Thanksgiving travelers should prepare for traffic snarls, harsh conditions
November 24, 2010
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.
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.