The Tri-Cities area is known far and wide for its "300 days of sunshine" a year. Besides wine, it's probably our biggest selling point to attract visitors and major events. There's another town just a few miles away that could steal our claim to fame.
If you're planning to head east on I-84, you better postpone the trip. I-84 is closed both eastbound and westbound between Exit 216 (six miles east of Pendleton) and Exit 302 (near Baker City) due to severe weather with snow and ice on the road.
According to the University of Washington Climate Outlook page and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction data, the probability of cooler temperatures is high for the Pacific Northwest this April through June. The summer months appear to be a tossup - it could be hellishly hot again.
After nearly a week of frigid temperatures, ice storms, and heavy snow, Mother Nature is shifting gears. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon from 7 am to 9 pm on Friday, January 7th.
The high wind warning is expected to continue through 4 pm this afternoon. Walla Walla County officials are recommending residents use extreme caution when driving on rural roads, and limit travel if possible.
If you're planning to drive to the west side of the mountains this week, make sure you're prepared with chains, plenty of fuel, a bathroom stop before you go, and some snacks. If you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle it shouldn't be a problem.