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Some Bellevue roads remain icy; more snow predicted

Major streets in Bellevue are in good shape, as Northeast Eight Street here, looking east from 124th Avenue Northeast. City officials say more snow is expected on Wednesday. - Fumiko Yarita/Belleuve Reporter
Major streets in Bellevue are in good shape, as Northeast Eight Street here, looking east from 124th Avenue Northeast. City officials say more snow is expected on Wednesday.
— image credit: Fumiko Yarita/Belleuve Reporter

Roads are improving in Bellevue, but steep side streets remain difficult to drive on due to compact snow and ice or deep accumulations of snow. Forecasts call for another 1 to 2 inches of snow on Wednesday and up to 4 inches at elevations above 500 feet.

For the rest of this week a cycle of thawing during the day and freezing at night is expected. City officials advise drivers to remain extremely careful, stick to priority arterial roads when possible, and use traction devices such as chains, cables and studded tires.

Check priority arterials at www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/Transportation/snow_response_priorities_map.pdf. To report hazardous road conditions call the Utilities 24-hour emergency number 425-452-7840.

Mike Jackman, Utilities Operations and Maintenance assistant director, said crews continue to work around the clock to stay on top of the changing weather conditions, as they’ve been doing since Dec. 12, when the first snow appeared. Since then, up to 12 inches of snow has fallen in some parts of Bellevue.

“We’re sensitive to the fact that Christmas is approaching and many people have activities and travel on their calendars. Our crews are working extremely hard to help commuters, shoppers and others get where they’re going,” Jackman said. “We appreciate all the cooperation and support we’ve gotten from the community.”

With the possibility of rain and warmer temperatures later this week, Jackman said, one more way people can make a difference - and prevent flooding - is to clear stormwater drains of snow, the same way they clear them of leaves in the fall.

Jackman noted that downtown streets and priority arterials are clear, but drivers should continue to take it slow, the number one action to enhance safety in winter driving conditions.

See the Extreme Weather Response pages at www.bellevuewa.gov/Extreme_weather_response.htm for detailed information on canceled programs, shelters, closed facilities, preparations for snow and cold weather, how to prevent frozen pipes and other tips, as well as handy phone numbers.

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