County warns: Watch for icy roads, and don't drive if you don't have to

Ken Rury snapped this photo of his backyard in Poulsbo Wednesday afternoon. - Ken Rury
Ken Rury snapped this photo of his backyard in Poulsbo Wednesday afternoon.
— image credit: Ken Rury

POULSBO -- The worst of the snow storm has passed, but challenges – particularly icy roads – await.

So what can we expect in the next couple of days? Here’s what the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management reports Thursday morning.

Expect scattered freezing rain showers Thursday, increasing from the south Thursday morning. Roads briefly improve Thursday afternoon with temperatures warming slightly above freezing, then cooling below freezing Thursday night with ice concerns increasing after dark again and freezing rain showers continuing at times.

Temperatures warm Friday with precipitation turning to rain and roads becoming wet by 9-10 a.m. Rain continues at times Friday afternoon with melting snow possibly causing minor urban flooding concerns. We will also have to watch for gusty to moderate SE winds developing far north parts of the county Friday afternoon.

The County's Inclement Weather Line (360-337-5775) is updated with any operating delays or closures at 6 a.m. each morning.

County road crews are plowing and sanding in accordance with the established snow and ice plan.

The Department of Emergency Management advises: Avoid driving if possible. Allow extra time for traveling, increase following distances, and use extreme care and caution while driving today.

Road closure, detour or restriction information is posted to The Road Report here.

For the latest emergency shelter information, visit the county Emergency Management site here.


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