The latest winter traffic updates


by Staff

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 25 at 3:24 PM

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SEATTLE - The aftermath of the latest winter snow storm is still causing traffic problems across Western Washington.

Here are the latest traffic impacts coming in to KING 5:

3 p.m.:WSDOT warns that as the temperatures warm, drivers could find standing water on area roadways. They say travel remains light on most urban Puget Sound highways, but snow is still coming down in South Puget Sound, Southwest Washington and the North Olympic Peninsula. Avalanche Control crews may need to stop traffic on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass for up to two hours between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Due to high winds, the Port Townsend/Keystone Steilacoom II ferry 1:30 p.m. departure from Keystone was delayed 21 minutes.

2:40 p.m.: To report street flooding in the city of Tacoma, call (253) 591-5585.

2:30 p.m.: The following City of Bothell roads and intersections are closed: Intersection of 104th Avenue NE and NE 185th Street, 240th Avenue SE between 39th and 45th Avenues SE, 228th Street from 4th Avenue West to the west city limit (near Kenmore Shooting Range). It is unknown how long these closures will remain at this time.

1:45 p.m.: A KING 5 viewer has sent in a photo showing a semi jackknifed on I-90, five miles east of Cle Elem.

A snowplow is at the corner of NE 145th and 38th Ave NE.

12:50 p.m.: The carpool lane is blocked on I-405 northbound at SR 522, from milepost 23 to 24.

12:45 p.m.: The only highway to Neah Bay has been reopened. The Transportation Department says crews cleared one lane through the rockslide that covered Highway 112 on Monday about five miles from Neah Bay.

A rollover collision is blocking the two left lanes of northbound I-5 at NE 130th Street in Seattle.

12: 30 p.m.: WSDOT spokesperson Patrick Moylan tells KING 5 there is compact snow and ice on the passes with gusty winds and blowing snow. Traction tires required at Snoqualmie, and advised at Stevens Pass.

10:15 a.m.: There will be no Sounder service on Dec. 25, but today it is operating on a holiday schedule.

A trooper's car has been hit by another driver on eastbound I-90 at Highpoint.

10 a.m.: Reports say a large tree has fallen across Aurora Avenue by the Woodland Park Zoo.

8:14 a.m.: A southbound tractor-trailer slid down a steep embankment in the median of I-5 this morning, going between the northbound and southbound overpasses and blocking Allen Street (Exit 39) in Kelso. Traffic is still getting through on I-5.

7:50 a.m.: A collision is blocking lanes of northbound I-5 just south of NE 175th Street in Shoreline. See traffic box at right for updates on the status of this accident.

7:30 a.m.: I-90 has reopened just west of the Mount Baker Tunnel.

7:27 a.m.: The following Kent roads remain closed today: S 240th St. (James Hill); S 240th St. from Central Ave to 98th Ave S; S 231st Way (228th Corridor); S 231st Way is closed from Military Rd to 58th Ave S.

7:07 a.m.: State DOT crews will be out again this morning clearing the remainder of a rockslide on SR 112 near Neah Bay. One lane is open.

7:01 a.m.: Westbound I-90 traffic is being diverted off the freeway just west of the Mount Baker Tunnel. See previous entries.

6:54 a.m.: All lanes of westbound I-90 into Seattle are closed due to the accident reported at 6:16 a.m. Traffic is backed up through the Mount Baker Tunnel onto the I-90 floating bridge. See the for cams and freeway speed info.

6:37 a.m.: Flights are getting in and out of Sea-Tac Airport this morning, with gate hold and taxiway delays of 15 minutes or less.

6:16 a.m., Wednesday: A minor accident on westbound I-90 near Rainier Avenue in Seattle is tying up traffic coming into Seattle. See WSDOT traffic incident reports in the right-hand box for updates (refresh the page to get the latest info).

3 p.m.: Due to the continuing weather conditions the following Olympia roads and hills are still closed: 4th at Rogers, 4th at Sherman, 5th at Sherman, 4th at Olympic Way, Lakeridge (Courthouse) Hill, Sherman and Garfield, Brawne and Rogers, Brawne and Foote, Brawne and Sherman, Brawne and West Bay, Raft Hill, Elliott Avenue, Crest Line Boulevard, San Francisco and Quince (the entire hill is closing), Berry and Nilas, Berry and E. Bay Drive, Bigelow and Eastside, 7th at McCormick and Central, 10th at Fir Street and Central

An update from Pierce Co.: "We are keeping our forces on 12-hour AM/PM shifts as long as snow and ice conditions affect our roads. We will schedule only the minimal number of crew required to meet forecasted needs on Christmas and will call in employees to reinforce efforts if conditions are more severe than predicted. Once the snow begins to melt for good, we will move into pothole patrol and sweeping mode. I expect this transition to occur over the coming weekend."

2 p.m.: An incident is blocking two left northbound lanes and the southbound HOV lane on I-5 south of Southcenter at S. 200th Street.

1:30 p.m.: FROM SDOT: - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has cleared primary arterials to exposed pavement and is now focusing on secondary roads. Feeder and collector routes across Seattle such as Third Ave. NW in Ballard, Fifteenth Ave. S. on Beacon Hill, SW Thistle Street in West Seattle, and Ravenna Avenue NE in Ravenna will be repeatedly plowed, sanded and de-iced.

12: 15 p.m.:Amtrak is resuming service on most of its trains today. The routes that have returned to service include Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver BC.

Metro buses are only running half their regular routes again today. You'll have the best luck catching one at major stops and at the top and bottom of hills.

12 p.m.: Ferry runs between Seattle and Bremerton are cancelled this morning. The cancellation has to do with problems getting fueling trucks to the ferry Kitsap. The Seattle Times reports that the 11:25 a.m. sailing from Seattle and the 12:25 p.m. sailing from Bremerton are cancelled, but the Kitsap will be back in service at 3 p.m.

Forecasts call for another 1 to 2 inches of snow in Bellevue Wednesday, and the city is reminding motorists to stick to main arterial roads whenever possible and use traction devices. Call 425-452-7840 to report hazardous road conditions.

9:32 a.m.: The State DOT estimates it will take until at least 6 p.m. to clear a rockslide that has closed Highway 112 to Neah Bay . No detour is available.

9:30 a.m.: All Greyhound buses are running today, including those to Spokane and Portland/Eugene. There is no promise of service south of Eugene.

8:53 a.m.: A sign on the door at the Seattle Greyhound bus station says they'll have a decision on whether to resume operations at 11 a.m.

8:20 a.m.: Northbound I-5 at milepost 136 off ramp to Port of Tacoma Road has been closed due to hazardous conditions. WSP has also closed 20th Street near the intersection to prohibit vehicles from reaching the ramp.

Amtrak say it plans to operate most of its trains Tuesday between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia.

8:19 a.m.: SR 14 in Vancouver has reopened to all traffic; oversize loads are still restricted.

7:37 a.m.: S 277th St (277th Corridor) in Kent has re-opened from L Street to 111 Ave SE after snow clearing.

7:20 a.m.: A rock and mudslide has blocked Hwy 112 five miles from Neah Bay in Clallam County. There is no detour, so the town on the Makah Indian Reservation is isolated until crews can reopen the highway. There's no time estimate on reopening the highway.

7:11 a.m.: All lanes of northbound SR 167 at SR 512 are open to traffic. Earlier, a collision blocked the left lane.

5:29 a.m.: The City of Bothell reports that 228th Street from 4th Avenue West to the west city limit (near Kenmore Shooting Range) remains closed. Conditions continue to be dangerous in many areas.

4:15 a.m. - King County reports the following road closure updates:

5th Ave S @ 11248 North to SR 509 Area: Boulevard Park Status: Closed 12/18/2008 10:20:00 AM, Ice Hazard

NE 50th St between Sahalee Way NE and SR 202 Area: Sammamish Status: Closed 11/9/2008 5:00:00 PM, Water Over Roadway

North Fork Road SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend Area: North Bend Status: Closed 10/31/2008 12:00:00 PM, Bridge Replacement

SE 228th Pl @ 132nd Ave SE Area: Kent Status: Closed 12/14/2008 5:20:00 PM, Ice Hazard

SE Lake Holm Rd between Auburn Black Diamond Rd & 129th Way SE Area: Auburn Status: Closed 12/18/2008 9:10:00 AM, Ice Hazard


5:07 p.m.: The Washington State Department of Transportation has reopened SR 14 to passenger vehicle traffic from Washougal to the Bridge of the Gods (milepost 18 to milepost 42). Chains are required on vehicles without all wheel drive from Washougal to the town of Skamania (milepost 18 to milepost 31). Traction tires are advised on vehicles from Skamania to Cliffs Road, seven miles east of the Biggs Bridge (milepost 31 to milepost 108). Currently, SR 14 is still closed to truck traffic.

4:10 p.m.: The ferry Hyak is back in service on the Edmonds-Kingston run.

3:25 p.m.: Metro Transit is again planning to operate only half of its regular routes on Tuesday. See for more details.

3:23 p.m.: A multi-vehicle accident is blocking the left lane of westbound SR 16 at Burnham Drive.

2:55 p.m.: An accident is blocking the carpool lane of southbound I-405 between Exit 7 and SE 72nd Street.

2:39 p.m. The I-5 accident near SR 516 was caused when a man stopped to take the chains off his car in the right lane. Another car struck his vehicle, then hit the man, throwing him about 80 feet, breaking both legs, according to the Washington State Patrol.

1:14 p.m.: A multi-vehicle accident is blocking the off ramp to 72nd Street on northbound I-5.

1:10 p.m.: Two-three right lanes of southbound I-5 are blocked by an injury accident south of SR 516/Kent Des Moines Road, causing a substantial traffic backup. There is also a report of a vehicle fire a couple miles south.

1:06 p.m.:Sound Transit's Sounder commuter trains will run on a holiday schedule this afternoon and for the remainder of the week because of the difficult weather conditions. There will be no Sounder service Thursday, Christmas day. The holiday schedule can be found at .

12:51 p.m.: SR 7 is reduced to one lane at State Route 512 for the next four hours due to a multi-vehicle accident.

12:19 p.m.: The carpool lane of southbound I-5 is blocked at NE 145th Street by a stalled vehicled. THIS IS CLEARED.

12:17 p.m.: The ferry Hyak is out of service until this afternoon's commute on the Edmonds-Kingston run. It has to go to the fuel dock because fuel couldn't be delivered to the ferry terminal.

10:09 a.m.: The right lane of southbound I-5 at Fife is blocked for the next 30 minutes due to an accident.

9:21 a.m.:SR 161 is closed to traffic in both directions at MP 21 between Pierce County Landfill and 176th Street E starting for the next four hours due to gas leak.

9:13 a.m.: The following City of Woodinville roads are closed due to snow and ice compaction: 124 Ave NE - From 160 Ave NE to SR 202; 137th Pl NE/NE143rd St.- From 132nd Ave NE to NE SR 202; NE 190th St- FromWoodinville-Snohomish Road to NE North Woodinville Way; and Sirkin - NE 183rd St- From 140th Ave NE to 142nd Ave NE. It is uncertain when these roads will reopen.

7:21 a.m.: Everett Transit is operating on snow routes. Riders can expect to wait 20 to 45 minutes for routes that operate during snow. For more information about routes, check the route signs at the bus stops or call (425) 257-7777.

6:25 a.m.: Traffic is slow for at least the next hour on eastbound SR 16 from mileposts 7 to 8, due to a minor accident at 36th Street.

6:24 a.m.: Main Bellevue roads are open, but motorists are urged to use extreme caution. Neighborhood roads may be hard to navigate.

5:58 a.m.: All roads are open in Auburn, but city officials urge people to use caution on the passable, but icy, roads.

4:57 a.m.: All Washington State Ferries are operating on normal schedules.

4:54 a.m.: The King County Road Services Division cautions motorists to prepare for snow, ice, and slick roads as they head out for the morning commute.

Commuters heading out in the morning should make sure they are prepared with warm clothing and emergency supplies in their vehicles. This recent record snow is bringing some different challenges. A small shovel may be handy if your vehicle gets stuck in the wet snow that has been falling. Also, watch for snow dropping from trees hanging over the roadways. It can land on your car with a loud noise that you may not be expecting. Be sure and clear off the snow and ice from your car before you head out, otherwise it can cover the back windshield, obscuring your vision. Early morning commuters should remember to use their low beams, high beams will disperse in thick snow, making visibility worse for you and other drivers. Another reminder: Don't follow snow plows or sanders too closely. The best all-around advice -- give yourself plenty of room to stop because snow and ice driving can be very unpredictable.

4:39 a.m.: Metro Transit will be able to operate only half of its regular routes for Monday due to heavy snowfall and dangerous driving conditions. See for more details.

4:31 a.m.: In Bothell, 228th Street from 4th Avenue West to the west city limit (near Kenmore Shooting Range) is closed. However, conditions are dangerous in many areas and the City advises citizens to stay off roadways. City facilities are open unless otherwise reported at a later time.

4:21 a.m.: Pierce Transit is continuing snow emergency operations for the Monday morning commute. Some service may be delayed or rerouted. A list of affected routes can be found at .

3:21 a.m.: SR 11 - Downed power lines are reported on SR 11 in both directions at MP 10. between Blanchard Road and Oyster Creek.

2:01 a.m., Sunday: Winter driving conditions continue across much of Western Washington, with the worst conditions in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties, according to the state DOT.

5 p.m.: The city of Kirkland reports that hilly roadways, particularly those streets between Market Street and 1st Street, are closed.

SR 160 is closed in both directions at milepost 7 near the Southworth Ferry Terminal in Kitsap County due to snow accumulations. The road is impassable.

King County Metro Transit says they'll operate about half their buses Monday.

Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass is open. Tractions tires are required. Reduced speed limit is in effect.

3 p.m.: A collision blocks two right lanes south of Spokane Street on Northbound I-5.

1 p.m.: State Route 27 is closed in both directions from Tekoa to Fairfield for snow removal. That's from milepost 49 to 63. No word on when SR 27 could re-open.

12:30 p.m.: DOT crews have reopened Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Traction tires required.

WSDOT has just issued this information: WSDOT is keeping both the I-90 and I-5 Express Lanes to Seattle inbound for the entire day. I-90 Express lanes will be westbound and I-5 Express Lanes will be southbound. This is to ensure they are open for the Monday morning commute.

SR 410 remains closed near Buckley because of a downed power pole.

SR 14 is closed between Washougal and White Salmon through the Columbia River Gorge area.

SR 401 in both directions is closed from US 101 to MP 9.00 before Knappton RD in Wahkiakum county because fallen trees and snow.

SR 165 is closed in both directions within the Fairfax Forest Preserve in east Pierce County until further notice.

The first sailing of the Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry run was cancelled this morning. Riders of all routes should expect possible disruptions.

While there are no Amtrak Cascades runs today, Sound Transit is running its Seahawks shuttle on the Sounder Commuter trains

11:00 a.m.: It's estimated that I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass will reopen a noon. Reduced speeds and a traction advisory will be in effect.

All roads in Bellevue remain open, but drivers should use caution and watch for icy spots.

8:28 a.m.: In Auburn, 105th Pl SE between Lea Hill Rd & 108th Ave SE, and Terrace Drive NW from top to bottom at 15th Street NW are closed. Crews reopened Lake Tapps Parkway around 3 a.m., but all roads, especially hillsides and side streets will remain extremely dangerous due to freezing rain that fell for several hours beginning around midnight.

7:37 a.m.: The two right northbound lanes of I-5 are closed at Pacific Avenue in Tacoma due to an accident. It's expected to be cleared by about 9 a.m.

7:36 a.m.:Seattle DOT spokesman Rick Sheridan says they've made significant progress on main roads, laying down more than 2,500 tons of sand and more than 4,000 gallons of liquid de-icer. Just the same, road conditions are difficult. "Please consider not driving."

6:24 a.m.: King County Metro Transit will be operating approximately half of its normal bus service today. Please check before you leave home to see if your bus route is operating and if it is on snow routing. will be provided to Qwest Field from Eastgate Park-and-Ride in Bellevue, Northgate Park-and-Ride in North Seattle, and the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. Fans should expect crowded conditions on the shuttles, and should give themselves plenty of time to get to the game because the buses may be delayed by road and traffic conditions.

4:36 a.m.: Here's an overnight roundup of stuff from the State DOT. On I-5 between Stanwood and Arlington, several vehicles have gone off the road. On I-5 in the Fife area, there is a vehicle stuck in the median and wedged under the cable barrier. No word on injuries, or when it will be moved. Whiteout conditions have been reported overnight on SR 11 going from Skagit into Whatcom County.

12:36 a.m.:SR 410 will remain closed in both directions at milepost 20 until daylight, due to a downed power pole, the state DOT says.

12:07 a.m., Sunday: Westbound I-90 is now closed at milepost 106 in Ellensburg.


10:20 p.m.:Snoqualmie Pass is closed. I-90 is closed between milepost 34, near North Bend to Milepost 71, near Easton, due to hard blowing snow with zero visibility.

9:50 p.m.: Whiteout conditions have been reported on I-90 from North Bend eastward and on SR 410.

9:24 p.m.: Alternating one-way traffic on SR 3 at MP 7.50 between Mason Lake Road and Ecler Road near Shelton starting 9:24 p.m., for the next four hours due to emergency maintenance From milepost 7 to milepost 8.

8:25 p.m.:SR 410, milepost 20, as Mundy Loss Road near Buckley in Pierce County, is closed in both directions due to a power pole that's leaning over at a 45-degree angle because of the wind.

7:44 p.m.: The Washington State DOT is reporting winter driving conditions, with compact snow and ice on highways in many Western Washington counties, including Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.

5:30 p.m.: S 240th Street is closed in Kent Wash. from Central Ave. to 98th Ave. S. due to snow and ice.

5:15 p.m.: Washington State Patrol is advising all motorists to remain at home, since most roadways in Pierce and Thurston County are slick and covered with ice. Extra troopers are out this weekend, but WSP says troopers in Pierce and Thurston counties are only able to respond to blocking and injury collisions.

A spokesperson for Sea-Tac Airport says the airport is getting dusted with snow, but it's still operational. Travelers are urged to call their airline to check for any delays.

4:45 p.m.:Pierce Transit is operating in a snow emergency, and some service may be delayed, rerouted or cancelled.

1:30 p.m. Saturday: The city of Bellevue says crews have been working nonstop clearing roads before the next storm. All arterials and primary neighborhood routes have been plowed, and more than 40 percent of neighborhood streets and side streets have been cleared. Crews are working to get the rest before this evening's snow storm. Drivers are urged to use caution.


3:45 p.m.: Washington State Patrol says on Thursday in Pierce County, troopers handled more than 113 reported collisions and assisted more than 88 disabled motorists. In Thurston Co., troopers handled more than 54 collisions and assisted roughly 45 disabled motorists. The majority of the incidents occurred between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Troopers say they're gearing up for the next snowfall by extending hours and adjusting schedules.

3:30 p.m.: The city of Bellevue says all roads are open as of 3:00 p.m. Not all roads have been plowed, so drivers should try to follow priority routes and use traction devices.

Current road alerts in unincorporated King Co.: Closed - 5th Ave S @ 11248 North to SR 509, Closed - SE Lake Holm Rd between Auburn Black Diamond Rd & 129th Way SE, Closed - Peasley Canyon Way S (Little Peasley Canyon Rd) between Military Rd S & S Peasley Canyon Rd, Closed - SE 228th Pl @ 132nd Ave SE, Closed - NE 50th St between Sahalee Way NE and SR 202, Closed - North Fork Road SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend

3:00 p.m.: The city of Seattle says crews operating 20 plow and sanding trucks remain on 12-hour shifts and

will continue working overnight. According to a press release: " As temperatures are expected to drop significantly later today, roadway surfaces may refreeze. SDOT will continue to monitor pavement conditions closely and will again put priority on primary arterials, especially the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct, if conditions worsen.To report a problem area within the Seattle city limits, call (206) 386-1218, 24-hours a day."

2:30 p.m.: Pierce Transit says it remains operating in a "snow emergency," meaning some service may be delayed or rerouted. A list of routes affected by weather can be found at, or by calling 253-581-8100. Passengers are urged to dress warmly and prepare for delays.

1:45 p.m.: Mayor Greg Nickels plans to visit SDOT crews at 7:30 p.m. tonight to thank them for working round-the-clock to clear Seattle roads. He will also detail how the city is preparing for the next round of winter weather.

1:20 p.m.: Whatcom County crews say several stretches of highway are mostly bare and dry. Those highways include I-5 from Fairhaven Parkway to the border, the north end of SR 9, most of SR 539, SR 542 east to Maple Falls, SR 543, SR 544, SR 546, SR 547 and SR 548. You can still expect a few spots on these highways to have some compact snow and ice. A few highways are still covered with compact snow and ice in most places. Those highways include I-5 south of Fairhaven Parkway, the south end of SR 9, Chuckanut Drive and SR 542 east of Maple Falls. Traction tires are required on SR 542 east of Maple Falls.

12:45 p.m.: Two tour buses have collided and one is hanging over Interstate 5. The accident happened near Denny Way in Seattle at about 12:30 p.m. Two lanes of northbound I-5 are closed. More details are

11:45 a.m.: Here are the latest traffic updates from Washington State Patrol: In Bellevue, a collision on northbound I-5 at Boeing Access blocks the right lane. The right lane is blocked on eastbound SR 18 at Auburn Way. In Marysville, southbound I-5 from milepost 217 to 210 is described as a "nightmare," with icy conditions. A jack-knifed semi continues to block the left lane of both directions near Tumwater Boulevard on Southbound I-5 in Thurston County. Multiple collisions are reported on river Road in Puyallup.

11:30 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports a semi accident at milepost 100 on southbound I-5 in Tumwater. One southbound lane is open, and two northbound lanes are open. The semi lost control and pushed the jersey barrier out of place. It will take a while to clear.

11 a.m.: SR 970 is closed two miles east of Cle Elum from milepost 0 to milepost 10 due to a semi that is off the roadway. Drivers traveling eastbound will be required to take a 29-mile detour, using SR 10 and US 97, to reach Lauderdale (US 97/SR 970 junction). Westbound drivers will detour on US 97 to west Ellensburg and then west on I-90.

8:50 a.m.: The Chelan Street on-ramp to the eastbound lanes of the high-level West Seattle Bridge is now open.

8:45 a.m.: At Snoqualmie Pass, compact snow and ice are on the roadway. Traction tires are advised between North Bend, milepost 33 and Easton, milepost 71 in both directions. Oversized vehicles are prohibited.

At Stevens Pass, traction tires are required and chains are required on vehicles over 10,000 lbs. Gross vehicle weight. Oversized vehicles are prohibited. Check

8:35 a.m.: Kitsap County reports crews have made progress on the primary roads, which got additional snow last night. Roads are still slick with mostly compact snow and ice. Crews are expected to reach secondary roads later today and tonight. View

8:22 a.m.: In Seattle, traffic going up hilly Dravus Street in Magnolia, Queen Anne Avenue on Queen Anne and Denny Way have been closed due to ice and compact snow on the road.

7:54 a.m.: West Lake Sammamish Parkway offramp off SR 520 in Redmond is still closed.

7:36 a.m.: DOT reports SR 169 at Kummer Bridge in Black Diamond is closed until further notice.

7:17 a.m.: In Kent, South 231st Way has reopened from Military Road South to 54th Ave South.

6:44 a.m.: The city of Bothell has closed 228th Street from Meridian Avenue to the west city limits (near the Kenmore Shooting Range).

6:39 a.m.:Seattle DOT crews plowed and sanded major arterial streets through the night and they continue to revisit these streets throughout the morning. Two trucks are assigned to the high level West Seattle Bridge, and another truck is assigned to the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The on-ramp at Chelan Street to the eastbound lanes of the high level West Seattle Bridge is closed at this time.

6:30 a.m.: There is a disabled vehicle blocking the right lane of westbound I-90 just east of Front Street .

Auburn's Street Division has added two staffed service trucks to hand sand at intersections for the Friday morning commute. All major arterials are clear and all roads are open, however, flat areas and side streets are very icy. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution if driving is necessary this morning.

6:10 a.m.: Closed King County roads: SW 108th St. between 4th Ave. SW & 12th Ave. SW 5th Ave S @ 11248 North to SR 509 SE Lake Holm Rd between Auburn Black Diamond Rd & 129th Way SE Peasley Canyon Way S (Little Peasley Canyon Rd) between Military Rd S & S Peasley Canyon Rd SE 228th Pl @ 132nd Ave SE NE 50th St between Sahalee Way NE and SR 202 North Fork Road SE at Sunday Creek Bridge, 17 miles northeast of North Bend

Open roads:

Novelty Hill Rd NE between 243rd Ave NE & West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE

196th Ave SE between Maple Valley Highway (SR 169) & 195th Pl SE

6:01 a.m.: Community Transit suggests commuters should try to get to park and ride lots as buses will serve those. Chained shuttles will serve neighborhoods in Brier, Edmonds and north Lynnwood, taking passengers to transfer points where they will be able to take their regular bus. There are changes on a number of routes. Check the for updates.

5:48 a.m.:Bellevue crews worked through the night, plowing, sanding and applying de-icer to clear priority routes for emergency vehicles, morning commuters and transit. Except for these priority arterials, however, most roads in Bellevue remain extremely icy and hazardous. The City is continuing to ask people to stay off roads, so crews can de-ice and plow as many roads as possible before potential snow and high winds forecast for the weekend arrive. Roads still closed include: SE 46th Street between 148th Avenue and 150th Avenue; SE 32nd Street from 128th to Richards Road; and 119th Ave SE at 4400 block.

5:04 a.m.: NE 8th Street in Bellevue has just reopened between 120th and 124th Avenues.

4:22 a.m.: Pierce Transit service may be delayed or rerouted. See a list of affected routes at, or call a customer service representative at (253) 581-8000 for the latest information. Pierce Transit Shuttle riders can call (253) 581-8100.

Passengers should dress warmly and be prepared for delays.

3:57 a.m.:State Route 167 has reopened in the Sumner area. The State DOT closed it last night at about 6:30 p.m. near SR 410 due to icy conditions.

2:40 a.m.: Sound Transit Express Route 565 will not serve the Federal Way Transit Center until further notice. Express Route 554 will not serve the following stops until further notice: Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride lot; Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at Issaquah Fall City Road; Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at SE 37th Pl; South Sammamish Park-and-Ride lot.

1:30 a.m., Friday: Approximately half of Metro's and Sound Transit's bus service in King County was temporarily suspended due to weather and road conditions on Thursday. Bus passengers should assume that will be the situation for Friday morning as well. Please check the Web site before you leave home to see if your bus route is operating and if it is on snow routing.


SR 169 is closed in both directions until further notice at milepost 5.30 between the Green River Bridge and SE Green Valley Road.

Chinook Pass on State Route 410 is closed for the season from milepost 57 near Crystal Mountain Boulevard to milepost 74 near Morse Creek.

On I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, chains are required on all vehicles starting at milepost 34, with the exception of all-wheel drive vehicles. Oversize vehicles are prohibited.

9:52 p.m.: Avalanche work on I-90 completed.

9:21 p.m.: S 231st Way closed from Military Road S to 54th Ave S in Kent.

8:25 p.m.: King County Metro Transit continues to operate with severely reduced service this evening, while the Road Services Division crews concentrate their efforts on plowing and sanding major arterials. In preparation for the morning commute, King County road crews will focus on plowing and sanding major arterials and other priority snow routes such as bridges, overpasses and steep hills overnight. But motorists are being warned that these targeted response efforts do not mean that arterials will not be icy in the morning given the hard freeze that's expected during the night. Residents are encouraged to report problems on county maintained roads by calling 206-296-8100 or 1-800-KCROADS if they live outside the greater Seattle calling area.

8:08 p.m.: Westbound lanes of SR 512 at milepost 10 near Meridian Road in Puyallup are still closed, but eastbound lanes are open. DOT is not yet on the scene with sanders due to the high number of trouble spots.

7: 37 p.m.: Slick roads and several accidents closed down SR 410 until the road can be sanded.

7:30 p.m.: I-90 from milepost 56 to milepost 61, four miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, avalanche control work is planned for 9 p.m. Traffic delays will be eastbound at milepost 65 and westbound at milepost 61. For current traveler information, visit or call 511.

6:47 p.m.: A caller reports at least four semi trucks and 15 vehicles involved in accidents on northbound I-5 at Fort Lewis.

6:33 p.m.: The worst of the evening commute appears to be in Pierce and Thurston counties at this hour. Accidents are reported in Olympia. Southbound I-5 in Tacoma is gridlocked.

5:07 p.m.: Northbound I-5 is bumper-to-bumper after two semis had to stop in the middle of the freeway to chain up.

5:05 p.m.: SkyKING is flying over a multi-car accident on Highway 99 in Lynnwood. It appears the vehicles are off to the side of the road far enough that it's not affecting traffic.

4:28 p.m.: The following roads in Kirkland are closed: NE 52nd from Lake Washington Blvd to 108th Avenue; 108th Avenue at the top of the hill at NE 44th; Between Market Street and 1st Street; Avenue; 11th Avenue; 12th Avenue; 13th Avenue; 14th Avenue; 15th Avenue; 16th Avenue, 17th Avenue;18th Avenue; 19th Avenue; 5th Avenue South from Lake Street to State Street South; 5th Place from 15th Avenue to 18th Avenue; NE 112th Street from 100th Avenue to 104th Avenue; NE 120th Street from Slater Avenue to 132nd Avenue NE; NE 116th Street from 98th Avenue NE to 104th Avenue NE; NE 97th Street from 112th Avenue to 110th Avenue NE.

4:23 p.m.: A Metro Transit spokesperson says buses are running late and that riders should consider trying to find another way home.

4:19 p.m.: WSDOT cameras show cars spun out on southbound I-5 at Federal Way and light but slow traffic on SR 16 at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

3:34 p.m.: WSDOT video shows snowfall in Tacoma and traffic on southbound Interstate 5 is a parking lot at S 36th Street.

3:25 p.m.: The following roads in King County are closed: Novelty Hill Rd NE between 243rd Ave NE & West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE, Redmond; 5th Ave S at11248 North to SR 509, Boulevard Park; Peasley Canyon Way S (Little Peasley Canyon Rd) between Military Rd S and S Peasley Canyon Rd, Federal Way; SE 228th Pl at 132nd Ave SE, Kent; SE Lake Holm Rd between Auburn Black Diamond Rd and 129th Way SE, Auburn; SW 108th St. between 4th Ave. SW and 12th Ave. SW, White Center

3:02 p.m.: SkyKING is flying over the interchange between I-90 and I-405, where several buses and cars are stranded.

2:49 p.m.: From Seattle DOT: Commuters planning homeward trips may want to leave early to avoid looming lower temperatures that will create icy conditions. Drivers will find the best roadway conditions on major arterial streets.

2:15 p.m.: I-5 southbound to Boeing Access Road. multiple disabled vehicles are blocking the off-ramp.

2:09 p.m.: Access to the Mountain Loop Highway is closed from east of Silverton to Darrington for the winter. Due to extreme weather conditions, Snohomish County has closed public access to the Mountain Loop Highway at Deer Creek cutting off east bound traffic over Barlow Pass

2 p.m.: Washington State Patrol reports that Southbound I-5 is closed from milepost 95 to 88 due to more than 20 separate collisions. No serious injuries were reported. Traffic is being detoured off at exit 95 to Tilley Road.

In addition, SR 302 to eastbound SR 16 is closed. A WSP patrol car belonging to a sergeant investigating collisions in this area was struck twice by motorists. The sergeant wasn't injured.

1:30 p.m.: An accident has closed southbound I-5 at milepost 93 in Thurston County. I-5 is closed at milepost 95 with a traffic detour on to SR 121.

1:15 p.m.: According to chains are required at Snoqualmie Pass. Traction tires are required at other passes. And in Whatcom County, road reports show compact snow and ice on most major routes.

1 p.m.: A caller tells KING 5 there are two jackknifed busses blocking the road at the intersection of NE 8th St. and 96th Ave. NE in Bellevue.

12:40 p.m.: From WSDOT: All lanes of I-5 Southbound at milepost 94, Maytown Rd. in Thurston County are closed due to a multi-vehicle collision involving several semis and passenger cars.

12:30 p.m.: WSDOT says westbound SR 520 at W Lake Sammamish Parkway is now open. But the following ramps to westbound 520 are still closed: SR 202, Union Hill and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

King County motorists are urged to limit non-essential travel as much as possible.

12:25 p.m.: The following roads were closed as of 11:30 a.m. in Bellevue: NE 8th is closed in both directions between 120th/124th Avenues, Se 32nd is closed from 128th to Richards Road, 128th Ave SE is closed from SE 26th to SE 28th, Eastgate Way is closed at 139th Ave SE. In addition: Eastbound NE 8th has been closed by Police for a traffic investigation.

12:20 p.m.: Pierce County is closing SR 302 at the Purdy Spit. SR 16 in both directions near 302 is described as a parking lot with drivers unable to get through.

-Traffic on Southbound 405 in South Bellevue is stop-and-go through the Wilburton Tunnel area to I-90. Getting from I-90 to 405 is closed off because of jackknifed semis and accidents.

-Multiple accidents reported on SR 599 and SR 99. Multiple accidents and poor visibility on 520 in Bellevue.

-Video shows I-5 moving northbound in Seattle.

12:10 p.m.: From SDOT: Crews continue to plow and de-ice the high-level West Seattle Bridge today. Several on and off-ramps were closed temporarily due to accidents earlier today, but at this time we are not aware of any closures. The on-ramp to I-5 at Sixth Avenue South and South Spokane Street is closed at this time. 22 SDOT trucks continue to treat major arterial streets throughout the city.

-Northbound 405 at Coal Creek is back open.

12:00 p.m.: King County Metro Transit says almost all bus service will be limited for the afternoon commute. Metro is currently unable to operate on many roads and service to West Seattle and Redmond has been a problem due to closed roads.

11:50 a.m.: - Video shows multiple accidents on SR 520 in Bellevue at 124th Ave NE.

-A collision is blocking northbound SR 599 at East Marginal Way in Seattle. WSDOT Incident Response and WSP are on scene.

-Traffic is sluggish on Southbound I-405 from the old Wilburton Tunnel to I-90.

-Northbound 405 in Renton is closed in Coal Creek until further notice.

11:30 a.m.: All lanes of northbound I-405 at Coal Creek Parkway near Bellevue are now open, according to WSDOT. An earlier disabled semi-truck blocked the left two lanes. The semi has now been cleared.

11:25 a.m.: On southbound SR 599 at East Marginal Way, traffic is crawling. There are accidents, spinouts and nobody is moving.

Cars are littered off the side of the roadway on SR 99 at SR 599. It's basically a parking lot.

11:20 a.m. : A WSDOT spokesperson tells KING 5 about the top traffic trouble spots. They include:

-Westbound and eastbound SR 520 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

-Northbound I-405 at Coal Creek

-And a disabled bus on Northbound I-5 causing trouble near Boeing Field

11:15 a.m.: Sounder commuter rail is operating as scheduled today, despite the winter weather. Commuters who made it to work today are urged to consider Sounder commuter rail to get home.

11:10 a.m.: Traffic is gridlocked on Northbound I-405 from SR 900 to Coal Creek, which is described as a skating rink.

11:00 a.m.: WSDOT video shows traffic moving slowly on SR 99 at Michigan Street. US 101 in Port Angeles near Lake Sutherland Road in Port Angeles is now open to traffic. Earlier, several collisions and icy conditions caused Washington State Patrol to close the roadway. A disabled semi-truck is blocking the two left lanes of northbound I-405 at Coal Creek Parkway near Bellevue. Washington State Patrol is on scene.

10:55: a.m.: A jack-knifed bus is blocking the left lane of northbound I-5 at north Boeing Field in Seattle.

10:50 a.m.: A caller reports Highway 101 is closed 12 miles west of Port Angeles due to a jackknifed truck. A number of cars are also in the ditch.

10:40 a.m.: Motorists advised to avoid SR 520, which remains closed in both directions in Redmond. One lane is squeaking by at Northbound I-405 at Coal Creek.

From SDOT: Seattle Department of Transportation crews continue plowing, de-icing and sanding the city's major arterial streets around the city as snowfall continues. Major arterial streets in general remain passable. Side streets may be difficult for drivers, and many side streets on steep hills are closed. The West Seattle bridges remain open, but the on-ramp at Chelan Street to eastbound West Seattle bridges is closed due to an accident. Earlier today, accidents at two locations -- the Delridge on-ramp to eastbound West Seattle Bridge and the off-ramp to Columbia Street and northbound I-5 - closed those ramps and backed up traffic.

10:20 a.m.: The I-5 northbound ramp to the Boeing Access Road has been closed due to poor weather and icy conditions

10:15 a.m.: KING 5 reporter Linda Brill reports that Denny is closed in downtown Seattle.

Snow continues to pound northbound I-5, but the back-up isn't all that bad. The biggest problem is on Northbound I-405 at Coal Creek Parkway, where there are accidents and semi-trucks stuck. Traffic is hung up.

10:10 a.m.: SR 520 remains closed in both directions in Redmond.

9:45 a.m.: SkyKING shows multiple cars off the road at the Columbia Way off-ramp in Seattle.

Video from Olympia shows I-5 is bare and wet through Olympia.

Northbound I-5 at Northeast 44th Street is a parking lot.

9:00 a.m.: The King County Roads Division reports that Novelty Hill Road near Redmond and 196th Ave. SE off of Maple Valley Highway (SR-169) near Renton have been temporarily closed so crews can plow and sand the roadways. Metro Transit is unable to operate on many hilly and slick roads, and is significantly delayed everywhere by both the weather and traffic conditions. Information about bus status is available , but conditions are changing rapidly.

8:55 a.m.: Traffic on SR 599 is stop and go, with slush on the roadway. I-405 at Sunset Blvd is blanketed in snow. No one is moving. Redmond Police have responded to several automobile collisions caused by snow and ice conditions on the roads while several citizens have reported unsafe conditions. Roads are being closed as needed while Public Works continues to work on the conditions and as they are reported to police. Many of the roads are on hills and in the Rose Hill area.

8:30 a.m.: Multiple lanes in both directions of SR 520 just west of Marymoor Park near Redmond remain blocked due to multiple spin-outs. WSDOT Incident Response is on scene. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Several collisions have caused the closure of US 101 in Port Angeles near Lake Sutherland Road in Port Angeles.

From SDOT: The full force of SDOT trucks have been out treating the in-bound major arterials since 3:30 this morning. Earlier the snow fell heaviest south of the city and into downtown, but is now increasing in the north end. An accident has been blocking the eastbound on-ramp to the high-level West Seattle Bridge; however the westbound lanes are open.

Traffic is at a crawl at 509 northbound from Burien.

7:51 a.m.: Several spinouts on I-5 in the Olympia and Lacey. Several accidents are reported at points further south including at mileposts 91 and 96 near the Scatter Creek rest area. State Route 160 at State Route 16 has been closed due to hazardous conditions.

7:34 a.m.: All trips so far today for Sounder are on time.

7:33 a.m.: A bus/semi collision has blocked at least one direction on the West Seattle Bridge. The Washington State Patrol is advising people to stay away from the bridge. On I-5 at Boeing Field, a group of semi trucks unable make it up a hill there are stopped on the right side of the freeway, blocking at least one northbound lane. There is no traffic on Northbound I-405 just south of Bellevue, which appears to mean there is an accident blocking all lanes. Traffic is backed up nine miles to the Maple Valley Highway interchange.

7:26 a.m.:Community Transit bus service in Snohomish County is operating with several reroutes. Buses on some routes may come only once per hour due to hazardous road conditions. All buses are chained now, so they are limited 25 mph, which will slow service. For more information, go to .

7:24 a.m.: The West Seattle Bridge is closed in at least one direction due to an accident.

7:22 a.m.:Bellevue is asking people to stay off of the roads in Bellevue. Near white-out conditions early this morning have brought 3 to 4 inches of snow throughout the city. Crews are working to clear emergency routes and primary arterials routes before the forecasted hard freeze settles in and turns the snow to ice.

7:22 a.m.: State highway update - The northbound I-5 backup into Seattle is about eight miles long. "It will take some time to clear it out," says Kris Olsen with the state DOT, but it could take most of the morning. "People who have not left yet, who are thinking about it, I would advise them to think twice." Multiple lanes in both directions of SR 520, just west of Marymoor Park near Redmond remain blocked due to multiple spin-outs. WSDOT Incident Response is on scene. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

6:48 a.m.: Pierce Transit is operating, but some service may be delayed or rerouted. A list of routes affected by the severe weather can be found at . Riders can also call 253-984-8155 or talk to a customer service representative at 253-581-8000 for the latest information. Pierce Transit SHUTTLE riders can call 253-581-8100 for the latest route and service information. Service on all routes may be running slower than usual due to road and weather conditions. Service may return to regular routing on a route-by-route basis as conditions allow.

6:45 a.m.:Auburn's Street Crews began sanding/plowing and de-icing efforts beginning at approximately 12:30 a.m. with priorities to Auburn's hillside areas (Lakeland Hills, Lea Hill and West Hill.) All major arterials and snow routes are clear at this time.

6:43 a.m.: All lanes of the ramp from southbound US 101 to northbound I-5 are open to traffic. Earlier, a jack-knifed semi blocked the right lane of the ramp.

6:42 a.m.: Two Metro buses are stuck on the westbound onramp to SR 520 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway. A Metro bus driver interviewed on KING 5 News said he couldn't get up the ramp. "The chains don't work because there's just too much snow and slush underneath, so it's really slippery." The passengers have gotten off the bus and were moved to another bus on a different route.

6:37 a.m.: Northbound I-405 is backed up from south of the Kennydale area (where it's not snowing currently) to at least I-90, where it is snowing heavily. Traffic eases up in south Bellevue. SR 520 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway is at a standstill in both directions.

6:27 a.m.: Curt Boyle with the Washington State Patrol says he's seen about a half inch of snow accumulate in Eastgate in 10 minutes. Lots of stuck vehicles and semi-trucks. Anyone venturing out should have a full tank of gas in their vehicles, warm clothes with boots and snow clothes if they have to walk. If you get stuck on the freeway, don't abandon your vehicle, he says.

6:16 a.m.: Several disabled vehicles and at least one accident has slowed northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge in downtown Seattle, to Sea-Tac. On the north end, it's a much different story, with traffic moving smoothly in the Everett area to about Seattle's Northgate area where more snow is falling.

6:10 a.m.: WSDOT's Patrick Conrad says "we have very tough road conditions" on 520 in both directions, not just at Lake Sammamish Parkway. Snow on I-405 and SR 522. "We're really encouraging drivers to take their time if they have to venture out today."

6:01 a.m.: Northbound traffic on I-405 is virtually at a standstill into Bellevue. Traffic is backed up to Newcastle.

5:51 a.m.: I-5 and I-405 northbound are very slow. SR 520 is now backed up all the way into Redmond.

5:48 a.m.: Waste Management Sno-King has cancelled all services on the Eastside today, commercial and residential. That includes Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, and Issaquah. Commercial will be picked up ASAP, and residential services will have a double load next week at no additional charge.

5:37 a.m.: Vehicles unable to move on the snow/ice or an accident has snarled westbound State Route 520 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

4:45 a.m.: A jack-knifed semi blocks the right lane of the ramp from southbound US 101 to northbound I-5.