Motorists urged to use caution on morning commute
February 24, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011
Issaquah-area residents awoke to deep snow in some spots and icy roads Thursday, as transportation officials urged commuters to use caution on the morning trek — or to stay home altogether.
In Issaquah, all roads remain open. Municipal road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight and continue to work 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.
King County Road Services Division crews also deployed for 24-hour operations to combat snow and ice.
Every King County Metro Transit bus route on the Eastside and in South King County is operating on a snow route Thursday morning.
The snowstorm could cause trips to be disrupted, delayed or reduced throughout the day.
Metro Transit planners urged riders to check the winter weather website before traveling. Updates start at 4 a.m. each day.
The agency also encouraged residents to sign up for Transit Alerts to receive up-to-date information about snow operations.
If buses operate on snow routes, some streets and bus stops may be missed — and delays might occur — due to travel conditions. Metro Transit has updated snow routes from past years, so riders should check the updated routes.
Route 200, the free bus route through downtown Issaquah and the business district, does not use a preplanned snow route, but riders should expect significant delays due to road conditions and traffic.
Sound Transit also offers rider alerts on specific routes throughout the Puget Sound region.
Julius Boehm Pool and the Issaquah Community Center open for regular hours Thursday, although some community center classes and programs may be canceled. Call 837-3326 for updated cancellation information.
The winter storm warning for the region has ended, but the area remains under a winter weather advisory through noon Thursday, and forecasters expect bitterly cold temperatures to linger.
National Weather Service meteorologists predicted another inch of snow could fall in the area during the daytime Thursday.
The mercury is expected to plummet into the teens Thursday night and, although the forecast includes snow showers, meteorologists expect little to no accumulation.
The city reminds property owners to clear sidewalks, because the abutting property owner has the responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.