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Tumbleweeds Swallow Cars, Shut Down Highway

1 Jan 2020, 9:09 pm

In southeast Washington Tuesday, the snowplows came out to clear the highway of…tumbleweeds!

Trooper Thorson updated the public via Twitter New Year’s Eve & Day after strong winds literally swallowed vehicles on Washington Route 240!

It’s impressive to get tumbleweeds scooting across any highway, but to get them “piled 20-30 feet in places” as Trooper Thorson mentions, is really something!

Daylight broke New Year’s Day and public works was able to clear the roadway and get to the vehicles. This particular vehicle did not have anyone inside.

Wind gusts were in the range of 40 miles per hour through New Year’s, but some locations across the West had wind gusts up to 80 or 90 mph (mostly in Montana, Wyoming).

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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