n anticipation of my grandchildren coming to visit us around the Christmas holiday, I purchased a couple of plastic sleds. No frills, just basic 'whee' opportunities.

However, since there wasn't any sled-worthy snow on the ground, there was no sledding, and consequently, no whee. Fast-forward to this week, and many shovelers would argue, there's now too much whee.

Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Yakima, Central Washington, Cascade Mountains

Don't put your snow shovel or your sleds away just yet. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area.

When is the Winter Storm Warning in Effect?

According to the NWS:

THE WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM WEDNESDAY TO NOON PST THURSDAY

 

How Much Snow is Potentially Expected in Yakima?

Heavy snow is expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches. Light ice accumulations are possible late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning possible.

 

What Areas Are Affected by the Winter Storm Warning?

This Winter Storm Warning is for the Yakima and Kittitas Valleys. More snow is expected, heavy at times, in the mountain passes, so driving conditions may be challenging at times.

Be Prepared for Winter Driving Conditions, Slippery Roads, Possible Delays & Closures

Give yourself ample time to prepare for slippery roads, and generally poor driving conditions. If you must travel, keep up-to-date on-road and pass conditions and be prepared for delays. It is recommended to keep a flashlight, extra water, a blanket, and extra food in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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