Snow makes for another treacherous commute


by KING 5 News

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:14 PM

More snow greeted drivers across Western Washington Wednesday, with the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal areas hit hardest and heavy snow also reported in Everett.

The conditions got so bad west of Puget Sound, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed the State Route 3 overpass at SR 308 near the Naval Submarine Base at Bangor.

In Snohomish County, a trooper was investigating a one car spinout on State Route 525 at SR 99 when the driver of a pickup truck lost control and hit the trooper's vehicle. Nobody was hurt.

Another trooper was injured in Thurston County Wednesday night after his patrol car was hit on Highway 8. A WSP spokesman said the trooper was responding to a car in the ditch when he was hit by an SUV going too fast for conditions. The trooper went to the hospital with head, neck and shoulder pain.

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KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said the mix of rain and snow will change to rain by the middle of the morning. Accumulations of 1-to-2 inches of wet, slushy snow are possible around Puget Sound before it changes to rain.

The Hood Canal area may be stuck with snow until late morning or noon and could see 2-to-6 inches of snow before it’s over. Latest forecast

Rain will turn to showers in the afternoon with highs in the low 40s. Expect blustery winds with possible gusts of 40-to-45 mph around Puget Sound and stronger north of Everett.

If you’re driving over the passes, expect snow with possible brief, freezing rain in the west approaches to the passes. Eight-to-16 inches are possible with the snow level rising from roughly 200 feet in the morning to 1,500-to-2,000 feet in the afternoon. Mountain pass conditions

The Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542, was closed Wednesday morning near milepost 36 due to trees falling over the road.

Expect mostly rain along the coast with wind gusts up to 50 mph possible.

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