Crews shift focus to freezing conditions on roads

February 24, 2011

A city snowplow clears a street in the Overdale Park neighborhood in North Issaquah on Thursday morning. By Bernadette Anne

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Temperatures should plummet into the teens Thursday night, raising the threat of freezing conditions on roads in Issaquah and surrounding areas.

In Issaquah, all roads remain open. Municipal road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight and continue to work on lower-priority streets.

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Issaquah recreation facilities remain open; meeting rescheduled

February 24, 2011

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Despite the snowstorm, Julius Boehm Pool and the Issaquah Community Center open for regular hours Thursday.

Some community center classes and programs may be canceled, so participants should call 837-3326 for updated cancellation information.

The city has rescheduled the Planning Policy Commission meeting set for 6:30 p.m. to March 3.

The commission had been scheduled to discuss the transportation vision outlined in the Central Issaquah Plan, a sweeping document meant to guide redevelopment in the 915-acre business district in the months ahead.

The discussion is on the agenda for the March 3 meeting.

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Garbage pickup canceled for some Issaquah customers

February 24, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup for Issaquah customers Thursday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

The hauler provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods. The company’s customer service center is also closed Thursday.

Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Thursday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

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Motorists urged to use caution on morning commute

February 24, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2011

Issaquah-area residents awoke to deep snow in some spots and icy roads Thursday, as transportation officials urged commuters to use caution on the morning trek — or to stay home altogether.

In Issaquah, all roads remain open. Municipal road crews plowed and sanded high-priority routes overnight and continue to work on lower-priority streets.

Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.

Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

King County Road Services Division crews also deployed for 24-hour operations to combat snow and ice.

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Issaquah crews mobilize as snow accumulates on roads

February 23, 2011

NEW — 10 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Issaquah road crews deployed Wednesday night as a significant snowstorm started to blanket the region and temperatures plunged into the 20s.

City Public Works Operations crews plan to work around the clock through the night and Thursday morning to clear priority routes and, then, as conditions allow, side streets.

Motorists could face a problematic commute Thursday morning, as snow showers continue and the temperature hovers in the 30s.

Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

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Survey: Washington drivers feel comfortable in snow

February 23, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Surprise — not all Evergreen State drivers react to snowstorms like the First Snowflake Freakout Lady in the droll PEMCO Insurance spot.

The insurer polled Washington drivers and discovered 58 percent of respondents feel comfortable driving in the snow, and another 58 percent of respondents claimed to be safer than other drivers in snowy conditions.

Only 16 percent of the 606 respondents in the survey admitted to significant concern behind the wheel in snowy conditions.

PEMCO released the survey results Wednesday, as meteorologists predicted a drubbing for the Puget Sound region from a significant snowstorm.

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Commuters urged to prepare for plan for hazardous conditions

February 23, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Officials urged commuters to head home earlier than usual, and to check conditions for roads and mass transit before a significant snowstorm wallops the region Wednesday night.

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted bursts of snow showers to continue through Thursday morning. The snowfall is expected to more intense than the intermittent snow showers reported in Issaquah throughout Wednesday morning and afternoon.

Forecasters said the total daytime accumulation in Issaquah could range from 2 to 4 inches.

The mercury dips into 20s Wednesday night. Meteorologists predicted another 2 to 4 inches of snow could accumulate in Issaquah and the surrounding area. Snowfall is expected to continue into Thursday.

Issaquah road crews remain on standby to apply sand or de-icing fluid to Issaquah streets if needed throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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Allied Waste cancels Preston garbage pickup due to conditions

February 23, 2011

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Allied Waste canceled garbage pickup in Preston and the surrounding area Wednesday due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions.

Allied Waste service is on a normal schedule for customers in Issaquah and neighboring communities in unincorporated King County should. Waste Management, the hauler responsible for most Issaquah businesses and residents, continues to operate on a normal schedule Wednesday.

Allied Waste trucks do not run if snow or ice prevents safe garbage collection on neighborhood streets. If haulers do not pick up garbage, recycling or yard debris, take the materials back inside.

Allied Waste collects a double load of garbage, recycling and yard debris at no additional charge on the next regularly scheduled collection day. Residents can put excess materials due to missed collection in a temporary container, such as a box or paper bag marked “garbage,” “recycling” or “yard debris.”

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Forecasters: More snow is on the way for Issaquah

February 23, 2011

NEW — 7 a.m. Feb. 23, 2011

Issaquah roads remain clear and open Wednesday morning, as forecasters warned motorists to prepare for worsening conditions throughout the day.

City road crews toiled through the night to apply sand or de-icing fluid to streets. Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.

In the meantime, roads remain open in Issaquah, though drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions, even on treated roads and especially at night.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a winter storm warning for Western Washington through 10 a.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists predicted 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation in Issaquah during the daytime Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent. The temperature is expected to reach 39 degrees.

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Issaquah road crews deploy to clear priority routes

February 22, 2011

NEW — 10 p.m. Feb. 22, 2011

Issaquah road crews remain on standby to apply sand or de-icing fluid to Issaquah streets if needed throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, roads remain open in Issaquah, though drivers should prepare for winter driving conditions, even on treated roads and especially at night.

Crews focus on priority routes and then start to clear side streets as conditions allow.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a winter storm warning for Western Washington through Thursday.

Forecasters said 1 to 2 inches could accumulate overnight Tuesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

The weather service said another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation is possible in Issaquah on Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

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