Thanksgiving travelers should prepare for traffic snarls, harsh conditions

November 24, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

The kickoff to the holiday travel season started Wednesday as crews continued to clear ice and snow from roads.

The state Department of Transportation urged holiday travelers to prepare for the combination of winter driving conditions and traffic backups.

The agency also offers real-time information on traffic and mountain pass conditions. Drivers should prepare for harsh conditions by packing cold-weather supplies and tire chains as well.

Temperatures remain below freezing in most of the state, but DOT maintenance crews continue to toil around the clock to keep major highways bare and dry. Drivers should still expect ice in places — especially on less-traveled roadways — and should prepare for changing weather and road conditions all along holiday routes.

Forecasts call for more than a foot of snow in the mountain passes by Friday.

Washington State Patrol troopers plan extra patrols for the holiday weekend to find impaired drivers. Troopers spent much of the week helping drivers in snow and ice.

Now, as the weather starts to improve, the focus has shifted to DUI enforcement. The state patrol asks drivers to allow enough time for a safe commute by slowing down, increasing following distance, and not drinking and driving.

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One Response to “Thanksgiving travelers should prepare for traffic snarls, harsh conditions”

  1. Crews plan to monitor local roads for ice on Thanksgiving : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA on November 24th, 2010 6:45 pm

    […] state Department of Transportation offers travel tools to drivers using state highways and mountain passes for Thanksgiving trips. […]

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