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Road report | South End roads icy, bus service canceled in Langley, Oak Harbor
Island County road crews have sanded many of the major roadways and intersections, but minor roadways and neighborhood streets remain slick with packed snow and ice from the weekend's snowfall. Bus service in Langley and Oak Harbor has also been canceled due to unsafe road conditions for transit drivers.
Elsewhere on Whidbey Island, the fallout from the overnight snowstorm wasn't as severe.
Highway 525 was wet and traffic was traveling near the posted speed limits shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, snow was starting to accumulate on Humphrey Road, and travelers faced a slippery ride over Humphrey Hill in Clinton.
Maxwelton Road was heavily sanded with few slick spots. Major roads near Freeland have also been sanded.
Highway 525 was clear of snow from Greenbank south.
On Scatchet Head, many neighborhood streets were still covered with thick ice this morning left over from the weekend's weather. About a half dozen cars have been left at the bottom of the steep hills on Fidalgo and George drives.
Mike Cotton, deputy chief of Island County Fire District 3, said no calls of drivers in distress had been reported by 9 a.m. this morning.
"It's been pretty quiet so far," Cotton said, "not like Snohomish County and Camano, knock on wood."
Island Transit has stopped service in Oak Harbor, and other bus runs have been canceled, as well.
Routes 2, 9 and 10 in Oak Harbor have been canceled. Service on Route 3 just outside Oak Harbor has also been suspended.
"It's like an ice rink up there. It hasn't stopped snowing up there since 3 a.m.," said Shawn Harris, operations manager for Island Transit.
Route 1, the north to South End service, is running behind schedule.
Bus service inside Langley has been halted.
"At this point, we're coming in Langley Road and going out Maxwelton," Harris said.
Island Transit operations workers are checking road conditions across Whidbey this morning. Other service changes are expected once they report in.
"We probably won't be going into Scatchet Head. We'll probably get to Swede Hill and that will be it," Harris said.
"I fear tonight, it's going to get real icy. We're kind of playing it by ear," he said.
Light snow was still falling on the South End just after 9 a.m. Wednesday.