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Topic: Wasnow

Updates from Sunday and Monday related to the winter storm moving through the Puget Sound region.

January 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Snow brings tenfold increase in car crashes

If you’re looking for proof that icy roads lead to fender benders, consider this: Washington State Patrol troopers responded to about 10 times more car collisions than usual this weekend. In all, troopers filed reports on 553 crashes in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties counties on Saturday and Sunday, according to…

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January 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

More snow falling in Western Washington as new weather system moves across region

A new weather system is moving through Western Washington, dumping snow on most of the region. Ted Buehner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the snowfall was expected to continue throughout the day, with 3 to 7 inches of snow possible on the coast and in the far north, and 1 to 3 inches expected…

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January 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

'An unforgettable experience': International students see, feel and taste first snowfall

Dionne Sihombing of Indonesia, an international student studying media and communications at the Fort Steilacoom campus of Pierce College in Lakewood, emailed us Sunday to describe her first experience with snow in America. She wrote: “My experience with snow is so special because it is the moment I have been longing since years ago. Being under the snow is one…

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January 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Main roads in relatively good shape for morning commute

While most major Puget Sound roadways were wet and bare during the early commute Monday morning, officials cautioned that there are some slick areas — especially on side streets and highway ramps, and on major roads through Everett and Marysville. A bigger concern for drivers may be the afternoon commute and conditions over the next few days, as much more…

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January 16, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Several private schools affected by snow

While public school students get a built-in day off thanks to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, some private schools around Puget Sound have altered schedules today. At least one school, The Goddard School in Issaquah, is closed due to weather. Several others, including Charter College in Bellingham, are starting late or operating without some programs. For…

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January 16, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Unattended candles spark early morning fire on Queen Anne

Some unattended candles sparked a fire that caused about $130,000 in damage and more than 40 people to be evacuated from a Queen Anne apartment building Monday morning, officials said. The fire started at a building near the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Galer Street just before 4 a.m., Seattle Fire Department spokesman…

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January 16, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Morning Memo/Monday: slick roads; bus schedules; altered garbage pickups

Weather: Though not much snow fell on the Seattle area overnight, that’s expected to change — and soon. Meteorologists are predicting snow on and off throughout the day and night, with up to a couple new inches possible, depending on the specific location. The forecast calls for a daytime high of 36, with some morning fog and light wind…

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January 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Update: Most power back on in Capitol Hill

Most power is back on in Capitol Hill after 3,900 Seattle City Light customers spent much of Sunday afternoon without it. City Light spokeswoman Suzanne Hartman said it was unlikely that the outages were directly caused by the snow, but that fallen tree limbs or other snow-related incidences could have caused them. Some told the company…

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