Cold start to the day as winter storm impacts linger

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Temperatures in King County dipped into the teens overnight after Monday’s winter storm. Dress warmly and expect slow-going as day breaks. The National Weather Service in Seattle says temperatures will not rise much above freezing today, and another winter storm could be in the works for later this week.

King County Metro Transit buses are chained up and will remain on snow routes for the morning commute. For those who must travel today, let Metro do the driving and prepare for longer travel and wait times due to the cold and slick conditions. Updates will be available online and through transit alert emails and texts, with maps and subscriptions available at MetroWinter.com and up-to-the-minute info at @kcmetrobus on Twitter.

The Vashon and West Seattle Water Taxis are currently in service as normal – view schedule here. Crews will assess weather conditions and inform customers whether service will be disrupted later today.

King County Roads crews continued to plow and treat roads in their service area overnight. Arterials in unincorporated areas are in good shape, but drivers should still take care this morning as there are still slick spots, especially on side streets and neighborhoods. County crews are working on those secondary roads today. Find real-time maps, traffic cameras, and road alerts at kingcounty.gov/MyCommute and follow @kcroads on Twitter. You can also check WSDOT’s website or SeattleTraffic.org.

King County agencies are operating on a delayed schedule today. Most offices and public services will open at 10 or 10:30 a.m. If you’re not sure about an agency’s status, visit kingcounty.gov or call ahead. Those on jury duty should report at 10 a.m.

Many school districts and colleges in the area are closed or operating on a delay today. Those that are closed include Bellevue, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Renton, Seattle, and Shoreline. Check FlashAlert.net for information, or check with your school.

The day center at Fourth and Jefferson in downtown Seattle will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for people experiencing homelessness. Additional sleeping space will again be available tonight at the King County Administration Building for those without shelter.

Follow @KingCountyWA on Twitter for the latest information and updates.