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UPDATED: It’s slick in spots out there, today

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 19, 2012 at 9:39 am with No Comments »
January 19, 2012 12:14 pm

UPDATED at 12:43 a.m.

The main roads are wet and somewhat slushy, but other roads are covered in a clear sheen of thick ice and inches of slush. In addition, there are downed trees and power lines throughout the region.

“I’ve got tree downs everywhere,” a State Patrol dispatcher said about 10:15 a.m. “Power lines are down all over the place.”

There have been a number of trees reported down in central, east and south Pierce County. Since midnight, road crews have received more than 90 calls regarding downed trees that were blocking roadways. Fifteen of the calls involved power lines that were blocking the road, the county reported.

Within the past hour, Key Peninsula residents have started reported downed power lines as well. In addition, the pavement is re-freezing.

So far, no major injuries have been reported in Pierce County.

Central Pierce Fire Assistant Chief Randy Stephens advises residents to stay away from trees and downed lines.

“Stay out from underneath these trees,” he said.

The conditions have closed some roadways.

Among the closures:

* State Route 410 in Buckley is blocked in both directions near Mundy Loss.

* In Federal Way, the following roads are closed – Redondo Road from 13th to the bottom of the hill; Dash Point Road, from Southwest 26th to Southwest 30th; Milton Road at 370th; and South 304th, from SR 99 to 20th Ave. S.

* In Lakewood, Vernon Avenue Southwest is closed between Washington and Moreland Avenue Southwest.

* Marine View Drive is closed so crews can clean up slide debris.

* The right lane of state Route 18 about a mile west of West Valley Highway is blocked by a fallen tree.

* The road from the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park to Paradise is closed.

* State Route 18 is closed for 22 miles from Interstate 90 to state Route 164. At last count, there were 25 trees over the roadway.

* State Route 410 is closed from Farman Road to Federal Forest. There is no access to or from Crystal Mountain.

* In Tacoma: Schuster Parkway is now closed while crews investigate a slide that has debris in three of the four lanes.

* In Sumner: East Valley Highway, West Valley Highway, Forest Canyon Road and Sumner-Tapps Highway.

State Route 512 and Interstate 5 were mostly wet and slightly slushy.

Out in the Gig Harbor area, the roads are icy to slushy.

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