Surprising spring snowfall dusts Issaquah in white

April 7, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Snowfall blanketed the Overdale Park neighborhood in Issaquah late Wednesday night. By Larry Lohrman

NEW — 8 a.m. April 7, 2011

Sure, spring started last month, but Old Man Winter is back.

Snowfall blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the Issaquah Highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Residents reported about 1 inch of snow accumulation in some places.

“We’re disappointed by the weather every April — and that can actually last into June, our disappointment with the weather,” said Chris Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle.

The spring snowfall surprised Issaquah residents, but the late-season storm did not impact transportation. Roads remained clear for the Thursday morning commute.

The region is experiencing below-normal temperatures for early spring. High temperatures usually reach the mid to upper 50s in early April.

“We’ve been struggling to reach 50 each of the last several days, and the overnight lows have been also been colder by an average of 10 degrees,” Burke said.

Blame La Niña for the colder temperatures and the additional precipitation.

The forecast for the days ahead is less unusual. Expect rain showers Thursday morning and a high temperature near 48 degrees. The forecast overnight low is 35, but no precipitation is predicted.

Sunshine and temperatures in the mid-50s — springtime weather — should return Friday.

Wanted: winter wonderland scenes

The snow on the ground has lured some Issaquah-area residents outside to play, or at least admire, a winter — er, spring — wonderland.

For upcoming editions, The Issaquah Press seeks photos of wintry scenes and snow-related activities. Springtime snowmen, perhaps?

Email your contact information and photos to reporter Warren Kagarise at, or contact us on Twitter @issaquahpress, by 5 p.m. Friday.

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