Leaders urge motorists to steer clear of icy roads

November 23, 2010

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Temperatures in the area should plummet into the teens and single digits late Tuesday and early Wednesday — and cause dangerous ice to form on freshly cleared roads.

The forecast — from National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle — includes a 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4 a.m. Wednesday. The mercury is not expected to climb out of the 20s Wednesday, either.

The conditions in Western Washington and statewide prompted Gov. Chris Gregoire, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond to urge drivers Tuesday to steer clear of hazardous road conditions.

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City urges property owners to clear sidewalks

November 23, 2010

UPDATED — 1 p.m. Nov. 23, 2010

The city urged property owners to clear sidewalks as bitter cold lingers and fallen snow produces slick patches along Issaquah streets.

The abutting property owner has the responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Due to the inclement weather, Julius Boehm Pool remain closed. The city reopened the Issaquah Community Center for drop-in visits until 3 p.m.

Programs at both facilities remain canceled. Check the municipal website to learn about upcoming schedule changes.

King County has closed several agencies and the court system. Find a complete list of closures here.

Some services — such as pet licensing, car tabs, marriage licenses by mail, property tax payments and business licensing — remain available online.

Despite the closures elsewhere, the show is set to go on at Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah. The performance of “Anne of Green Gables” is still scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Follow safety tips to brace for bitter cold

November 23, 2010

NEW — 9 a.m. Nov. 23, 2010

Issaquah should receive a respite from snowfall Tuesday, but the mercury is forecast to remain below freezing until Thursday, Thanksgiving.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle predict a cold, clear day in the Issaquah area. The high temperature is expected to top out at 29 degrees. Expect another clear — albeit slightly warmer — day Wednesday. The high temperature is forecast to be 35. The high temperature for Thanksgiving could reach 39, though snow is forecast for Thursday morning.

Residents should prepare for the extreme cold before heading outdoors. American Red Cross emergency planners offer tips for preparing for cold conditions: Read more

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Metro Transit prepares routes and riders for snowy winter

November 23, 2010

King County Metro Transit is ready to roll out a plan to keep buses in motion and riders informed after snowflakes start to fall.

Forecasters expect a cold and precipitation-soaked winter — La Niña conditions — in the Pacific Northwest. Metro Transit has a multipronged approach to bus operations if snow and ice start to impact King County travel.

The process starts at preparation, progresses to rerouting buses, and — under the harshest conditions — calls for drastic reductions in service.

“We had most of our improved plans in place last year, but we didn’t get the opportunity to test them because the weather was so mild,” Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond said. “Based on what we’re hearing about this coming winter, it appears we’ll have to put these plans into play and we want our customers to be ready, too.”

If the transit agency has to cut service, the agency rolls out the Emergency Service Network — a limited number of bus routes to serve priority streets and highways cleared of snow by cites and other agencies.

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State Department of Transportation, state patrol urge drivers to delay travel

November 22, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Nov. 22, 2010

The state Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol asked drivers to delay travel as a winter storm dumps snow on Western Washington.

“If you can, delay travel until Tuesday or Wednesday,” Chris Christopher, DOT maintenance director, said in a statement. “Conditions continue to deteriorate today, especially in the Puget Sound area.”

Christopher said the agency has deployed every crew, but clearing roads in high-traffic areas can be difficult.

“If you are on the road, slow down, drive for conditions and let WSDOT trucks through,” he said.

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Issaquah roads remain open as snowy Monday arrives

November 22, 2010

UPDATED — 11:15 a.m. Nov. 22, 2010

Snow continues to fall in Issaquah, but roads remain open and Issaquah School District schools opened as usual Monday morning.

The school district cancelled afternoon kindergarten, early childhood education, Head Start and all-after school activities for Monday due to the snow.

City Public Works Operations Department crews worked through the night to apply de-icer to city streets.

In addition, all city Parks & Recreation Department recreation programs continue to run as scheduled. Find up-to-date information on the municipal website.

The city reminds property owners to clear sidewalks, because the abutting property owner has the responsibility to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

King County Metro Transit buses remain on snow routes. Learn more here and sign up for Transit Alerts here.

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Forecast: more snow and extreme cold ahead Monday

November 22, 2010

NEW — 11:10 a.m. Nov. 22, 2010

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle issued a winter storm advisory Monday for much of Western Washington through Monday night.

Forecasters expect snowfall to increase through the early afternoon and into the evening hours. Expect some drifting of the snow as northerly winds increase to 20 to 30 mph and gusts increase to 40 mph. Accumulations could range from two to six inches.

The winter storm advisory is in effect until 10 p.m.

The combination of the strong wind and temperatures in the low 20s should turn wind chill values of 0 to 10 degrees Monday night.

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Get lots of winter weather tips here

December 15, 2008

NEW — 3:25 p.m. Dec. 15,2008

Weather forecasters say the region is in for its lowest temperatures this week since December 1990, when a prolonged cold snap froze pipes, chilled homes and caused widespread flooding when the burst pipes finally thawed.

It’s much better to prepare in advance for problems than to clean up after them. Accordingly, the city of Issaquah offers this advice: Read more

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Help keep pets safe in frigid temperatures

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

With freezing temperatures expected, pets need protection from the cold. These tips will help keep pets safe during cold weather:

    A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs may need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
    Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing the food supply, particularly protein, will keep them and their fur in tip-top shape.
    Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal poisons for dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. 
    Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months. 
    Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.
(Source: The Seattle Humane Society)
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