Icy conditions could create road hazards during commute

December 30, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2010

Motorists should prepare for icy roads and hazardous conditions during the Thursday morning commute.

East King County is most likely to experience hazardous road conditions, after  temperatures dropped to freezing levels early Tuesday evening. Many roads remained wet from snowfall earlier in the day.

Conditions should improve later in the day as the mercury climbs to 40 after a night of below-freezing temperatures. Forecasters said Thursday and Thursday night should be clear and dry.

Issaquah and King County crews readied late Tuesday afternoon to toil through the night to keep roads clear.

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.

King County Metro Transit remains on snow watch for Thursday, and planners urged riders to prepare for potential delays.

If drivers must abandon vehicles along Issaquah streets, park clear of travel lanes to allow snow equipment to pass. (The city tows vehicles left abandoned in travel lanes. Call the Issaquah Police Department nonemergency line, 837-3200, to locate vehicles after a snowstorm.)

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