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Category: Winter driving


CLEARED: Tree and power lines blocking state Route 706 in both directions by Ashford, near Kernahan Road East

UPDATE as of 5 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to WSDOT.

INITIAL POST: A tree and power lines are blocking both directions of state Route 706 at mile 10.5 near Kernahan Road East, on the edge of Ashford, according to the state Department of Transportation.

A PUD crew is on the scene. No detour is available.

The blockage was reported about 2:15 p.m., according to WSDOT.


Passes open despite earlier warnings of snow accumulations

If you’re headed to Eastern Washington, you’re in the clear, at least for now.

The Washington Department of Transportation has completed avalanche work on both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes and the two roads are open to traffic.

Weather forecasters had been predicting substantial snow, but thus far, it hasn’t happened in quantities enough to disrupt travel. Roads are reported to be bare and wet this morning. Traction tires are advised, however.


Deadline extended to remove studded tires

Drivers have an extra two weeks to remove their studded tires this year.

The deadline to remove them is April 16, according to the state Department of Transportation. It was extended because forecasts show possible winter driving conditions through Easter weekend, which is a popular day for travel.

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31 unless an extension is granted.

Officials recommend removing studded tires sooner than later if you’re not planning to driver Easter weekend since tire stores are likely to be busiest as the removal deadline gets closer.


Icy roads greet morning commuters

Drivers beware.

The roads around the South Sound are slick this morning.

Washington State Patrol trooper Guy Gill reported just after 4 a.m. that several collisions had been reported in Pierce and Thurston counties. No major injuries were reported.

“Slow down and drive for the conditions,” Gill said in a tweet.


Frosty, icy start to the work week

Hopefully, you haven’t misplaced your ice scraper. You’re going to need it this morning.

The South Sound is waking up to a cold morning today. Temperatures dropped below freezing overnight, frosting up car windows.

Commuters should be aware that icy spots are possible on the roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, according to the National Weather Service.

“Motorists should exercise caution during the morning commute,” the Weather Service said.

These cool temperatures will likely remain in the area through Tuesday. There is a possibility of snow in some areas, including the Hood Canal area and the Kitsap peninsula.


Some roads might be icy Tuesday morning

The Washington State Patrol advises drivers to be careful on the roadways this morning.

“You could be dealing with some icy spots during your commute this morning,” trooper Guy Gill tweeted this morning.

There’s been no reports of accidents so far.


UPDATE: SR 162 in Wilkeson reopens

UPDATE as of 3 p.m.

All lanes are now open.


The state Department of Transportation reports that state Route 162 is closed in both directions at South Prairie and Mundy Loss Road because of downed power lines and trees across the roadway.

The closure is between mileposts 17 and 19 in the Wilkeson area.

Local utility crews are trying to clear the power lines and remove the trees from the road, DOT said Sunday morning.

Local access is permitted at driver’s own risk, DOT said.

There is no estimated end to the closure. This story will

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UPDATED: Roads closed, blocked or covered with water Friday

UPDATED at 12:36 p.m.

This week’s weather continues to take its toll on the area roads.

Among the problems:

* Both directions of state Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrow bridges are closed.

* A section of Pacific Avenue in the South End is closed.

In Puyallup, the following roads are closed.

* Shaw Road from 12th Avenue Southeast to 23rd Avenue Southeast.

* 23rd Avenue Southeast from Meridian to 7th Street Southeast.

* 31st Avenue Southeast between 13th Street and 17th Street Southeast.

* 15th Avenue Southwest between 9th Street Southwest and 12th Street Southwest.

* 16th Avenue Southeast

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