Ice storm continuing to batter King County and Puget Sound region | Little improvement to roads
January 19, 2012 · 1:44 PM
The King County Road Services Division reports little improvement in road conditions this afternoon as an ice storm continues to grip the region. In addition to the snow that fell yesterday, a mixture of freezing rain and sleet has turned most roadways into sheets of ice. This hazardous mix has resulted in the closure of about 21 roads just in unincorporated areas of King County alone. (See the list below for a complete list of closures.)
A coating of ice on trees is further complicating our travel picture. Road crews report the weight of the ice on vegetation is causing trees and branches to snap and fall onto roadways. So motorists should be on the lookout for falling debris as well as ice on roads.
Residents are also being advised to check storm drains near their property to make sure they are not clogged with snow and ice. Doing so will ensure proper drainage when temperatures warm up and the ice and snow begin to melt.
The Roads Division has an additional word of caution for residents. As tempting as it may be, icy neighborhood roads are no place for sledding. Serious injury can occur when sledders or vehicles lose control. Play it safe and keep winter fun away from roadways.
This alert will be updated as conditions change.