Snow closes schools, city events and activities

December 18, 2008

By Staff

Driving is treacherous, police say

UPDATED — 2:47 p.m. Dec. 18, 2008

Forecasts predict more snow could fall in Issaquah throughout the evening commute. Officials are advising people to stay home, if possible. Those who need to drive should prepare for winter driving conditions throughout the city.

Currently, no roads are closed in Issaquah. If roads are closed at a later time, they will be indicated on this online map.

City crews will focus on clearing Issaquah’s priority routes first, and then address side streets as conditions allow. Get maps of Issaquah’s snow priority routes here.

Drivers who get stuck in snow or ice should not abandon their vehicles in an area that would block traffic. Those vehicles will be towed.

The Issaquah School District was closed today, the second consecutive day of school closures. Go here for more information.

Road conditions are difficult across the region. Roads are closed in many areas and abandoned vehicles can be found on many roadways. State and local transportation officials are warning motorists to stay off the roads.

The city’s Public Works Operations team has been working around the clock to clear major routes and apply de-icing material. But the snow is piling up quickly and driving is becoming hazardous.

Snowy weather has prompted many people to stay home today, easing the workload for the city’s road crews and police. Nonetheless slippery conditions reduced Southeast 43rd Way to one lane, with East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast covered with ice and snow.

By 10:15 a.m., the police department had begun installing chains on its patrol cars, and city officials were advising travelers to use extreme caution if driving.

The city’s Web site is being updated continuously, said spokeswoman Autumn Monahan. It provides a wealth of information, tips, travel advisories, maps and emergency information here.

The Issaquah Library was planning to be open from noon – 4 p.m.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said there were relatively few accidents in the county as of 11 a.m.

“It’s really not bad. I’m surprised,” he said of the lack of accidents so far. But he urged people to stay at home. “Don’t go out if you don’t need to.”

The state Department of Transportation has travel tips and condition information here. You can find county weather and travel information here.

King County District Court in Issaquah was closed today, and all cases scheduled will be automatically rescheduled and written notice sent to all parties. Get more information here.

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