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Some area motorists this morning were presented with the daunting task of clearing snow from their windshields.

The Puget Sound region was hit this morning

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Snow Flurry 2009: The Aftermath

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Some area motorists this morning were presented with the daunting task of clearing snow from their windshields.

The Puget Sound region was hit this morning by a weak weather system that was dry and cold enough to produce snow, up to one or two inches in some places.

Like most Seattle commutes, motorists were unaccustomed to navigating roadways which were wet from precipitation, causing backups on the usual highways. Driving conditions were also complicated from the hazard presented by television news vans racing to North Bend and the Snoqualmie Summit, so broadcast journalists could be shown braving the elements while telling viewers that yes, indeed it's snowing outside.

The City of Seattle responded to today's tribulations by putting out not one, but two news advisories assuring residents and the Seattle Times editorial board that Seattle Department of Transportation work crews were prepared for the trace amounts of snow expected.

Like the Covenant School girls basketball team laying a pounding on Dallas Academy, SDOT work crews had twenty trucks patrolling hillsides, bridges and arterials looking for any snow that had the audacity to stick to the roads.

Although de-icer was applied last night to the West Seattle Bridge, the Alaska Way Viaduct and Aurora Bridge, sadly, no rock salt was dumped to augment the snow removal campaign.

"Conditions didn't meet the criteria," explained SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner.

 
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