WSDOT, WSP crews need drivers help today

As a large winter storm system works its way through Western Washington, drivers are asked to delay travel if possible.
“If you can, delay travel until Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Chris Christopher, Maintenance Director for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). “Conditions continue to deteriorate today, especially in the Puget Sound area. If you have to be on the road, slow down, drive for conditions and let WSDOT trucks through.”
Christopher said WSDOT has all its crews out, but it’s difficult to clear the roads in high-traffic areas.
“If you must drive, slow down and increase your following distance,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “Leave early so you won’t be tempted to rush and risk a collision.”
Christopher said weather reports indicate the storm should move out of Puget Sound and Southwest Washington area Tuesday.
“But we will still see low temperatures and the snow should continue in the mountain passes. Those traveling for Thanksgiving need to be prepared and carry chains,” he said.
WSDOT is ready for the expected increased traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday. Drivers should be prepared, check travel and roadway conditions on WSDOT’s Web site and pack their winter weather supplies, including tire chains. For more winter driving tips, go to .