Strongest storm so far this winter expected this weekend

Release date: 01/10/2014
Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

The National Weather Service is advising that the strongest storm system so far this winter will bring wind and rain this weekend. The winds will increase later today (Friday), with the strongest winds expected between midnight tonight and tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Gusty winds will continue and peak again Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. Winds are expected to gradually ease Saturday evening.

High winds can result in tree damage, debris on roadways and power outages. If you encounter a nonfunctioning traffic signal, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Heavy rains reduce driver's visibility and can result in flooding.

Be prepared and make smart choices:

  • When driving, turn on your lights, slow down and watch for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • If you see flooding on the road -- turn around, don't drown.
  • Clear out storm drains and culverts adjacent to your property to prevent flooding.
To request help or report a road hazard:

Use caution and stay alert when traveling during stormy weather.

For road alerts, follow @WashCoRoads on Twitter.


Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and to operating the county roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Stephen Roberts, Communications Coordinator