Crews prepare for possible overnight freezing conditions

December 29, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Dec. 29, 2010

King County road crews continue to work around-the-clock amid the potential for possible freezing overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning.

East King County is most likely to experience hazardous road conditions, as temperatures drop to freezing levels early in the evening and roads remain wet from snowfall earlier in the day. The travel warnings extend into the Thursday morning commute.

Road Services Division crews plan to work through the to keep roadways safe for travel. Motorists should use caution, especially near hills and bridges, and monitor traffic and weather conditions.

Meanwhile, Issaquah crews continue to monitor conditions and plan to clear priority routes if needed.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said scattered snow showers could continue in the Issaquah area until 10 p.m. Wednesday. The nighttime temperature could dip to 32 degrees.

The temperature is forecast to rise to 36 degrees Thursday, and then fall into the upper 20s during the day Thursday.

Motorists can check road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah. The city debuted the program Tuesday.

King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

The state Department of Transportation is prepared to applying anti-icing material on dry roads and salt on wet roads throughout the afternoon and evening across the Puget Sound region. The effort involves Incident Response teams, including mini-sanders.

“The salt and anti-icer will prevent ice from forming on the road when the temperatures dip below freezing,” Dave McCormick, DOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations, said in a statement.

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