Issaquah schools to start late Tuesday due to slushy roads

December 18, 2012

NEW — 6:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 2012

Issaquah School District campuses plan to open two hours later than usual Tuesday, as district administrators responded to slushy conditions throughout the area.

The snow route travel conditions mean the district cancelled several programs at all Issaquah schools, such as before-school activities, including school-age care, Headstart, morning and afternoon preschool, morning and afternoon kindergarten, and out-of-district routes. The district said full-day kindergarten starts two hour late.

Other programs continue as regularly scheduled. Changes to field trips and after-school activities get determined by each school. Check with schools for decisions about field trips and after-school activities.

The district is also operating school buses on snow routes, and some bus stops should shift. Check the district’s emergency transportation brochure for more information.

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Issaquah, King County road crews start snow watch as mercury dips

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.

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King County Metro Transit urges riders to prepare for snow

December 17, 2012

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2012

Snow is in the forecast overnight and into the morning commute Tuesday, so King County Metro Transit is reminding bus riders to plan ahead for getting around during winter weather — especially since many changes occurred on bus routes earlier in the fall.

Though major snow accumulation is not expected, riders should plan ahead, because minor snow and icy conditions could delay buses. The mass transit agency offers tool to help riders stay informed during inclement conditions. If necessary, Metro Transit can reroute buses around closed roads, add chains to bus tires or switch to snow routes.

Metro Transit riders can receive up-to-date information about route changes at the Transit Alerts website, http://1.usa.gov/5c064v.

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National Weather Service sets winter storm watch amid wind warning

December 17, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 17, 2012

Issaquah is under a winter storm watch, as high winds continue to batter Western Washington and more snow is forecast to fall in the mountains.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle issued a winter storm watch for much of Western Washington from Monday evening through Tuesday evening. The watch means favorable conditions exist for winter weather.

Meteorologists said a Puget Sound convergence zone should develop later Monday and persist through at least Tuesday morning. Precipitation through Tuesday morning could likely come as snow.

In Issaquah, rain is expected to turn to snow after 10 p.m. Monday. The snow level is expected to drop from 700 feet to 200 feet. Snow accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

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National Weather Service issues high wind watch

December 15, 2012

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2012

Meteorologists placed Issaquah and much of Western Washington under a high wind watch Saturday, as a strong low pressure system created the potential for strong gusts from late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

The system is expected to develop off the Washington coast Sunday, and the latest computer models from the National Weather Service indicate the low center should move onto the coast early Monday. The system’s exact track remains uncertain, but at least a portion of Western Washington is expected to experience high winds.

Forecasters predicted southwest winds rising to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.

Meteorologists issue a high wind watch when the potential exists for a damaging wind event. Strong winds can topple trees, down power lines and damage structures.

Crews gird for snow removal before flakes start to fall

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.

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State serves Thanksgiving travel tips to motorists

November 20, 2012

Before the feast, Thanksgiving launches the holiday travel season.

The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out during the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving weekend typically ranks among the busiest periods all year for Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass.

In the Puget Sound area, Interstate 5 and I-90 express lanes operate on a weekend schedule Nov. 22, Thanksgiving.

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Soggy conditions could cause street flooding

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.

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Meteorologists forecast blustery, soggy Thanksgiving

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.

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State serves Thanksgiving travel advice to motorists

November 19, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 19, 2012

Before the feast, Thanksgiving launches the holiday travel season.

The state Department of Transportation is offering numerous travel information tools for motorists headed out during the holiday weekend.

Travelers planning to hit state highways can find information on the Department of Transportation website about the times and places drivers can expect to experience Thanksgiving weekend delays, including U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and Interstate 5 at the Canadian border, and between Olympia and Tacoma.

Thanksgiving weekend is typically ranks among busiest period all year for I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass.

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