At first it was 4 inches, now its 1-3 inches, but however much snow Seattle receives Tuesday afternoon, drivers and the Washington State Department of Transportation said they’re getting prepared.
The brief snowstorm is expected to hit most of Western Washington during the Tuesday afternoon commute, just in time to compromise driving conditions.
“Our commutes, both morning and evening, attract bad weather it seems,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott to news reports. “We’re looking for the chance today for snow to move into Puget Sound during rush hour, basically after 4 p.m.”
WSDOT officials said they hope to avoid issues experienced with the Thanksgiving time snow storm that caused some backups of more than seven hours during the evening commute.
“We’ve got our plow trucks ready, we’ve got our sand and salt ready to go, we’ll be pre-treating the roads if the weather allows us to do that,” said Chris Johnson with the WSDOT.
Drivers are urged to not all leave work at the same time Tuesday afternoon if it begins snowing, sign up for transit alerts and know the snow routes for busses.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I hope the WSDOT can take what they learned from the last snow storm to improve the roadways significantly. I urge drivers to practice safe driving techniques in the snow, such as slowing down, not tailgating other drivers and using studded or chained tires while driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident related to the winter weather, contact a car accident attorney in Seattle.