King County officials said Thursday they are beefing up response to ice and snow on roadways as of Thursday afternoon as temperatures continue to drop throughout the county. While no widespread snow is being reported, isolated snow/hail showers occurred in many parts of the county Thursday 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.
Given the forecast, 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.
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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Current Road Conditions and ClosuresRegionSpotlightLocationArea/CommunityDescriptionRoad Status
Northeast NE Union Hill Road near 196th Ave NE Redmond Construction Restricted Jan 7 2013 9:00AM
Northeast 196th Ave NE/ 195th Ave NE between NE Union Hill Rd and NE Novelty Hill Rd Redmond Construction Restricted Jan 7 2013 9:00AM
Northeast NE Novelty Hill Rd between 19500 block to the 19800 block Redmond Construction Restricted Jan 7 2013 9:00AM
Roads with the restricted designation means one or more lanes of the roadway are closed, but traffic is still moving through the area.
Source: King County