Snow in those areas is expected to be accompanied by winds of 40 to 60 mph, with gusts up to 75 mph. At higher ridges in the central Cascades, gusts are expected to reach as high as 90 mph. Winds should start dying down by late Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Visibility is expected to be a quarter-mile or less from the blowing snow, with whiteout conditions in higher elevations and along the passes. About 1 to 3 feet of snow is expected in the central Cascades through Monday evening.

Because of the dangerous conditions, the Weather Service recommends you travel in those areas only if absolutely necessary, and that you do so with a winter survival kit that contains a flashlight, food, water and blankets.

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