It's a Snow Man's Land Out There!

By Erica C. Barnett January 19, 2012

It's literally pouring ice outside PubliCola's office window, and Gov. Chris Gregoire just declared a state of emergency in 17 Washington State counties. Here's a roundup of the latest news from the dysnowpia.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency due to the ice and snow storm, which has caused high winds, flooding, landslides, and power outages in 17 counties. The declaration covers Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties.

Sound Transit and Metro continue to have problems, with many routes delayed or canceled. (I experienced this firsthand this morning, when light rail was delayed as crews struggled to move a broken-down train off the tracks). Get Metro's latest updates here and Sound Transit's here; you can also sign up for email alerts from either agency.

In other news, if you're thinking about driving, don't. WSDOT's list of road closures is here, and the city of Seattle's updates are here.

Never mind: We're all just a bunch of "clueless" whiners, according to theLA Times. (Do they even get snow in LA?)
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