Western Washington snow turns into slushy mess

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 2:06 AM

SEATTLE – SEATTLE – Western Washington woke up Wednesday to lots of slush, rain and some pockets of snow.

In most areas, overnight snow changed to rain, creating a soggy mess on roads and highways.

"The transition to rain is almost complete around western Washington this morning, though there are still a few pockets of wet snow or freezing rain. Those should be gone before 6:00 a.m.," said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott. “Overnight snow measured from one-to-six inches around Western Washington.” Check the latest forecast

In the Northwest Interior and Hood Canal, the snow was expected to continue until mid-morning.

On the roads, early morning commuters had to deal with slush, standing water and leftover snow on the ground. Driving conditions were challenging especially on residential side streets.

The morning drive, however, was nothing like the problems faced by many motorists Tuesday night. Check your traffic

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.

There were no reports of major injury accidents but Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Julie Startup described slick roads and "a ton of spinout collisions."

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.

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