Tools and tips for navigating the storm

Tools and tips for navigating the storm

Tools and tips for navigating the storm

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Here are some tools and tips for dealing with the winter storm that hit our area this week:

Has your route been plowed? Check the City of Seattle map.

Check out KING 5's full list of school closures/delays.

If you are looking to taken public transportation, check the schedules: King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit and Pierce Transit.

Dozens of flights out of Sea-Tac Airport were canceled on Wednesday. Alaska Airlines has canceled most of their flights to and from Seattle and Portland. Alaska is waiving change fees for customers traveling Tuesday through Thursday in those cities. Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said tickets must be exchanged and travel completed by Jan. 22.  Rebook Alaska flights online.

People traveling on other airlines can find links to airline websites on Sea-Tac's site.

For drivers, if you do get stuck, stay in your car.

“You become like a bowling pin for other drivers so stay in your car, dial 911, we’ll get to you,” said Trooper Keith Leary. "You've got protection in that vehicle. Once you get out of that car, you just become another obstacle for drivers to hit. Drivers are focusing on you and they may slide into you."

Be particularly careful on bridges and other elevated roadways. They are more likely to be frozen over than the surface streets.

Troopers also advise packing an emergency kit with non-perishable food, bottled water, chains and emergency equipment like reflectors and flares, and be sure to carry a blanket or extra clothing in your car to bundle up if you get stuck.

If you spot weather happening, see it, shoot it and send it to us! Upload your photos on Your News or post them on our Facebook page.

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