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December 18, 2012 at 5:45 AM
UPDATE: 7:35 a.m. | Parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season, including communities east, south and north of Seattle.
While the snowfall amounted to little more than a dusting in most areas, some outlying spots had significant snow on the ground this morning. In Pierce County, Bonney Lake had 2 ½ inches and Eatonville, at 700 feet in elevation, reported 5 inches of snow, said Steve Reedy of the National Weather Service.
About 2 inches of snow was reported in Enumclaw in the Cascade foothills.
Most highways and major roads were bare and wet by the time of this morning’s commute.
Reedy, who drove to Seattle in from Mukilteo Tuesday morning, said he saw “light snow flurries, ” but more of a rain-snow mix, along the way.
More than 20 school districts in the area made adjustments ranging from altering bus schedules to starting two hours later or cancelling classes to due to the snow. You can find the details at schoolreport.org.
Reedy said the light snow accumulations this morning will be short-lived but more showers are possible tomorrow with a chance of high winds in places.
Heavy snow fell in the mountains, and more is expected. At 8 a.m., chains were required on all vehicles without all-wheel drive on both Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes, and it was snowing on both passes. Accumulations of 1 to 3 feet are likely in the Cascades by Thursday morning, making driving through the passes difficult.
In Eastern Washington, the National Weather Service says scattered snow showers Tuesday will be followed by heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday. Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected north of Highway 2. In the Spokane area, 3 to 5 inches are possible by Wednesday night with another 1 to 3 inches possible Thursday.
Material from the Associated Press is included in this report.
December 17, 2012 at 5:48 AM
The Associated Press
The strongest storm of the season so far in Washington has brought high winds, heavy mountain snow and power outages in south King and Thurston counties.
Wind gusts early this morning hit 60 mph on the coast and 55 mph in the south Puget Sound area, said meteorologist Ted Buehner in Seattle.
Winds of 35 mph and heavy snow are creating blizzard-like conditions in the Cascades. Snow accumulations from the storm that started Sunday are likely to total 2 to 3 feet by tomorrow morning.
The strong winds knocked out power for about 8,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in south King County and Thurston County.
Spokeswoman Julia Hughes says the outages in the area including Auburn, Federal Way and Olympia.
The Bellevue-based utility has dispatched 100 crews and hopes to have customers back on line later Monday, depending on the extent of the damage.
Seattle City Light encourages people to prepare for power outages. If you experience an outage, call 206-684-7400 to report it. You can all go to City Light’s System Status Map or its mobile site for outage information. Additional preparedness tips are available at the Take Winter by Storm site.
Be aware that if sustained winds reach 40 miles per hours for one minute, the 520 bridge could be closed due to the danger it would pose.
Things are expected to get colder in the area, dropping the snow level under 1,000 feet today night and that could leave snow on the higher hills in the Puget Sound area.
Snow is already on the ground in parts of Eastern Washington, including Spokane, where another inch or two is forecast Monday.
Portions of this report were provided by KING5 News.
May 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM
The Associated Press
Washington Transportation Department crews are hard at work trying to re-open the Cascade mountain passes that are closed by winter snow and avalanche danger.
Like last year, this was another winter of above-average snow in the Cascades
The department says crews hope to reopen the Cayuse Pass on Tuesday, the North Cascades Highway on May 10, and Chinook Pass by May 25 for Memorial Day weekend.
March 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM
The Associated Press
Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for the Cascades for today and tomorrow that could bring a lot of snow to the mountains.
Snoqualmie and Stevens passes could see 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow by Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected above 4,500 feet in the Cascades.
Forecasters also expect snow Wednesday along the Hood Canal, the east slopes of the Cascades and the mountains of Eastern Washington.
The Weather Service says the pattern of cool showery weather is likely to continue in Washington for the rest of winter, at least.
Spring starts on Tuesday — on the calendar, anyway.
November 15, 2011 at 7:25 AM
Weather: Did you have to scrape ice off your windshield this morning? Some of us did. We said yesterday it was going to be sunny today, and we’re sticking by that. But, uh, there’s still a chance of light rain around 4 p.m. The details.
Traffic: The maps and the cams.
We’d sure like to know more about the woman who was shot 15 years ago and just died of her injuries last week.
You know the season has changed when Snoqualmie, Chinook and Cayuse passes are all closed at the same time, as they were yesterday. Though Snoqualmie Pass was closed only briefly.
Even the tiny town of Forks got into the Occupy movement. (The Peninsula Daily News)
International students make up nearly 1 in 5 freshman at the University of Washington, according to the story by higher-ed reporter Katherine Long.
Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to appoint a new Supreme Court justice today to replace Gerry Alexander, who retires at year’s end.
This story on the missing Bellevue boy, Sky Metalwala, has a new and certainly curious element. Police say their investigation includes looking at social-media websites for clues. From our story today:
Among them is a dating website on which (the boy’s mother, Julia) Biryukova reportedly created an account. The site,SeekingArrangement.com, bills itself as “the largest dating website for those seeking mutually beneficial arrangements — i.e., a relationship between a Sugar Daddy or Sugar Mommy, and a Sugar Baby.”
A sign of economic times or just some real jerks: Brass plaques stolen from graves of veterans (King 5)
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
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