WEATHER: Ice Storm Warning Issued; Only 1 Runway Open At Sea-Tac


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The National Weather Service issued a rare ‘Ice Storm Warning’ early Thursday morning (Jan. 19), stating that ‘travel is strongly discouraged.’

Sea-Tac Airport also closed all runways temporarily so workers could clear ice and snow. Only one runway/taxiway is now open so flights can arrive and depart.

The Port of Seattle encourages travelers to check flight status online or contact your airline for any flight delays.Additional updates will be available on the Sea-Tac website.

Here are some other news updates:

  • Burien City Hall and Community Center are tentatively scheduled to open at 10 a.m..
  • Burien City Hall North is closed all day.
  • Normandy Park City Hall is scheduled to open at 1 p.m.
  • Residential collection of recycle, yard waste and garbage is suspended today due to inclement weather; critical commercial accounts will be serviced on a limited basis. Residents who are missed due to inclement weather, whose normal collection day is Thursday, may put up to double the load out on their next regularly scheduled collection day.

Here’s the ice storm warning:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
531 AM PST THU JAN 19 2012

…VERY ICY CONDITIONS THIS MORNING OVER SOUTH PARTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON…

.A WARM FRONT WILL SPREAD RAIN OVER THE TOP OF COLD AIR TRAPPED AT THE SURFACE…RESULTING IN FREEZING RAIN…MODERATE AT TIMES THIS MORNING. THE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO EASE LATE THIS MORNING AND TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CREEP ABOVE FREEZING BY ABOUT MIDDAY.

…ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…HOQUIAM…OLYMPIA…SEATTLE.

* TIMING…DURING THE MORNING HOURS.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN INCH THIS MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL WILL BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.

Here’s the latest forecast:

Today: A chance of rain before 4pm, then snow likely, possibly mixed with rain. Snow level 500 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight: Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after 10pm. Snow level 100 feet rising to 1100 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 33. East northeast wind around 7 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday: Rain. High near 46. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday Night: Rain. Low around 41. East wind 10 to 17 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday: Rain. High near 46. South southwest wind between 11 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 38.

Monday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Monday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Tuesday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: Rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

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