Puget Sound snow expected to turn to rain overnight

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 2:06 AM

SEATTLE – Late night snow Tuesday caused problems on the roads all over Puget Sound Tuesday, but was expected to turn to rain overnight. 

KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner says the snow was expected to turn to rain by midnight in the South Puget Sound area and between midnight and 4 a.m. Wednesday in the North Puget Sound region. But in the Northwest Interior and Hood Canal, the snow was expected to continue until mid-morning Wednesday. Check the latest forecast

Slick roads became a problem just about everywhere. In Tukwila, a car lost control on a steep hill and crashed onto the Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail tracks, disrupting service.

The Seattle Department of Transportation began to plow roads late Tuesday and spread salt. SDOT said its crews would work through the night to keep major roads open. Check your traffic

Washington State Department of Transportation plows and salt trucks hit the highways. WSDOT also canceled a planned closure of the State Route 520 Floating Bridge overnight due to the snow.

Metro Transit switched to snow routes Tuesday night. Metro urges bus riders to sign up for transit alerts and to check www.kingcounty.gov/metro/snow for the most current status of Metro service.

Pierce Transit announced late Tuesday it would be operating on snow detours.

The afternoon commute was lighter than normal Tuesday, an indication that drivers heeded warnings to leave work earlier to avoid a potential nightmare commute like the one seen in the Thanksgiving week storm. However, the heavy snowfall in the Puget Sound area didn't start until after rush hour.

Snow plows got to work at Sea-Tac Airport Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, some flights had already been canceled.

 

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