Snowstorm does not disrupt life for Cougar Mountain Zoo denizens

January 18, 2012

A cougar cub at Issaquah's Cougar Mountain Zoo turns skyward as a snowstorm blankets the region Wednesday. By Robyn Barfoot

NEW — 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

The macaws retreat inside to toastier temperatures. The tigers tolerate the cold. The reindeer, unsurprisingly, revel in the snow.

Though most Issaquah residents experienced a snow day Wednesday, a major snowstorm did not disrupt the routine for the denizens of Cougar Mountain Zoo.

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King County Metro Transit remains on snow routes for Thursday

January 18, 2012

NEW — 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Expect King County Metro Transit buses to remain chained up and on snow routes Thursday, as the Puget Sound region recovers from a significant snowstorm.

Officials said transit operating conditions could change throughout the day, and recommended for bus riders to check for updates from Metro Transit. Depending on roads and traffic conditions, bus service is expected to significantly disrupted and delayed Thursday.

Metro Transit plans to operate the same level of service as Wednesday, with up to 30 routes canceled Thursday. If travel conditions improve overnight, service on the affected routes could be restored either early or during the day. So, before traveling, riders should check for the most current status of Metro Transit service.

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Issaquah School District cancels classes for Thursday

January 18, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Issaquah School District officials canceled classes for Thursday, as residents dig out from a major snowstorm.

The district announced the closure just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials also canceled classes Tuesday and Wednesday, due to icy road conditions in the early morning hours and a subsequent snowstorm. (Students did not attend classes Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.)

School closures impact all district-related meetings and activities, including Headstart, school-age care and preschool.

The cancellation also means the finals schedule for high school students is delayed further.

King County crews encounter headaches as snowstorm barrels across region

January 18, 2012

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

The snowstorm pummeling the Puget Sound region is causing transportation headaches across King County, officials said Wednesday afternoon as road crews attempted to keep major arteries open to traffic.

Officials said no county road is escaping the impact of the latest winter storm.

County Road Services Division crews reported hazardous driving conditions along and several road closures across the region. The county focused mostly on plowing and sanding along the major roadways throughout the county, such as Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast.

Countywide, about 150 field staffers continue to work 12-hour shifts to support 24-hour operations. That around-the-clock schedule is due to continue until conditions improve.

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Some Issaquah city facilities remain open amid snowstorm

January 18, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Though the snowstorm prompted officials to close recreation facilities, some city offices remain open to the public Wednesday.

Issaquah City Hall is open for normal hours, although officials scaled back some services. The city permitting center is only open until 4:30 p.m. and the passport center is closed.

Julius Boehm Pool and the Issaquah Community Center closed at 10 a.m. Call the community center at 837-3326 for additional weather updates.

Issaquah Municipal Court briefly opened for normal hours and then closed at 10 a.m. Officials canceled all hearings, and people scheduled to appear in court cannot be penalized for failing to appear.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, lawmakers cancel events

January 18, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce leaders and local lawmakers canceled planned Wednesday events amid a major snowstorm.

The chamber’s membership luncheon scheduled for noon had to be called off due to the weather. If attends prepaid for the event online, the chamber intends to issue a credit for another membership luncheon.

The chamber still plans to hold the I-90 Networking Breakfast on Friday, but chamber representatives said the schedule could change, depending on conditions.

State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Marcie Maxwell — 41st Legislative District Democrats representing West Issaquah — canceled a telephone “town hall” meeting scheduled for Wednesday due to concerns about transportation and weather.

The representatives plan to conduct a town hall-style meeting in person next month, and to reschedule a telephone “town hall” meeting for later in the legislative session or after the session concludes.

Roads remain open as snow covers Issaquah, more lingers in forecast

January 18, 2012

Snow blankets downtown Issaquah on Wednesday morning as a King County Metro Transit bus heads north along Front Street South. By Kathleen R. Merrill

NEW — 9:15 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Snowfall greeted Issaquah residents Wednesday morning, as a less-severe-than-predicted snowstorm still left deep snow in local neighborhoods, especially areas at higher elevations.

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Snowplow crews toil day and night to clear Issaquah streets

January 18, 2012

Kyle Patterson, a city snowplow driver, maneuvers through the Montreux neighborhood to remove snow from streets Tuesday afternoon. By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Come winter, the nonstop struggle between man and Mother Nature unfolds in a teeth-rattling ride aboard city snowplows.

Snow, split into quarters from tire tracks, clung to the streets late Tuesday afternoon in Montreux, a tony neighborhood on Cougar Mountain named for a city in the Swiss Alps. In methodical maneuvers, city snowplow driver Kyle Patterson edged back and forth along cul-de-sac after cul-de-sac, pushing snow from the roadway to form dirt-flecked berms along the street.

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Motorists should use caution in snow, stay home if possible

January 18, 2012

NEW — 5:30 a.m. Jan. 18, 2012

State transportation officials urged residents to use caution or stay off roads entirely Wednesday as snow coated local arteries, although predictions for a historic snowstorm diminished.

Still, weather conditions left roads treacherous, and the state Department of Transportation reminded motorists to prepare for hazardous conditions on interstate highways and secondary roads, and possible impassible conditions on outlying roadways.

The agency also encouraged people to avoid driving if possible.

“I can’t emphasize enough to people the importance of gathering information available on weather forecasts and road conditions to make the best decision before venturing out,” Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a statement released Tuesday, as crews braced for a major snowstorm. “Our crews will be out there plowing and treating the roads, but we need drivers to do their part and prepare for really challenging travel conditions.”

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Issaquah School District cancels classes Wednesday due to snow

January 17, 2012

NEW — 8:15 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012

Issaquah School District officials canceled classes Wednesday, as a snowstorm threatens to pound the region overnight.

The district announced the closure just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Officials also canceled classes Tuesday, due to icy road conditions in the early morning hours. (Students did not attend classes Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.)

School closures impact all district-related meetings and activities, including Headstart, school-age care and preschool.

The cancellation also means the finals schedule for high school students is delayed further. Officials told students and parents to expected eNews updates about high school schedules soon.

The district attributed the planned Wednesday cancellation to the potential for heavy snow across the district. Some district neighborhoods experienced snowfall Tuesday as well.

In addition, the district website — www.issaquah.wednet.edu — is down, but officials said the problem is being addressed.

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