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Season’s first big snow storm headed for the Treasure Valley

A line of trucks sit stalled as truckers prepare to chain up south of Ladd Canyon in this file photo. The season's first major winter storm is projected to hit the Treasure Valley beginning tonight. (Photo courtesy of the state Transportation Department).

ONTARIO – As a powerful winter storm readies to roll over the lower Treasure Valley, local emergency service agencies are urging motorists to use extreme caution.

“We strongly encourage motorists to reduce speed, wear their seatbelts and give themselves plenty of time,” said Oregon State Police Lt. Mark Duncan.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the local area – including Vale and Ontario – was under a winter weather advisory from 11 p.m. tonight until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 “The precipitation will be coming from the south and will be focused along the mountains,” said Korri Anderson, a . . .