The Methow Valley is under two weather advisories tonight (Jan. 10) according to information provided by the National Weather Service:
1. Winter Storm Warning through 10 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 11)
2. Backcountry Avalanche Warning through 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 11)
Light snow is expected to develop late tonight and a strong winter storm is expected to move through on Thursday.
The Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 11) and covers the Methow Valley as well as Leavenworth, Conconully and Blewett Pass. Total accumulations in the valley are predicted to be in the range of 10″ to 15″ and 2′ to 3′ are expected at the crest of the North Cascades. If you must travel, it is advised that you be prepared for a winter-weather emergency with warm clothes and extra food. There is a good possibility that there will be times and areas with zero visibility.
There is also a Backcountry Avalanche Warning issued by the Northwest Avalanche Center out of Seattle in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. This warning includes the west and east slopes of the Cascades, including Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Paradise, White Pass and Mt. Hood. Avalanche danger is expected to be “High” due to heavy snow, rain and strong winds. Backcountry travel is not recommended in areas with a high avalanche danger. This warning does not apply to ski areas where avalanche mitigation measures are performed.