Crews plan to monitor local roads for ice on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6:45 p.m. Nov. 24, 2010

King County crews plan to work on Thanksgiving to clear ice and compacted snow from high-priority roads in rural and unincorporated areas.

Issaquah public works crews plowed and sanded all of the snow-priority routes in the city. Find the snow priority map here.

The city has not closed any roads as a result of the Monday snowstorm.

The forecast calls for temperatures to climb after Thursday, but Road Services Division employees plan to monitor conditions in case ice forms on roads again.

Motorists planning to travel in the county during the holiday weekend, should check the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Motorists should also pay special attention to bridges and overpasses, because both can be more prone to freeze during late night and early morning hours. So, drivers should be on the lookout for black ice, as well as snow.

In addition, freezing rain is possible at higher elevations.

The state Department of Transportation offers travel tools to drivers using state highways and mountain passes for Thanksgiving trips.

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