A severe winter storm came through SW Washington last week bringing many challenges to motorists. A number of collisions and delays due to heavy snow were seen on the state routes and interstates in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties.
The storm brought several inches of snow to the area which began falling Thursday and continued through the weekend. Less than 24 hours into the storm, 198 collisions were reported to the WSP Communications Center. Out of those collisions, one person suffered fatal injuries and nineteen others reported minor to serious injuries.
The storm created blowing snow, slick roadways, and extended travel times for motorists. In addition to the collisions, over 200 vehicles that were abandoned, disabled, or needing assistance were also contacted. The American Red Cross was called to help with blankets and water for stranded motorists.
This storm is a reminder to ensure your vehicle is in proper working condition. Inspect wiper blades, tires, and fluid levels before departing. Check out road conditions at WSDOT's website: www.wsdot.com/traffic or by calling 1-800-695-ROAD, 1-206-DOT-HIWY, or 511**. WSDOT provides real-time traffic information and camera images at major mountain passes and locations throughout the state. Real-time weather conditions and forecasts are also available on their website at www.wsdot.com/traffic/weather.
For additional winter driving information visit the WSP website at - http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/winter.htm. Videos, tips, and information on traction devices are made available to help motorists stay safe and reduce unexpected delays during winter driving months. The WSP wants to remind you to stock your vehicle with basic winter driving equipment to include the following: ice scraper and brush, small shovel, jumper cables, road flares, blankets, additional warm clothing, and flashlight with batteries.