Seattle area prepares for extreme winter weather

SEATTLE — Extreme cold temperatures along with snow and wind are expected to creep towards the Seattle area starting Saturday night.

“This dangerous cold will be the lowest and coldest temperatures that we’ve seen in more than a decade in Seattle,” says Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

From power crews to snow plows, resources across the region are already putting preparations in the place.

“We have line service staff on site or will be beginning Saturday afternoon going through Sunday evening,” says Debra Smith with Seattle City Light. “Of course we’ll be flexible and adjust those schedules as needed.”

Up on Snoqualmie Pass, around the clock clean-up has already begun as more snow is expected to move through the mountains.

WSDOT is asking all drivers to take their time and obey all road advisories.

“If you need to travel make sure your vehicle is prepared and that you are capable of the driving of the conditions,” says Lee Fanning of WSDOT.

Winter storms have already led to several spin outs and pass closures this winter season, and that has motivated some families to start their Christmas travel a little earlier this year than they anticipated.

“We were trying to leave earlier but my family kind of always leaves late so this is the best that we could do,” says Mary Haanen of Seattle.