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2:38 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Amtrak suspends Seattle-Portland run

PORTLAND, Ore. — Amtrak says it's suspending service between Portland and Seattle because of bad weather.

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Winter Storm
11:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Is Seattle full of snow wimps?

Heidi Hunt, right, and Alexis Nasya Prass playfully tumble down a snow-covered hill at the Olympic Sculpture Park near Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

The LA Times ran a story yesterday that accused Seattle of being "snow wimps."  So we decided to take a look at what else people on the Web are saying about Seattle folks in the snow, both from around the country and here in Seattle.

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Winter Storm
9:45 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Fast melt could pose environmental challenges

Brian Scollard takes a break from shoveling outside his house in Bothell. He likes the de-icer Seattle has been using, but isn't sure if it's good for the environment.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and ice is a big danger.

But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer and sprinkle rock salt on the roads when it snows.

It’s not without environmental risks, but officials say they’re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.

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First person
3:45 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

KPLU observations during a snow day in Seattle

The snowman watchman of Westlake Park downtown.
Charla Bear KPLU

KPLU staff share their observations of wandering through the snow storm in Seattle.

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Winter Storm
1:34 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Snow cracks ceiling at PLU swimming pool building

PARKLAND, Wash. — The weight of Wednesday's snow on the roof apparently caused cracks to appear in the ceiling of the building that houses the swimming pool at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland.

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Winter Storm
1:21 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Baby born in stuck elevator at Tacoma hospital

TACOMA, Wash. — A baby was born on an elevator stuck between floors Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Blake Thacker entered the world early at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, just short of the 14th floor.

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Winter Storm
8:41 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State emergency officials activate operations

The state Emergency Management Division activated its operations center at Camp Murray on Wednesday to help deal with the snowstorm.

Spokesman Mark Clemens says cities and counties are handling the situation on their own, and there's been no request for state aid as of 8 a.m.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed January 18, 2012

In snow-weary Alaskan towns, sun and smiles emerge

Jan. 9: An Alaska National Guardsman clears a roof in Cordova.
Spc. Balinda O'Neal Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 6:50 am

"Life is back to normal for two towns deeply buried in snow along Alaska's Prince William Sound," The Associated Press says. "The National Weather Service said Tuesday the weather is supposed to remain clear in both Valdez and Cordova this week."

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Winter Storm
7:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Thousands in Oregon without power as snow turns to rain

An Oregon Department of Transportation employee checks on a crash victim in Beaverton, Ore., on Tuesday.
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Oregon woke up to rain and slush instead of significant snow accumulations on Wednesday, but a storm that moved in overnight left thousands without power.

The winter weather brought 2 to 4 inches of snow to the region overnight, but temperatures warmed and it changed to rain, leaving a slushy mix on roads and trees.

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Winter storm
4:56 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Metro Transit seeks to avoid mistakes of the past

During the last major snow storm in the Seattle area, in 2008,  Metro Transit came in for a lot of criticism. Busses slid out of control on icy streets or got stuck in the snow.

This time, the transit agency has new plans it hopes will result in better bus service. For complete details, go to the King County Metro Transit website.

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