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Local power outages after nearly 4 inches of rain in six days

March 6th, 2014 by Support Staff

Lights flickering? Yes.

This morning around 144 of our neighbors are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.

That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. Estimated to be fixed around noon.

Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain.

The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.

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Snow drops down into Maple Leaf, Wedgwood this a.m.

March 22nd, 2013 by Support Staff

After staying to the north of us all week, pestering the folks from Everett to Shoreline, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone dropped south around 7:40 this morning. No doubt to celebrate the first week of spring.

It’s snowing steadily at 8:30 a.m. in Maple Leaf. Nothing’s sticking, though. Outside air temperature right at 34 degrees, and the air is still. When I left Wedgwood at 7:50 a.m., it was snowing lightly.

Snow also being reported at the Wedgwood, Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.

Traffic was snarled to the north earlier this morning, and several main highways were closed during the past 12 hours or so.

From the forecast discussion issued around 3 a.m.:

THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE BELOW 1000 FT AGAIN EARLY THIS MORNING WITH
SHOWERS FALLING LOCALLY AS SNOW OVER THE LOWLANDS. PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS IN THE CONVERGENCE ZONE MIGHT BE UP TO 0.20 INCH TODAY...
WHICH WILL RESULT IN LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OF SNOW. THERE
WILL LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION ELSEWHERE

Below, Interstate 5 at the Everett Mall earlier this morning:

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A white Christmas here after all?

December 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Sue might get her Christmas wish.

Unexpectedly, this morning’s National Weather Service forecast calls for the possibility of something close to an inch of snow locally on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day on Tuesday.

The snow would melt by the afternoon, but still.

From the forecast discussion:

A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE REGION ON CHRISTMAS FOR MORE RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS. THIS SYSTEM BEARS WATCHING AS IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ON PARTS OF THE HOOD CANAL AREA AND KITSAP PENINSULA. THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE FAIRLY LOW…SO THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THE PRECIP COULD START OUT AS SNOW OR A RAIN/SNOW MIX ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE LOWLANDS.

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Tonight’s winds forecast to be higher than expected

January 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Update Monday Jan.23: Winds overnight didn’t even ready half that speed BUT there’s a lot of black ice in the neighborhoods this a.m. Drive carefully!

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Shortly after 2:30 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a new wind advisory that’s in effect until 10 p.m. increasing today’s predicted wind gusts to 45 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…EVERETT…SEATTLE…TACOMA.

* TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE EARLY THIS EVENING.

* WIND…SOUTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS THIS STRONG CAN SNAP SMALL BRANCHES AND CAUSE

LOCAL POWER OUTAGES. TREES THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY THE

RECENT ICE STORM MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO LOSING LARGE BRANCHES.

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Ice storm warning in effect now – travel “severely impacted”

January 19th, 2012 by Support Staff

3 p.m.: 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on top of the ice today, for a total storm total topping 7 inches.

City urges residents to get home before dark.

2 p.m.: National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory until 4 a.m. Friday.

Noon: We now have a half-inch of new snow atop the ice atop the old snow.

Cliff Mass has posted: “Well folks, this is not my profession’s finest hour.”

9:30 a.m.: The neighborhoods have a quarter-inch of ice on top of a half-foot of old snow. And it’s now snowing steadily.

Icy tree limbs over power lines.

7:50 a.m.: One Sea-Tac runway now open. But massive delays.

5:45 a.m. The three runways at Sea-Tac airport are closed because of the icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon 2 p.m.:

ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN

INCH THIS MORNING.

MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL WILL BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE

LIKELY.

Seattle Public Libraries are closed today due to the extreme weather conditions.

Metro continues on weather routes. Check this site for changes to your bus route.

See snow plow routes here.

Live traffic cams here.

Garbage collection has been postponed by at least a day.

From Cliff Mass this morning: “Over the past day and particularly this morning, something relatively unusual and, quite frankly, dangerous is going on outside–a freezing rain/sleet storm.”

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Metro operating on snow routes until further notice

January 16th, 2012 by Support Staff

King County Metro Transit is operating all bus routes on designated snow routes until further notice.

From Metro:

If your bus does not have a pre-planned snow route, it will operate its regular route, however service may be delayed due to weather and road conditions. Transit customers are advised to wait for buses at posted bus stops on flat portions of cleared arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers where there may be multiple service options.

It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location, or to provide service updates at the individual trip or stop level.

Use regularly published timetables as a guide, check Metro’s online snow page for route updates, be aware of conditions in your area and be prepared for delays.

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Short-term forecast warns of lightning, thunderstorms, wind

November 11th, 2011 by Support Staff

At 11:20 this morning the National Weather Service issued a short-term forecast saying that today’s cold front is bringing rain and lightning strikes just to the north of us, and moving southwest. Hail and gusty winds to 45 mph are possible.

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Eggs hunts still on but no baseball jamboree today

April 3rd, 2010 by Kate Bergman

I guess you could call it getting “mudded out.” Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed all of its grass athletic fields today, which means that the North Seattle Baseball Association opening day jamboree (see below) at Lower Summit has been postponed. Bummer.

In addition, all other games and practices on grass fields are canceled but anything planned for a synthetic field is still a go.

And, very importantly, all Easter egg hunts (see below) are still on. Happy hunting.

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