Snow impacts amid western Washington Winter Storm Warning

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has canceled nearly 170 flights in preparation for snowfall.

WASHINGTON, United States — The Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation reported four collisions in Snohomish County Monday night as snow began to fall throughout the evening.

Servicemen are urging drivers to slow down, increase following distance and take more time to reach their destination as travel conditions worsen.

All four crashes occurred on Interstate 5, with two on I-5 north and two on I-5 south.

A collision block two lanes on the left of I-5 northward near Smokey Point occurred at about 7:20 p.m. with a two-mile fallback, according to WSDOT.

One Multi-vehicle collision on northbound I-5 near milepost 206 closed two lanes around 8 p.m. No injuries.

One collision on I-5 going south at about 8:10 p.m., closing the right lane just south of state Route 532.

A collision between two pickup trucks on I-5 southbound was blocking the right lane near the 209 marker and causing minor injuries, according to Washington State Patrol Soldier Kelsey Harding.

“Snow is covering (I-5)! Again, slowing down and increasing distance follow,” Harding tweeted.

Tips for driving in snow and ice:

  • Give yourself more time to get there
  • Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Going as slowly as possible is safe when it’s snowing and there’s a possibility of black ice on the road
  • When braking, you should release the accelerator before braking slowly and gently
  • Be sure to let the windows defrost before setting off
  • Make sure your tires have proper traction and are inflated
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades
  • Drive with your lights on, even during the day
  • Make sure you have the proper supplies in case you get stuck on the road, including spare clothes, food, water and a first aid kit

Sea-Tac cancels flights preventively

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport canceled nearly 170 flights scheduled to take off Tuesday as snow moved into the area.

Airlines are calling for early flight cancellations in the hope of staving off a nationwide domino effect. Work is underway to ensure other flights can depart normally after the winter storm system passes.

A Sea-Tac spokesman said: “We have up to 46 different pieces of equipment set up to go from snow plows to sand trucks. “Then the airlines from their point of view are working on their de-icing equipment.”

Snow will fall just before the busiest travel days during the holiday season, which are expected to be Thursday and Friday.

Low temperatures prompt cold weather shelters to open across Puget Sound Region

Snow isn’t the only concern for many people across the Puget Sound. The low-temperature forecast has prompted some counties to open cold-weather shelters to anyone looking to warm up and provide extra beds for the homeless.

Find links to cold weather shelter information below: Snow impacts amid western Washington Winter Storm Warning

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