Icy roads, school closures as more snow heads for parts of W. Wash.

A semi truck slid off I-5 in icy conditions Wednesday morning near Kalama. (Wash. State Patrol photo)

Icy roads made for a tough Wednesday morning commute across Western Washington as some parts of the region brace for another round of possible snowfall later Wednesday and early Thursday.

A series of winter weather advisories have been issued for areas along the Pacific coast, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juan Islands, the Hood Canal area, the South Sound and interior areas surrounding the I-5 corridor from Olympia on south to Centralia.

The new advisories say up to 2 inches of snow could fall in those areas from Wednesday afternoon and evening through Thursday morning. The timing of snowfall depends on the geographical area - regions on the northwest coast will generally get snow earlier and see it taper off sooner than other areas.

The National Weather Service issued a map showing winter weather advisory areas:

A few snow flurries could reach inland as far as the Puget Sound area Wednesday evening, but only a half-inch or less accumulation is expected there.

Temperatures in the 20s were common all across the region Wednesday morning. Some lowland weather stations reported early morning temperatures in the teens, including Shelton and Bremerton, where the mercury dropped to 17. Olympia recorded the lowest temperature of 13 degrees amid freezing fog.

Areas that got snow on Tuesday were dealing with dangerously icy roadways on Wednesday, especially along the coast, South Sound and parts of Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor counties.

The ice, cold and snow meant that many schools were closed or were opening late. See the full list here.

Aberdeen High School announced it would be closed Wednesday after a heat exchanger coil burst on Tuesday afternoon, causing significant damage to the main office, the Guidance Center and computer lab. Crews are now at the school cleaning up the mess.

In Seattle, drivers are being warned to take it easy on the city's many hills, where black ice could be a problem.


This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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