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Work or play, drivers need to prepare now for Monday afternoon

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Date:  Sunday, December 01, 2013

Contact: Call 511. WSDOT’s driver information phone line provides real-time traffic, incident and closure information. Out-of-state callers can dial 1-800-695-ROAD (7623). TTY users can call 1-800-833-6388

OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

"WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in," said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. "We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions."

WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle.

We need help from drivers to keep traffic moving

"Keep your speed down, and maintain your patience," said Capt. Randy Drake, commander of WSP's Bellevue District Office. "Traffic is always heavy after a Seahawks game. Don't let the rush to get home cause you to make a bad decision in heavy traffic."

Drivers should prepare for cold temperatures, fill up the gas tank and check

road status as WSDOT crews prepare for rain, hail and snow.

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