County offers weather alerts for Metro Transit

December 31, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 31, 2013

King County Metro Transit reminds riders to plan ahead for how they will get around in winter weather.

By signing up for Metro Transit alerts, riders can receive emails or text messages warning about known significant disruptions to Metro bus service. Riders also can preview specific snow routes and review online tips for winter travel.

When snowy, icy conditions affect travel, Metro buses will go to snow routing as necessary, depending on road conditions in a broad geographic area. All bus routes are assigned into one or more of seven geographic areas within King County. The service status of each area is color coded and displayed on an online snow map.

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Fireplace use is prohibited under regional burn ban

January 14, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

Burning is prohibited in wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves during a regional burn ban issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

The authority issued a burn ban King, Pierce and Snohomish counties until further notice after many areas around Puget Sound reached air pollution levels unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Forecasters expect the cold, dry, and stagnant weather conditions to extend into the week. The agency continues to monitor air quality and weather.

Under a Stage 2 burn ban, no burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts, or pellet stoves. Violators face a $1,000 penalty.

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Crews prepare for wintry conditions as mercury drops

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.

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Chilly temperatures cause cold weather shelters to open

January 10, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013

King County opened severe weather shelters Thursday as the region prepared for a wintry blast — snow and overnight temperatures in the 20s.

The county opened emergency shelters in Auburn, Kent and Renton. Bellevue, Federal Way and Seattle also opened emergency shelters overnight.

The closest facilities to Issaquah include the Sophia Way Eastside Winter Shelter at Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., for women and children from anywhere in King County, and the Congregations for the Homeless Eastside Men’s Shelter at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue.

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Forecasters seek to relieve weather confusion

January 8, 2013

National Weather Service forecasters use the terms advisory, watch and warning to describe how likely flooding or other weather is to occur, how bad the impact could be and when the problems might arise.

But results from surveys, service assessments and feedback indicate many residents do not fully understand the differences between the terms, or how to respond and stay safe.

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How school officials know when to call a snow day

January 1, 2013

All roads come under consideration during winter weather

Issaquah School District buses line up on a snow day. Contributed

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast for a drier-than-normal winter in the Pacific Northwest is good news for local schools, but just in case, Jo Porter and her transportation staff are prepared.

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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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Snow causes few disruptions for Issaquah residents

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.

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Issaquah joins effort to increase access to shelter beds for homeless

December 18, 2012

Just as the mercury started to drop, 135 additional emergency winter shelter beds opened for homeless men and women, thanks in part to funding from Issaquah and other Eastside cities.

Issaquah joined Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish to increase funding for winter shelter. More funding from the United Way of King County allows East King County organizations to add emergency shelter beds.

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Regional winter weather advisory remains in effect

December 18, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 18, 2012

Issaquah and other areas throughout Western Washington remain under a winter weather advisory until noon Tuesday, as snow lingers in the forecast.

National Weather Service meteorologists issue a winter weather advisory for a variety of conditions, such as freezing rain and snow occurring at the same time. Though the conditions pose risks, the advisory means life-threatening winter weather is not expected.

Meteorologists said conditions exist for lowland snow showers as temperatures hover in the 30s and snow levels remain 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.

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