Seattle broke out the salt Sunday night to make roads less slippery for Monday morning’s commuters.
Update, 2:22 p.m. Monday:
Snoqualmie Pass, which closed at 10 a.m. in both directions for avalanche control, is now open in both directions, says the Washington State Department of Transportation.
An accident closed two northbound lanes on the First Avenue South Bridge Monday morning, causing a backup of at least five miles on Highway 509 by 7 a.m.
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Little snow has accumulated in the Seattle area or even the Cascades, and the weather is expected to be mild throughout the rest of the week, said Jeff Michalski, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle.
Tuesday could be wet as a weak storm system arrives, but temperatures will climb into the mid-40s and the snow level will rise to about 3,000 feet, Michalski said.
Seattle will break out the salt late Sunday night to make roads less slippery for Monday’s morning commute.
City officials said they’ll treat arterial roads with salt brine and salt in response to predictions that snow that may fall Sunday night and early Monday morning. Light snow is expected across much of the Puget Sound region after 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
But accumulations of new snow are not expected to exceed a half-inch in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Snohomish County.
Travelers are advised to check roadway conditions prior to beginning their Monday morning commute and should consider delaying their trips in the morning to avoid potentially icy conditions, said Seattle officials.
Monday’s forecast calls for rain after 10 a.m., with cloudy skies and a high temperature near 43. Precipitation is likely, but little or no snow accumulation is predicted, according to the NWS.
Light snow fell across much of the region Sunday afternoon.