Transportation returns to normal amid bitter cold
February 25, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011
Temperatures dropped into the teens overnight Thursday, and the region is expected to remain in a deep freeze through Sunday morning.
Issaquah road crews worked throughout the night to combat ice on city streets.
King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses returned to regular routing. The agencies advised riders to prepare some minor or localized changes, but otherwise the transit system is back to normal.
Expect another bitterly cold night. National Weather Service meteorologists said the temperature in Issaquah should plummet into the teens again late Friday.
Snow re-enters the forecast Saturday. The chance of precipitation during the day is 60 percent, and up to a 1 inch of accumulation is possible.
Rain and temperatures in the 40s should return Sunday.
In the meantime, the American Red Cross offers tips to keep people safe in extreme cold:
- Prepare your vehicle and winterize your car. During winter, make sure to keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Keep extra blankets in the trunk in the event the vehicle becomes stranded.
- Keep a winter storm survival kit — including blankets, food, flares, chains, gloves and first aid supplies — in the car.
- Dress appropriately before going outdoors. The air temperature does not need to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies, such as hypothermia and frostbite. Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even if the temperature is not extremely low.
- If possible, avoid being outside in the coldest part of the day, or for extended periods of time in extreme cold weather. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
- Dress in layers in order to adjust to changing condition, and avoid overdressing or overexertion.
- Most body heat is lost through the head, so wear a hat, preferably one to cover the ears. Mittens provide more warmth to hands than gloves.
- Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping feet warm and dry, and to maintain footing in ice and snow.
- Remove wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids, such as hot cider or soup. Avoid offering caffeine or alcohol in order to help someone recover from hypothermia or frostbite.