Crews work hard throughout the day clearing snow and ice, preparing for another dump
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wa —In parts of the Puget Sound region, temperatures have already dipped below freezing Saturday night, including Snohomish County.
That’s where crews are now gearing up for the next round of weather while fighting falling temperatures.
It’s the race against Mother Nature striking again.
Snohomish County crews have already clocked nearly 8000 miles plowing and sanding icy roads—but they may have to do it all over again.
“They’re working hard. They’re little bit tired of course, anybody would be after working six straight days, 12 hour shifts,” said Steve Flude Snohomish County Road Maintenance Director. “We’re working around the clock.”
Even then it’s still icy and dicey around the region.
Now people are bracing for another hit—or two-- of whiteout conditions, frigid air and whipping winds.
“I don’t like the cold, I don’t like driving in it,” said Jessica James who ditched her car to walk to the grocery store. “It’s so icy. I’ve seen accidents and people getting stuck and I don’t want to be part to that.”
To fight the ice, crews have used 640 tons of salt sand mix. Crews said they have enough mix for the next battle but after that it could be tricky and take planning. Flude said salt has come as far as Eastern Washington.
“We need to replenish our supplies and as you can imagine everybody in the region is doing the same thing,” said Flude. “There’s quite a supply out there you just have to know where to look and hopefully get in line before everybody else.”
In the meantime, James and her boys are keeping both feet on the ground, while enjoying the impromptu snowball fight.
“I don’t remember snow like this since I was a kid, so it’s definitely strange,” said James.
Officials can’t say it enough: If you don't need to go out don't. If you see a plow, please stay about 200 feet away so crews can work safely.