Crews shift focus to ice; snow re-enters forecast Saturday

February 24, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5 p.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Crews plan to tackle ice on Issaquah-area roads as forecasters predict the temperature to plunge to 15 degrees overnight Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said Friday should be clear and cold in Issaquah. Temperatures should dip into the teens again overnight Friday.

Snow re-enters the forecast Saturday. The chance of precipitation during the day is 60 percent, and up to a half-inch of accumulation is possible.

Rain and temperatures in the 40s should return Sunday.

In the meantime, Issaquah road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight Wednesday and continued to work throughout Thursday on lower-priority streets.

Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.

Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

State Department of Transportation leaders deployed more than 200 snowplows and trucks to plow and treat Western Washington roadways. The agency directed commuters to check traffic cameras and traffic alerts before trips.

King County Road Services Division crews also deployed for 24-hour operations to combat snow and ice.

Motorists should drive for conditions by reduce speeds, using careful steering and braking slowly; by slowing down and watching for ice near intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady spots; by avoiding the use of cruise control; and by leaving enough room between vehicles. Remember, large vehicles take longer to stop.

King County Metro Transit planners urged riders to check the winter weather website before traveling. Many Eastside bus routes remain on snow routing Thursday.

Sound Transit also offers rider alerts on specific routes throughout the Puget Sound region.

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