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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Snow and Ice Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/26/2009  7:40:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Snow and Ice Update

SEATTLE: SDOT crews were on standby last night. The weather forecast at midnight predicted no "road snow," but cautioned that the situation could easily change. Night crews patrolled for ice, and when it began to snow, around 4 a.m., standby crews were called in to assist the regular nightshift crews.

Between 4 and 6 a.m., snow dumped on Seattle streets, leaving approximately one and two inches, varying according to location. All available trucks with plows and sand treated major arterial streets throughout the city.

Crews were dedicated specifically to the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and salt was applied to make sure they remained in good condition. Roadway Structures crews inspected bridges and overpasses to make sure walkways were passable and snow was not presenting a problem for opening and closing the moveable bridges. Trucks with plows and sanders were also directed to trouble spots in West Seattle and Southeast Seattle, called in by Seattle Police and King County Metro Transit.

By 7 a.m. air temperatures were rising and snow was turning to slush on many streets. Crews will continue plowing and sanding as long as they are needed.



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