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Slippery roads make for treacherous commute in the Northwest

Law enforcement officers had their hands full Wednesday morning thanks to slippery roads in Western Washington.

In Snohomish County, the sheriff’s department reports deputies dealt with more than 12 crashes caused by icy conditions.

The Lacey Fire Department was called to several minor collisions as well.

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Over in Mukilteo, the fire department reported that State Route 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard was a “sheet of ice.” Around 7 a.m., there were crashes on both sides of the freeway.

An Everett officer in training was struck by a car while responding to a collision on SR 526, KIRO 7 reports.

According to KIRO 7: The officers were outside the patrol car getting traffic vests when a driver behind them was unable to stop and rear-ended the patrol car and struck the student officer. The officer in training ended up on the hood of the car and was transported to the hospital with hip and wrist injuries, according to Everett police. The other officer and the driver who struck the student officer were not hurt.

More slippery roads to come

KIRO 7 meteorologists say the Puget Sound region can expect lows to remain in the mid- to upper-30s through Friday, before it gets even colder over the weekend and next week.

The National Weather Service says another cold front is expected to roll in around Thursday.

“This front will be accompanied by rain and mountain snow, as well as local windy conditions,” the Weather Service reports.

Freezing levels are expected to drop from 4,000 feet to around 2,000 feet on Friday morning.

The bottom line: Expect more icy morning commutes through the rest of the week and prepare for the possibility of lowland snow this weekend.

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