Snow turns to slush around western Washington | KNKX

Snow turns to slush around western Washington

Jan 12, 2011

Predicted snow fell across western Washington on Tuesday evening, largely sparing the evening commute. This morning people are waking up to rain, thick slush and closed or delayed schools.

A driver in Tukwila slid down a hill and onto the tracks of Sound Transit's Central Link light rail. The car landed on its roof. The driver received minor injuries, according to KING-TV.  Those tracks were closed for a time, with service resuming before midnight.

The steady rain that's fallen following the snow prompted the National Weather Service in Seattle to issue an urban flood advisory for King, Pierce and southwest Snohomish counties. The advisory cautions drivers who should expect to find standing water on roadways, blocked from runoff by the thick slush. 

Area Transit Affected


Some Schools Closed, Delayed 

Many districts will be closed today, including:

  • Bainbridge Island
  • Bellingham
  • Bremerton
  • Central Kitsap
  • Edmonds
  • Everett
  • Monroe
  • Mukilteo
  • North Kitsap
  • North Mason
  • Northshore
  • Peninsula 
  • Quilcene
  • Riverview
  • Snoqualmie Valley
  • South Kitsap
  • South Whidbey


Delayed openings (partial list):

2 Hours Late:

  • Auburn 
  • Federal Way 
  • Fife
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Marysville
  • North Thurston
  • Port Angeles
  • Renton (90 minutes late)
  • Seattle
  • Steilacoom
  • Tacoma
  • Tahoma
  • Tumwater

A full report of all school delays and closures is available at