First-Hand Road Report: Icy & Slick, But Not That Bad

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At the corner of 10th SW and SW 152nd, the snow makes the Masonic Temple look even more stately, while 10th SW looks treacherous in the rear-view mirror.

We’ve been out running errands (as in: taking a kid to a birthday party), and we’re proud to say that we’re not stuck in a ditch.


Here’s our first-hand bullet-point review from driving around Burien Sunday morning/afternoon, when we dared travel down to Tukwila and back:

  • All back roads are slick and dangerous. Really.
  • Bridges are even slicker and more dangerous since they’re colder.
  • When driving on icy roads, keep it in low gear, and keep moving; once stopped on ice, you’re in deep doo-doo.
  • If you do get stuck on ice and can’t move – as we saw a Ford truck do on First Ave South at SW 160th – DON’T JUST STEP ON THE ACCELERATOR! Put it in first gear and slowly try to move towards something that has some traction – snow near the side of the road, a sandy patch, whatever…but please folks NO FLOORING THE GAS ON ICE!
  • All freeways are relatively dry but with some patches so don’t speed around (and you know who you are, tailgating Lady in the red SUV!).
  • You’re going to get sand and road salt all over your windshield today, so make sure your windshield washer thingy is full of freeze-proof washing liquid; otherwise you’re going to have to pull over and clean your windshield, and since it’s around 29 degrees outside, most gas station windshield washing devices are frozen in their water!

As we asked before, please either email your snow photos to us or add it to our Flickr Group so we can share them.

Here’s one from BTB Reader Grace Woods, entitled “A Three Tree Sunday Morning“:

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2 Responses to “First-Hand Road Report: Icy & Slick, But Not That Bad”
  1. Mik says:

    I have to do some errands Monday morning and walking down the 156th st. hill is going to be fun to say the least!

  2. Stephanie Breslin says:

    Thanks for all the details. I am new to the area and this is a great blog!

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