Downed trees prompt state Route 900, Southeast 56th Street road closures

January 19, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

Downed trees and power lines prompted road closures on state Route 900 in Issaquah and rural King County early Thursday morning.

Crews responded a downed tree and power lines before 7:50 a.m. between Northwest Talus Drive and the southern city limits. The stretch between the access road to the Talus urban village and the city line remains closed as Puget Sound Energy crews tend to the downed tree.

Outside city limits, in rural King County, the state Department of Transportation said state Route 900 is closed at Southeast May Valley Road due to a downed tree.

In Issaquah, Southeast 56th Street from 229th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is closed due to downed power lines.

The closures came as ice weighted down trees and power lines, contributing to road closures and power outages throughout the region.

PSE reported more than 12,000 customers in the Issaquah area without power at 9:55 a.m.

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Crews continue snow removal on Issaquah streets as flood concern rises

January 19, 2012

NEW — 5 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012

City road crews labored throughout the night and morning to remove snow and treat Issaquah streets, as officials and residents prepare for another day of snow-snarled commutes.

Roads remain open and snowplows continue to focus on Priority 1 routes — important arteries and access to hillside communities. Crews intend to address side streets as conditions allow. (Officials divide streets into priority levels for snow removal.)

Officials canceled all programs at the Issaquah Community Center and Julius Boehm Pool for Thursday. Call 837-3300 or go to the city website for updates on possible drop-in hours.

Expect rain and snow before 10 a.m. Thursday. Temperatures should rise into the upper 30s throughout the day. More rain and snow is expected Thursday night.

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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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Snow blankets region, but officials report few headaches — so far

January 17, 2012

Snow blanketed Issaquah and the Puget Sound region Jan. 15 and 16, as officials and residents prepared for more challenging conditions in the days ahead.

The potential for more snow — plus flooding as the snow melted — reminded emergency planners to gird for harsh La Niña conditions, albeit later in the season than expected.

“It’s going to be pretty messy in the next couple of days,” said Johnny Burg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle. “People should just pay attention to the forecast.”

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Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds motorists to prepare for icy roads

December 7, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

The cold is causing a challenge for motorists as ice forms on roads and Eastside Fire & Rescue crews respond to motorists crashing, spinning out or landing in ditches.

The conditions make for icy and slick roads across the emergency response agency’s service area. EFR serves Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend, plus areas in unincorporated King County.

EFR reminds motorists to learn how to navigate and maneuver in inclement weather conditions, such as snow and ice. Driving safely by slowing down under these conditions is essential to staying safe behind the wheel. The agency recommends the following safety tips:

  • If cars behind you tailgate during bad weather conditions, pull over and let them pass.
  • Having a front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle is not a guarantee it can handle icy roads.
  • Avoid using cruise control if driving on icy roads.
  • Stay alert, and refrain from talking on a cellphone while driving, even with a hands-free device.
  • Slow down and allow some distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Most of all, if you do not have to be out in the elements, stay home.
National Weather Service meteorologists said Issaquah residents should expect overnight low temperatures near freezing to last into next week.
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Use caution on roads as soggy conditions continue

November 23, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 23, 2011

Rain is expected to continue on Thanksgiving and through the holiday weekend.

King County Road Services Division officials reminded motorists to watch for road closures due to flooding or blockages. Motorists should use caution on the road, and monitor the latest road closure information before heading out. Never drive around barricades or through standing water.

King County remains under a flood watch as officials monitor flood-prone rivers. Issaquah Creek flooding is not expected to occur.

National Weather Service meteorologists said rain is expected during the day on Thanksgiving and Friday. Black Friday shoppers can encounter soggy conditions before 10 a.m.

More rain is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

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Issaquah residents urged to prepare amid King County flood watch

November 21, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Nov. 21, 2011

King County is under a flood watch as a precipitation-laden system barrels into Western Washington, and Issaquah residents should prepare for localized flooding as rain and wind pelt the area.

The flood watch is in effect until through late Wednesday night. Expect 2 to 4 inches of rainfall Monday night and Tuesday as the snow level rises to about 6,000 feet, and then another 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night and Wednesday as the snow level gradually dips to about 3,000 feet.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said any flooding related to the system is expected to be minor.

In addition, a wind advisory is in effect through noon Tuesday.

Bret Heath, city Public Works Operations and emergency management director, said leaves dislodged from trees by rain and wind could also clog storm drains and lead to flooding along city streets.

Issaquah Creek flooding is not expected to pose a major problem in the days ahead.

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Snow is forecast for Issaquah, but accumulation is not

November 17, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011

Temperatures in the low 30s and a drop in the snow level mean snow is possible overnight Thursday in the Issaquah area.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said rain should continue overnight and then possibly turn to snow in the early morning hours. The snow level is also expected to dip to 900 feet overnight.

(The summit of Tiger Mountain is 3,004 feet above sea level and the Issaquah Highlands start at about 500 feet above sea level.)

Forecasters expect little or no snow accumulation Thursday and Friday.

Expect snow and rain Friday morning, although the precipitation is expected to turn rain only after 10 a.m. Forecasters said the snow level should dip to 400 feet Friday night.

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Expect cold temperatures and, maybe, snowfall

November 16, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Expect blustery, soggy conditions throughout Wednesday and, perhaps, snow in the days ahead.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle predict winds between 16 and 24 mph in the Issaquah area during the day and into the night.

Meanwhile, expect a soaking as a low-pressure system moves from the Gulf of Alaska into the Pacific Northwest.

Come Friday night, as the snow level dips from 1,000 feet to 300 feet and low temperatures fall into the upper 20s, lowland residents in the Issaquah area could see snowflakes. (The summit of Tiger Mountain is 3,004 feet above sea level and the Issaquah Highlands start at about 500 feet above sea level.)

Meteorologists said little or no accumulation is expected.

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Tiger Mountain burn ban expires as temperatures drop

October 4, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources’ burn ban for Tiger Mountain State Forest and other public forestlands ended Oct. 1, as rainfall and cooler temperatures reduced the wildfire risk.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center said the October outlook calls for near-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation.

Though the statewide burn ban expired, some areas remain dry, and people should follow the conditions for burning permits. Call 1-800-323-BURN toll free to find local burning restrictions.

The state agency ordered the ban July 1 to reduce wildfires caused by escaped debris burns and recreational fires on forestland.


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