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City preparing for slippery streets

December 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

We are all hoping that we don’t see a repeat of the Thanksgiving week storm that caused so many problems on our roads. 

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) tells us they are monitoring weather forecasts for Seattle and planning for snow and ice response accordingly. The forecast is for temperatures just above freezing overnight with up to one-half inch of wet snow possible, and an additional one inch of snow possible tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

After 10 p.m. tonight SDOT crews will proactively apply salt brine in roadway areas where frost or black ice is prone to develop, especially on bridges and other elevated structures around the city.

Starting at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning (Wednesday), SDOT spreader trucks will be prepositioned throughout the city, ready to spread rock salt on major arterial streets for the morning commute if conditions warrant.

The snow plan calls for plowing when there is more than one inch of accumulated snow on the roadway, which is not in the forecast at this time.

For more information on Seattle’s winter weather response plan and to view a map of snow routes, visit SDOT’s website.

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  • Snarkbark

    Well it was harrowing and a bit touch and go….but we survived. :-)