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Weather pattern should hold

Expect more of the same -- freezing fog and low clouds -- as we head into the Christmas home stretch.

Forecasters are calling for patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m. today followed by mostly sunny skies, with a high near 33. The patchy freezing fog is expected to return after 10 p.m. tonight with lows around 28.

On Christmas Eve, forecasters are calling for patchy freezing fog during the day with a high near 31 and low around 27.

Christmas day in the Mid-Columbia will see patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m., followed by mostly cloudy skies and highs around 34 and lows around 30.

On Sunday, there's chance of rain with a high near 37 and a chance of rain and snow.

Ice and snow on the roads made driving dangerous in Yakima on Wednesday. The Washington State Patrol already had responded to nearly 40 vehicle accidents in the Yakima area before noon, agency spokesman Lt. Jim Keightley told the Yakima Herald-Republic.

"Any time you have snow- and ice-covered roads, you can count on people losing control and sliding around," Keightley said.

As always, the state patrol advises caution in such conditions.

Cross-mountain travel could be hampered by snow at higher elevations in the Cascades in coming days.

Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90 should see snow through Friday night, then rain or snow Christmas day, with mid-day highs above freezing until Sunday when the high drops back to 30.

It's best to check the latest forecast and embark during expected breaks from precipitation or fog events. Mid-day travel typically offers the safest conditions, especially when climbing over mountain passes, officials say.

Rain or snow are in the forecast for return travel on Sunday.

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