Planners urge Issaquah residents to prepare for snowfall
December 28, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 28, 2010
Snowfall is possible in Issaquah in the days ahead, as the mercury dips below freezing.
National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said the snow level should drop from 1,600 to 900 feet overnight Tuesday. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Issaquah residents at higher elevations on Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains and Grand Ridge could experience snow accumulation of less than a half-inch.
The chance of snow is 50 percent for Wednesday, and accumulation could reach 1 to 2 inches. The mercury is expected to hover below freezing on Wednesday night, but temperatures should climb above freezing on Thursday.
Issaquah residents can find information about conditions on the city website, emergency information hotline, the city radio station at 1700-AM and on Channel 21, the municipal access channel. Call the emergency information line at 837-3028.
King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.
City planners also reminded motorists not to abandon vehicles in travel lanes.
If drivers must abandon vehicles, park clear of travel lanes to allow snow equipment to pass. (The city tows vehicles left abandoned in travel lanes. Call the Issaquah Police Department nonemergency line, 837-3200, to locate vehicles after a snowstorm.)
The county and municipalities also opened shelters for residents in need of adequate heat and homeless people.
American Red Cross planners offer tips for residents to stay safe in cold conditions. The cold also raises the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Homeowners should also protect pipes from freezing as the mercury drops.
Crews last faced a test during a pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm last month. The storm snarled traffic and disrupted the regional transit system Nov. 22-23.