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Travel safer this winter by following these tips

Snowy campus scene
Green River is particularly susceptible to increased snow and ice than the surrounding low-lying areas.

Getting around the Puget Sound during the winter months presents special challenges, perhaps even more so when trying to get to any of Green River's campuses.

With elevations reaching as high as 750 feet at the Enumclaw Campus, Green River is particularly susceptible to increased snow and ice than the surrounding low-lying areas, so it's a good idea to prepare for those potentially longer-than-normal commutes.

For Green River closure status and emergency updates, you can stay informed by:

The college's Emergency Operations Committee will provide updates to the college community in the event of inclement weather or emergency situation. In the event of inclement weather, the EOC will base its decisions on the condition of roadways leading to and from the campuses.

Washington State Department of Transportation recommends preparing for winter travel before the snow hits, such carrying a winter survival kit with the following items:

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Blanket
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Gloves and boots
  • First-aid kit

Also, don't forget to load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables and road flares.

WSDOT also reminds you to:

  • Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
  • Keep your fuel tank full - don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).

If you find yourself stranded, be safe, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.

See more winter preparedness tips at Take Winter By Storm  website. 

View WSDOT's winter survival kit (pdf 189k)