Issaquah crews mobilize as snow accumulates on roads
February 23, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011
Issaquah road crews deployed Wednesday night as a significant snowstorm started to blanket the region and temperatures plunged into the 20s.
City Public Works Operations crews plan to work around the clock through the night and Thursday morning to clear priority routes and, then, as conditions allow, side streets.
Motorists could face a problematic commute Thursday morning, as snow showers continue and the temperature hovers in the 30s.
Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.
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.)
King County Road Services Division crews readied for 24-hour operations to combat snow and ice Wednesday.
Motorists traveling on roads at higher elevations and plateau areas — such as the Sammamish Plateau — encountered snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Motorists traveling anywhere in the county could encounter snow as conditions worsen throughout Wednesday.
County planners urged motorists to monitor the latest weather forecasts and to 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.
Meanwhile, the winter storm warning for Western Washington remains in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday.
Nighttime snow accumulation in Issaquah could range from 2 to 4 inches, depending on elevation. National Weather Service meteorologists predicted another inch could fall in the area Thursday morning.
The mercury is expected to plummet into the teens Thursday night and, although the forecast includes snow showers, meteorologists expect little to no accumulation.