Ice poses travel risk; motorists should check conditions before driving

January 19, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8:15 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

The state Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extreme caution due to ice on roadways from freezing rain.

The agency closed state Route 18 between Interstate 90 and Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast shortly after 6 a.m. because ice knocked about two dozen trees onto the roadway. Fallen trees also led to road closures inside Issaquah city limits.

Officials also received reports of downed trees on other Western Washington roadways, prompting some lane and road closures. Elsewhere, the number of spinouts and cars in ditches increases as the morning commute continues.

Drivers should expect added delays and check road status as transportation crews close highways until the threat of falling tree limbs passes.

The ice also caused power outages throughout the region. Puget Sound Energy reported 582 customers in Issaquah without power by 8:10 a.m.

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