The Southcenter and Federal Way areas have seen their fair share of these somewhat minor accidents, but so has the north end, according to Washington State trooper Keith Leary. Leary estimates that troopers throughout Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties have responded to 44 weather-related collisions since Monday morning.
“A lot of black ice out there,” says KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott. “Some of that wet snow from [Sunday] afternoon [is] refreezing over the roadways.”
Winter Weather Car Accident Statistics
- Winter weather – conditions such as snow, ice, slush and freezing rain – accounted for approximately 1,800 car collisions throughout Washington State in 2010.
- With more than 9,300 vehicle accidents resulting in 39 deaths, 170 serious injuries and over 2,600 minor injuries, December is one of the most dangerous driving months in Washington State.