Icy roads around the Sound cause dozens of school delays

Icy roads around the Sound cause dozens of school delays

SEATTLE — Icy roads around the Puget Sound region caused dozens of school districts to have late starts Tuesday morning.

School districts, including Bellevue, Northshore, Tacoma, Federal Way, Mercer Island and Auburn announced late starts for Tuesday. Follow this link to see all school closures.

There had been a winter weather advisory in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday for areas mainly about 300 feet south and east of Seattle. Pockets of snow were expected, but the National Weather Service canceled the advisory shortly after 8 a.m., saying that temperatures had remained stubbornly above freezing and precipitation had mostly been rain.

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There could still be an inch or two of snow at the highest elevations but snow is now unlikely to fall over most of the lowlands.

Meanwhile, some of the roads around the Puget Sound were coated with ice and were very slippery Tuesday morning.

For commuters, the tough part is judging what's frozen and slick from what's just wet.

Reporter Gary Horcher was in Issaquah, where he saw cars spinning wheels on hills, but within a few blocks, drivers suddenly had traction.

Monday night, he checked in with Seattle DOT, King County Roads, WSDOT and they all had crews out with de-icer trucks spreading rock salt and liquid de-icer.

Their advice was to take it slow.

On Tuesday, the mountains will see a lot of snow, so keep that in mind if you are traveling.

Another wave will move in Wednesday, but most of the moisture will be south of our area.  Then we'll see some sunshine for a few days before another round of moisture moves in on Saturday for snow/rain/wet snow.

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