King County was beefing up its response to ice and snow on roadways this afternoon as temperatures continue to drop throughout the county. While no widespread snow is being reported, isolated snow/hail showers have been occurring in many parts of the county this afternoon. Heading into the nighttime hours, ice build-up on already damp roadways will become an even greater concern as temperatures continue to fall.
Given the forecast, King County has put extra crews on the road to combat snow and ice. As many as 12 trucks will be out this evening and will remain on duty throughout the night. In addition to anti-icing operations, crews will be sanding roads and plowing slush or snow when necessary.
Motorists should use extreme caution while traveling until temperatures warm and conditions improve. Remember, major arterials are a major priority for snow and ice removal. Roads in the higher hilltop areas in addition to bridges, overpasses and less traveled roadways can be particularly slippery when temperatures dip below freezing.
The WSDOT also reminds drivers that the stopping distance increases in icy conditions. Leave at least three times more space than usual between their car and the vehicle in front of them. Other tips can be found on the WSDOT winter weather website.
If you spot a problem on a roadway maintained by the County, report it by calling (206) 296-8100 or 1 -800 KC ROADS.
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There are no road closures currently due to the recent weather. However, one road is listed as closed near Enumclaw: the S.E. 408th Street Bridge near State Route 164 has been closed since October 2012 due to a safety concern.
Source: King County