FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Dec. 29, 1996
Lowry proclaims winter storm emergency
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry proclaimed
a state of emergency at 11 a.m. today as a result of the severe
winter weather conditions throughout much of the state. The governor's
proclamation covers Clallam, King, Kitsap, Mason, Island, Pierce,
San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties and
activates the Washington National Guard to assist in in areas
requesting additional assistance.
The Washington Department of Transportation advises motorists
to stay off roads today due to treacherous driving conditions,
including snow, ice and slush. Officials urged motorists to be
especially cautious of standing water in roadways.
Local officials also urge homeowners and business owners to check
structures with flat roofs to ensure that water is draining to
The state's major mountain passes - Stevens , Snoqualmie and
White - are all closed. For current information about mountain
pass conditions, call 1-800-SNO-INFO.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Olympia was fully activated
at 8:20 a.m. today to support local jurisdictions in their response
to the winter storm emergency. Staff from the Washington State
Emergency Management Division are coordinating with other state
agencies to provide state support for local agency requests for
More than 200,000 Washington residents are still reported to
be without electrical power.
For additional information, contact Mark Clemens at the Washington Emergency Management Division at 360-438-7737.