December Storm Update – – Pierce County Road Operations

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is the latest report from Pierce County Road Operations Division Manager Bruce Wagner on road conditions during today’s winter storm.

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Wednesday Dec 17 2008 7:51 AM

Temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark, currently between 30 and 33 degrees depending on location. We are experiencing intermittent snow flurries county-wide, heavy at times. Most county arterials and collectors range from bare and wet to light snow coverage. Our crews were able to pre-treat most priority roads with anti-icer before the snow began to fall, which is paying dividends now by preventing the snow/ice from bonding with pavements.

We have 26 snow plows, 2 road graders and 6 anti-icer trucks working county-wide and we have crews in AM/PM shifts in order to provide this level of coverage around the clock and for as long as snow and ice conditions affect our roads.

Current forecasts predict that snowfall will continue throughout the day with a possibility of several inches accumulation depending upon location, heaviest in east and south county. We are told to expect snowfall to taper off this evening and temps will again drop well below freezing through Friday. There is another potential for lowland snow this weekend.