You survived awkward family conversations, smiling at gifts you hoped never to receive, and possibly eating more than any human should.
Now, it’s time to head home — and, if you plan to cross the mountains, the National Weather Service is warning that it might not be an easy drive.
The weather service has issued a winter storm warning extending through Wednesday morning, telling drivers to expect heavy snowfall throughout the Cascade mountains.
The winter storm warning lasts from 4 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
“Every pass over the Cascades will get snow,” the storm advisory said. “Highways are likely to close at times for avalanche control. Some highways may be closed altogether.”
Two to four feet of snow are expected to accumulate in the Cascades between Monday and Tuesday night, while one to two feet are expected in the Olympic Mountains, the weather service said.
While the storm advisory is in effect, the weather service advised traveling over the mountains only in an emergency, warning that travel will be dangerous.
For those who must travel, the agency advises drivers to keep extra flashlights, food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency.
In the South Sound, light snowfall was expected in the Tacoma area Monday night, but the weather service said it probably wouldn’t stick.
The agency predicted a chance of snow showers in Tacoma and Olympia on Sunday, New Year’s Day.
Some forecasts predict a light dusting of snow could arrive in the South Sound early next week, between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.