January 29, 2013
Learn chainsaw safety basics as the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council hosts a class soon.
The training focuses on chainsaw handling, operation and maintenance. The free class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the city Public Works Operations Building, 670 First Ave. N.E. The class size is limited, so interested residents should register at the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council website, www.issaquahcitizencorps.com.
January 10, 2013
NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013
Issaquah, King County and state road crews prepared for snow Thursday, as forecasters urged caution on roads, and rain threatened to turn to snow and create icy morning commutes Friday.
The city placed public works crews on standby Thursday to prepare for possible road hazards related to the winter weather.
King County prepared for a beefed-up response to ice and snow. Overnight, ice buildup on already-damp roadways is a concern for road crews.
The county put extra crews on the road for response, and as many as 12 trucks could remain on duty throughout the night. In addition to anti-icing operations, crews sand roads and plow slush or snow as necessary.
December 25, 2012
Snow crept into forecasts in recent days, but aside from a dusting in higher-elevation neighborhoods and a delay for Issaquah School District students, winter weather did not cause significant disruptions in the area.
In response to slushy conditions on roads and some snowfall overnight, school district administrators delayed the start of school two hours Dec. 18. The day before, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington, Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for snow.
December 17, 2012
NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012
Issaquah and King County road crews prepared for the possibility of snow late Monday, as forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Western Washington.
Meteorologists said conditions exist for lowland snow showers overnight as temperatures drop into the low 30s and snow levels sink to only a few hundred feet above sea level. The chance of snow is expected to decrease Tuesday morning as temperatures increase into the upper 30s and low 40s.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said snow showers could occur overnight in Issaquah. Snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Snow is possible before 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a chance of rain between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The snow level is expected to reach 400 feet. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
November 27, 2012
The mercury dips a little lower as November turns to December, winter starts in mere weeks, and the agencies responsible for ensuring roads remain passable in ice and snow readied removal plans for the months ahead.
Issaquah, King County and the state prepare detailed ice and snow response plans long before the flakes start to fall. The agencies face challenges in Issaquah and the surrounding area due to steep terrain, narrow roads and limited funding.
November 20, 2012
Expect a soggy Thanksgiving and a side of rain on the day before the holiday, as a series of systems batters Western Washington.
The weather comes as rain-soaked Pacific systems barrel across the region in quick succession. National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said strong fronts should affect Western Washington, and increase the risk of flooding on streets.
November 20, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 20, 2012
Expect continued rainfall through Thanksgiving, but not like the blustery, soggy conditions Monday.
Severe rainfall from a series of storms derailed the afternoon commute and raised flooding concerns on local waterways as more than 2 inches of rain soaked the Issaquah area. The storm caused power outages in Issaquah and Sammamish, and prompted Sammamish city officials to close Beaver Lake Preserve and Pine Lake Park due to high wind.
King County road crews spent Monday afternoon removing leaves and debris from storm drains and responding to problems. The state Department of Transportation warned motorists to prepare for waterlogged Thanksgiving travel and snow on the mountain passes.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast rain for Issaquah into next week, although not as bad as the Monday deluge.
The precipitation raises the prospect of localized flooding on city streets.
November 19, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012
Expect a soggy Thanksgiving and a side of rain in the days before the holiday, as series of systems batters Western Washington.
The weather comes as rain-soaked Pacific systems barrel across the region in quick succession. National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said the strongest fronts should affect Western Washington through Monday night.
Residents should expect 2 to 5 inches of additional rain to fall in the mountains below the snow level. The influx of moisture increases the landslide risk on slopes.
Then, wet and windy weather should continue through the week, with lulls possible on Tuesday and Thursday, Thanksgiving. Snow is forecast to fall in the mountains, and motorists should prepare for snow in the mountain passes, including Snoqualmie Pass.
October 30, 2012
NEW — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012
National Weather Service meteorologists issued a flood watch for Issaquah and Western Washington on Tuesday, as rain pelts the region and lingers in the immediate forecast.
The flood watch is in effect for Western Washington through early Thursday. Under a flood watch, favorable conditions for flooding exist, but flooding is not imminent or occurring.
Forecasters said minor urban and small stream flooding is possible in the next 24 hours, due to a combination of steady rain and leaf-clogged storm drains.
Residents could see ponding at road intersections, in underpasses and along low-lying streets. Motorists should use caution as the rain continues.
July 10, 2012
Motorists should prepare for maintenance on city streets soon as crews start summertime repairs.
Expect construction on the following streets between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout July:
Mount Olympus Drive Northwest, Mount Olympus Drive Southwest, Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest, Mount Quay Drive Northwest, Mount Si Place Northwest and Mount Rainier Place Northwest.
Expect construction on the following streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout July:
East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.
The city awarded the contract for the maintenance overlay to Issaquah-based Lakeside Industries. The street overlay project is estimated to be completed in October.
Call the municipal Public Works Operations Department at 837-3470 with questions or comments.