Winter weather

Winter Weather
8:47 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Snowy Wednesday morning for some commuters

This Everett area photo is from a WSDOT camera, taken shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
WSDOT

Snow greeted some Puget Sound communities this morning, making for a slippery commute.  Buses in Snohomish County skidded on freeway ramps, according to The Seattle Times.

At least two Community Transit buses were stuck along Interstate 5 entrance ramps south of Everett about 7 a.m. Wednesday as snow slickened road surfaces, according to the State Patrol.

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News Roundup
7:39 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

A road sign down near Stanwood in Snohomish County.
Twitpic/KING5unit9

Overnight storm knocks out power to tens of thousands, flooding rivers are receding, video of a water rescue near Everett, and rail commuters get a reprieve.

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Winter Weather
7:08 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Seattle preparing for next snowstorm

A man steps lightly on the compact ice and snow that settled on Seattle's streets during the November 22, 2010 snow storm. This is University Street in the First Hill neighborhood.
Gary Davis/KPLU

You may be drying out from the weekend rain storms. But city officials in Seattle are thinking about snow.  They’re learning lessons from the snowstorm in November that turned roads into ice rinks and made for paralyzing commutes.

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Pineapple Express
5:50 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Landslide risk high, state asks public's help

This Twitter-shared photo is of trees downed by a mudslide along the Burke Gilman trail in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Lake City, Monday, Dec 13, 2010.
Twitpic/JonRepp

The heavy rains dumped by the Pineapple Express have caused so many landslides, the state is asking your help in keeping track of them. 

The National Weather Service reports 29 major landslides since Friday. 

Washington's Department of Natural Resources reports the slides have damaged roads, houses, and power lines across western Washington, and portions of the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle. 

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Pineapple Express
8:21 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Monday morning headlines

Flooding near Granite Falls, Snohomish County, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Most rivers are receding today, but officials are keeping an eye on the Snohomish River, which will crest at near record levels Monday.
Twitpic/PeterM_KOMO

Floods and mudslides follow heavy rains, commuters can expect delays, and Seattle counts the landslides.

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Pineapple Express
8:01 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Record rains flood western Washington rivers

Flooding along the Stillaguamish River near Arlington, in Snohomish County.
KOMO TV via YouTube

Record rainfall in the Pacific Northwest has triggered mudslides and caused record flooding along some Western Washington rivers.  As many rivers recede this morning, some are still cresting, including the Snohomish River, where water levels are expected to remain above flood stage through Tuesday.

The Herald of Everett reports the Snohomish is being fed by the flooding Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers:

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News Roundup
6:33 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

An Amtrak Cascades train pulls into Seattle in this AP file photo. A federal diversion of transportation funds aimed at high-speed rail projects are giving a big boost to Washington State.
AP

Rains expected to cause flooding, high-speed rail in Washington gets a windfall, lawmakers convene for a day. 

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Disaster Preparedness
7:53 am
Fri December 3, 2010

It's landslide season

The Perkins Lane landslide on Seattle's Magnolia Bluff, 1996
Washington Department of Ecology

Forecasters have been warning of a wet and snowy La Niña winter in the Northwest.  More than five inches of precipitation fell at SeaTac airport last month.  Wet weather means an increased risk of landslides in the Puget Sound region.  Are you prepared?

The City of Seattle is holding a landslide awareness meeting.

When: Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Winter Weather
2:48 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Skiers and snowboarders digging all the snow

The sunny slopes of Stevens Pass ski area on Wed. Dec. 1, 2010. The Herald of Everett spoke with happy snow lovers and brought along their HD video camera.
Herald of Everett via YouTube

Maybe you don't ski or snowboard, or even particularly like the snow. But there's so much enjoyment from watching the beautiful images captured by Herald of Everett reporters on Wednesday.  It was opening day at Stevens Pass.

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News Roundup
5:50 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

This motorist was stranded on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle last Monday during the snowstorm that paralyzed area roads. The state has a new plan to ease the jams during snow and ice storms.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

A new plan to deal with traffic-jamming snow and ice on the roads, A Fort Lewis-based soldier gets a court martial plea deal, no special session agreement - yet, and Grammy nods for Northwest bands.

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News Roundup
7:03 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Tacoma's Old City Hall (with the iconic clock tower) is 117 years old. Can it survive financial woes and a recent water pipe break that flooded parts of the structure? Some city officials are deeply worried the city could lose a landmark.
AP (Ted S. Warren)

Worries over Tacoma's historic Old City Hall,  over state pension funds, and a big snowstorm in the Cascades and eastern Washington.

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Winter Weather
9:36 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

After the thaw, will added shelter sites remain open to homeless?

Will Seattle's added severe-weather shelters remain open to the homeless once the ice melts? This man lives on the streets of Belltown.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to give way to rain and highs near 40 degrees Thanksgiving Day. In Seattle, the city’s severe-weather shelters have been offering the homeless a warm place to spend the night. But what happens when it thaws? 

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Storm Aftermath
8:43 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Power restored to thousands; some must wait

Crews work to fix downed power lines in Kitsap County on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. This photo was shared on Twitter.
Twitter/@PeterM_KOMO

The lights are back on for thousands of Puget Sound Energy customers this evening. The largest outage area, Kitsap County, saw power restored to all but 13,000. PSE expects many of them to be back online before midnight Wednesday. 

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News Roundup
6:34 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Madie Baker's snowball disintegrates as she throws it at a friend in a downtown park Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle.
AP photo/Elaine Thompson

Power outages continue for thousands, Seattle Mayor wants snow response review, and a dedication to the memory of the fallen Lakewood police officers.

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Winter Weather
4:40 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Roads still slow-going for Metro

Abandoned cars on normally busy I-5 near Boeing Field in Seattle. Backups here lasted 9 hours or more for commuters.
WSDOT

Our icy roads continue to make for reduced Metro bus services. Snow routes will be observed again Wednesday, as the agency copes with tough driving conditions and the cold temperatures keeping the ice frozen solid.

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