Surprising spring snow dusts city in white
April 12, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
Sure, spring started last month, but Old Man Winter returned last week.
Snowfall blanketed Issaquah and surrounding areas — especially neighborhoods in the Issaquah Highlands and on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — late April 6 and early April 7. Surprised 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.
Roads remained clear for the April 7 morning commute, although the rain-soaked ground resulting from the increased precipitation snarled Issaquah-area traffic.
Crews cleared a fallen tree from Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast near Issaquah at about 8 a.m., after the large maple clogged traffic and forced motorists to detour.
King County Sheriff’s Office deputies directed traffic. Crews cleared enough of the tree to reopen the road just after 9 a.m. and then remained on the scene to continue the cleanupIn the meantime, traffic backed up just south of Issaquah city limits. Motorists headed for Issaquah and Interstate 90 used crowded May Valley Road Southeast and state Route 900 to reach the city.
“With the ground so saturated, it’s not uncommon for the roots to give way, and the tree just kind of falls over,” King County Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok said.
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 also been colder by an average of 10 degrees,” Burke said after the nighttime snowfall.
Blame La Niña for the colder temperatures and the additional precipitation.
The forecast for the day after the snowfall turned out to be the usual: rain showers and a high temperature near 48 degrees.
Sunshine and temperatures in the mid-50s — springtime weather — returned April 8.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or email@example.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.