Deep freeze to keep roads iced over


by KING 5 News

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 4:25 PM

SEATTLE -- Freezing temperatures are turning snow on Puget Sound roads into ice, and it's not going to melt any time soon.

Clear skies and cold, dry air is giving the region record cold temperatures for the third day in a row, leaving snow- and ice-covered roads slick.

Early Friday morning, temperatures dropped to 21 degrees at SeaTac, breaking the record of 22 degrees set in 1962. Wind chills in Whatcom and San Juan counties dipped into the single digits. Seattle dropped to 23 degrees, while Snoqualmie hit 18, Auburn 17 and Yelm a chilly 14 degrees.

Most places won't get above freezing during the day Friday, and temperatures will plummet again overnight into the teens and 20s.

"The record (Saturday morning) is 18 degrees. We're expected to get close to 20 degrees at SeaTac, so we could come pretty close," said Lisa Van Cise, KING 5 First Alert Weather. Check the latest forecast.

As we head into Saturday, rain showers will increase by the afternoon. It's coming from the north, where all the cold air is. That means possible snow showers for areas north of Everett and the north coast.

"By the time the showers reach areas of  the central and south sound, it will mainly be in the form of rain, with some higher hilltop snow a possibility," said Van Cise. Sunday and Monday will see just mostly rain.

Meanwhile, drivers in Woodinville, Olympia and areas north of Seattle are still dealing with icy roads from Wednesday night's snow fall. Mount Vernon received over a foot of snow overnight, while some areas on the eastside and the south sound received 2-6 inches. 

More than 200 Washington State Department of Transportation crews are out en force, working around the clock to replow and retreat roads around Western Washington.

Forecasters had originally forecasted the storm to hit Wednesday afternoon and one to eight inches of widespread show throughout the Puget Sounds region; instead, the snow concentrated to the north, east and south regions late Wednesday night, and only minor accumulations in Seattle. KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner explains what happened