Thousands left without power Tuesday night

Thousands of Snohomish County PUD customers were without power Tuesday night in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, according to the PUD outage map. There were reports of transformers blowing amid gusty winds and blowing snow but the exact cause of the outages wasn’t immediately available. Customers can check the status of outages and report one…

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain southbound through Wednesday, Nov. 30

The Interstate 5 express lanes in Seattle will remain open in the southbound direction through at least 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. They did switch to northbound on Tuesday, Nov. 29, due to snow. The express lanes are normally reversed each day and closed overnight, but snow and…

Windstorm leaves thousands without power overnight

Thousands of people in Southwest Snohomish County were without power overnight due to a windstorm that toppled trees and blew tree limbs into power lines and poles, a Snohomish County PUD spokesperson said. “We have 14 line crews in the field and another 21 support crews, including tree crews, out in the field this morning…

Plan now for snow and ice season, WSDOT says

While many may be thinking about pumpkins and spiced ciders, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for winter driving. The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter weather. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT…

Health department offers tips for staying cool this week

Hot weather is expected to impact Washington state through Friday of this week, with predicted daytime temperatures in the 90s or over 100 degrees in some places. The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for much of central and eastern Washington, and a Heat Advisory is in effect in western parts of the…

Put your trash out early Wednesday

Waste Management residential drivers will begin an hour early this Wednesday due to the heat, so put your carts out early, the City of Mountlake Terrace said. Waste Management will send notice to impacted customers ahead of time and post the early start to their service alerts page, the city added.

Heat advisory issued for this weekend; cooling centers available

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this weekend that remains in effect from noon on Saturday, June 25 to 11 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Snohomish County’s Public Safety Hub notes that extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, intense and dangerous in the Pacific Northwest. More very hot days are…

With fresh snowfall, crews continue working to keep MLT and area roads clear

City of Mountlake Terrace public works employees continued to stay busy keeping the city’s primary travel routes passable, as fresh snow fell Wednesday night into Thursday and frigid temperatures persisted in the Puget Sound region. Once again, the city’s plows initially focused on maintaining arterials and primary routes before turning their focus to side streets….

I-5 express lanes to remain southbound through Jan. 2

The Interstate 5 express lanes will remain open southbound until Monday, Jan. 3. The Washington State Department of Transportation said Thursday it that decision because of the continuing winter weather conditions. With the cold temperatures, ice and snow can freeze and lock the express lanes gate mechanisms. In the past, attempting to operate the systems…

Health district’s drive-thru testing and vaccination locations closed through Sunday

The Snohomish Health District announced that due to inclement weather, its drive-thru COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations will be closed through the rest of this week. People who had previously scheduled an appointment are advised to watch for the cancelation notification, which will also provide more information. The health district recommended that those with any…

Cold weather safety tips for pets

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your…

As freezing weather continues, crews working to keep MLT and area roads clear

As frigid temperatures continue in the Puget Sound region, City of Mountlake Terrace public works employees are busy keeping the city’s primary travel routes passable. Public Works Director Eric LaFrance said that as of early Monday afternoon, “Priority routes and arterials have been plowed, and they are starting on side streets.” He noted that crews…

Snohomish County crews shift from snowplowing to deicing as temperatures fall

With temperatures expected to fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday night, Snohomish County said its crews are now focusing on deicing operations. The county reported that its road maintenance crews have plowed 10,674 miles, sanded 2,504 miles, and have used more than 600 tons of sand and salt since Christmas morning. With temperatures expected to…

Snow arrives in Mountlake Terrace

The much-anticipated snow arrived overnight in the Puget Sound region, with several inches covering the Mountlake Terrace and Brier areas as of Sunday morning. Here’s information from the City of Mountlake Terrace regarding snow removal priorities for city roadways. Police were advising drivers to stay away from 220th Street Southwest between Highway 99 and Interstate…

With snow in forecast, Sound Transit offers commute preparation tips

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow and ice in Puget Sound over the next several days, which may have an impact on regional transportation. Sound Transit offers the following tips to help you prepare for your commute during these challenging conditions: Be prepared Sign up for text or email Rider Alerts and follow Sound Transit…

With cold weather in forecast, PUD offers energy-saving tips

After Santa’s job is done this holiday season, it’ll be time for your furnace to work overtime heating your home during what promises to be some very cold days. An extreme cold snap is forecast for next week and energy bills generally increase when temperatures drop. This is due to an increase in heating costs…

WSDOT: Time to get ready for winter driving

With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to make plans and prepare for winter driving. That’s according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, which urges all travelers to get themselves and their vehicles ready for winter weather well before they head out. Drivers can visit WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips…

Thousands without power Sunday afternoon

Thousands in South Snohomish County were left without power Sunday afternoon as strong winds and heavy rain hit the area. The Snohomish County PUD outage map reflected numerous outages, including Edmonds, Woodway, Brier, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood. There is no exact ETA for power restoration but more information can be found at here.

South County Fire offers tips to prevent heat-related medical emergencies

South County Fire encourages residents to prepare and take precautions with hot temperatures in the forecast for Snohomish County through Saturday. Record-breaking temperatures in June were accompanied by record-breaking 911 call volumes. “We responded to more than 200 calls in less than 24 hours. That’s more than double our regular daily call volume,” said South…

Snohomish County upgrades burn ban to include recreational fires

Due to high fire danger, Snohomish County said it has upgraded its June 25 outdoor burn ban to a Stage 2 burn ban that includes recreational fires. The upgraded burn ban will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice. This restriction bans all outdoor burning, including recreational fires. Enclosed outdoor cooking appliances…