Old Man Winter isn’t giving up just yet, the National Weather Service in Pendleton is forecasting winter weather and windy conditions for parts of south central Washington and northeast Oregon. Tri-Cities and towns around the basin can expect 1 to 2 inches of snow or a wintry mix. The snow or wintery mix is expected to begin late tonight (after 11pm) and continue into Wednesday morning - let's hope Richland middle school students don't get a snow day the first day they're scheduled to be back for in-class learning.

For those living in or planning to travel in northeast Oregon, especially the foothills of the Blue Mountains, can expect gusty winds up to 50 MPH along with the snow. Be sure to plan ahead before you go and get the latest road conditions from the Washington State Department of Transportation by calling 511 and Oregon Department of Transportation at tripcheck.com.

Walla Walla will see rain and snow mixed with gusty winds through the night. Travelers heading north to Spokane will face winter weather with a mix of snow and rain on Wednesday. Eastbound I-90 Snoqualmie pass will likely be clear with rain on and off through the weekend with highs in the mid 30s.

The Tri-Cities extended forecast looks like it will be partly sunny and dry Friday through Saturday with highs in the upper 40s, and possibly reaching the low 50s on Sunday. Let’s hope for lots of snow in the mountains and for the Groundhog not to see his shadow on February 2nd and we get an early spring in Tri-Cities.