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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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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Meteorologists forecast snow for Issaquah in days ahead

February 22, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011

Snow re-enters the forecast for Issaquah in the days ahead, after higher elevations received a dusting late Monday and early Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle predict snow showers for lowland Issaquah through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Then, the snow level is expected to rise to 80 feet and the daytime high temperature to 42. Meteorologists said little or no snow accumulation is likely Tuesday.

Rain is likely to start Tuesday night and then turn to snow Wednesday. Forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of accumulation is possible in Issaquah Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

The mercury is expected to drop to 29 degrees Wednesday night. The chance of snow continues through Thursday morning.

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Forecast calls for snowy, soggy conditions in Issaquah

February 17, 2011

NEW — 7 a.m. Feb. 17, 2011

Snow dappled Issaquah on Thursday morning, as meteorologists urged residents to prepare for cold temperatures and possible snow into next week.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said snow should continue in Issaquah until about 10 a.m. The total daytime accumulation could reach a half-inch. Then, the daytime high temperature should reach 42 degrees.

More rain and snow is forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning, though meteorologists do not expect significant accumulations.

Forecasters said the snow level should drop to sea level during heavy showers through Friday. Expect a rain-and-snow mix as scattered showers blanket the region.

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City plans to count vehicles using Interstate 90 Undercrossing

January 18, 2011

Mayor Ava Frisinger (right) addresses city staffers at the opening ceremony for the Interstate 90 Undercrossing on Jan. 11. By Greg Farrar

Motorists continue to discover Fourth Avenue Northwest, a shortcut beneath Interstate 90, and the city plans to start counting the number of vehicles using the undercrossing as early as next month.

The undercrossing opened to traffic in mid-December after the city resolved legal challenges and concerns about the potential impact on the environment. Mayor Ava Frisinger, flanked by the crown-and-robe-clad King and Queen of Issaquah, Nathan Perea and Renee Zimmerman, snipped the ribbon on the road during a Jan. 11 ceremony.

Construction on the undercrossing started last May. Read more

Issaquah schools delay Wednesday start time

January 12, 2011

NEW — 7 a.m. Jan. 12, 2011

Issaquah School District schools open one hour later Wednesday due to the slushy mess on local roadways.

The schools operate on a regular Wednesday schedule otherwise.

City road crews toiled throughout the night to clear roads as snowfall transitioned to rainfall.

Expect rain and temperatures in the 40s Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Allied Waste and Waste Management said garbage collection might be late for some customers in Issaquah and nearby Wednesday due to road conditions.

Allied Waste provides trash service in the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

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Crews prepare to tackle snow on Issaquah streets

January 11, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011

City road crews remain on standby as snow continues to fall in Issaquah.

Roads remain open in the city, but Public Works Operations crews plan to clear priority routes if the need arises. Motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

If drivers must abandon vehicles along Issaquah streets, park clear of travel lanes to allow snow equipment to pass.

The city tows vehicles left abandoned in travel lanes. Call the Issaquah Police Department nonemergency line, 837-3200, to locate vehicles after a snowstorm.

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City unveils real-time traffic cameras

January 11, 2011

Motorists curious about congestion along Northwest Gilman Boulevard or morning traffic along Front Street South near Issaquah High School can receive real-time information from a system of traffic cameras throughout Issaquah.

The city launched a traffic camera website Dec. 28. The site includes information from cameras at 26 intersections citywide. Read more

Issaquah braces for Tuesday afternoon snowstorm

January 11, 2011

NEW — 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2011

Snow is forecast to start falling after 4 p.m. Tuesday — just in time for the afternoon commute.

National Weather Service forecasters said the Issaquah area could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday night. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Residents should also brace for strong winds, including gusts up to 39 mph.

The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Meteorologists said the temperature and the snow level should rise Wednesday. Expect rainy conditions for the rest of the day and Wednesday night.

Issaquah School District schools operate on a modified schedule Tuesday to prepare for the storm.

In the meantime, motorists can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on real-time traffic cameras installed throughout Issaquah.

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