Ice Storm Cripples Seattle
January 24, 2012 by staff
Ice Storm Cripples Seattle, Nevermind the 4-7 inches of snow that pasted Seattle Wednesday, a dangerous ice storm is presently glazing the Emerald City, with mounting power outages (around 120,000) and car accidents. Washington’s Governor has declared a state of emergency.
Sea-Tac airport closed for a time and a number of runways remain out of commission. 95 flights have been canceled at the airport.
Although forecasters predicted rising temperatures and snow transitioning to rain in the low elevations of western Washington, temperatures have failed to budge, holding in the upper 20s.
In Seattle, freezing rain has fallen continuously since around 4 a.m. local time at a temperature of 28 degrees, forming a crusty layer on top of the snow, while weighing down tree limbs and power lines.
The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning from Seattle to Tacoma through 2 p.m. local time.
Here’s what I’ve learned via Twitter:
* “Mason and King Counties reporting between .25 and .5” of ice accumulation. More than enough to take down limbs/cause outages” – @EricTWC
* As of 8:48 a.m. local time: “SEATAC has 1 runway open for arrivals/departures.” – @robmarcianoCNN
* “SR 18 shut down for 22 miles, between I-90 and I-50, because of falling trees & branches.” – @weatherchannel
* “DOZENS of accidents and shut downs across the Puget Sound.” @jimcantore
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