Residents urged to prepare for major snowstorm
January 9, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 2011
Meteorologists urged Western Washington residents to prepare for substantial snowfall from Tuesday night through Thursday.
National Weather Service forecasters said the Issaquah area could receive 2 to 4 inches of snow Tuesday and a similar amount Wednesday.
The snowfall could start Tuesday night, as the mercury drops to 30 degrees. Forecasters said accumulation of about 2 to 4 inches is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
The chance of precipitation increases to 80 percent Wednesday. Meteorologists said accumulation could total 3 to 7 inches Wednesday. The high temperature for the day is expected to reach the mid-30s.
Though snow is expected to fall Wednesday night as well, no accumulation is expected.
The temperature and the snow level should rise Thursday. The mercury is forecast to climb into the low 40s and the snow level retreats to 1,200 feet.
Issaquah residents reported minor snowfall Sunday, but the snow showers did not cause any travel problems.
Meteorologists said Monday and Tuesday should be cold and dry — and encouraged residents to use the days to prepare for heavy snowfall by midweek.
Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.
King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.
If drivers must abandon vehicles along Issaquah streets, 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.)