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DOT Gears Up For Busy Weekend Over Snoqualmie Pass

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Department of Transportation is calling on extra crews to help out with the expected bad conditions on Snoqualmie Pass this weekend.

Crews from Seattle to Pasco will be busy plowing snow to keep the pass open for drivers. The DOT is gearing up for a busy weekend. Drivers planning to make the trip over Snoqualmie Pass should prepare for extreme winter conditions.

A winter storm warning is in effect for King and Kittitas Counties this weekend. Forecasters expect four to six inches of fresh snow to hit Snoqualmie Pass on Thursday night and up to nine inches on Friday.

Avalanche crews might be performing avalanche control work, which could temporarily stop traffic and cause delays. Still, the DOT's Mike Westbay says he's confident that the extra crews will help keep people moving through the pass.

"Whenever we have weather predicted to bring us more than six inches of snow in a 12-hour period, we call in the reinforcements," he said.

And here's a few things you can do to keep yourself safe while driving over the pass:

-Drive slower than posted speed limits

-Keep your cell phone fully charged

-Allow yourself extra time to travel

-Make sure you fill up your gas tank

-And for up-to-date pass conditions, check our Web site.

Besides the bad weather, there'll be heavy traffic on Snoqualmie Pass this weekend, because of the Seahawks playoff game and WSU students head back to school on Monday.