As lightning strikes, here’s where to report a power outage

As a dramatic thunder and lightning storm — coupled with heavy rain — struck Puget Sound Saturday night, the National Weather Service told our online news partner The Seattle Times that the area saw about 200 lightning strikes over a one-hour period, and also caused some power outages. Community members are encouraged to report power…

Record-breaking heat expected this week

Very warm temperatures are coming to the Puget Sound region by mid-week. Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day — in the mid- to high 80s — according to a report from AccuWeather. Places like Olympia and further south are predicted to see 90 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Kirby Cook told our online…

Weather service: Record-setting temperatures expected later this week

Expect hotter-than-normal temperatures in our area later this seek, the National Weather Service in Seattle says. The weather service is predicting that it will be 20 degrees warmer than normal for early May, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. The hot spell is expected to peak at 82 degrees on Friday, weather service…

Blocked storm drains may cause flooding in MLT — here’s how you can help

After a period of unusually cold weather and heavy snow in February, there is a new risk to consider. As we warm up over the next few days, melting snow, sand and leaves may clog storm drains. Clogged drains can quickly cause residential flooding and lead to unsafe driving conditions. How can this be avoided?…

Not all heroes wear capes — some just have a snow shovel

As the winter storms brought significant snow to the Puget Sound region, some were more prepared than others. Thankfully, many who were ready for the weather were also able to help those in need. We want to hear the stories of those unsung heroes who helped their friends, neighbors or strangers get through the storm…

Closures, power outages in MLT after more snow

A snow-related outage knocked out power to roughly 1,400 customers, including the Town Center area, for a few hours early Monday night after a tree branch hit a power line. Power was out at the Mountlake Terrace Freeway transit station, and Sound Transit said it set up temporary lights in response. As more snow fell…

Waste Management: No trash or recycling collection Monday, Feb. 11

Waste Management, which provides garbage and recycling collection for Mountlake Terrace residents and businesses, said on its website that due to snow and ice condition, there will be no trash or recycling pickup Monday, Feb. 11. Monday customers already missed service a week ago — Feb. 4 — due to snow. The company said it…

Tips for feeding birds in cold weather

A reader asked us to share information about maintaining bird feeders — and especially hummingbird feeders — in cold weather. We posed the questions to our experts, and received this column from Candy Brown, a member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society. Songbirds Provide plenty of dry, nutritious seed. I only feed black oil sunflower seed…

Edmonds Community College announces Monday closure

Edmonds Community College said that “due to continued inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions,” it would be closed Monday, Feb. 11. All classes (including evening and online classes) and activities are canceled.

Emergency cold weather shelter open Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 10-12

The South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 10-12. The shelter opens at 7:15 p.m. at Maple Park Church (60th Avenue West and 176th Street Southwest). Dinner, a warm mat and blanket, and breakfast are provided. Those needing transportation should meet at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., where pickup is…

Cold-weather tips for your pet

As temperatures fall (and so does snow) it is important to remember to keep animal companions safe from the cold. The Lynnwood-based PAWS recommends the following, shared from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, cats can freeze, become lost or stolen or become injured or killed. Outdoor cats…

Waste Management says it has resumed trash pickup in MLT

Updated at 5:30 p.m. with additional details. Waste Management, which provides garbage and recycling collection for Mountlake Terrace residents, said on its website it has resumed trash pickup after being sidelined by snow and ice on the roads earlier this week. According to a message on the company’s website, Waste Management resumed service in Mountlake…

Frozen pipes, icy roads as winter cold snap continues

Updated at 10 p.m. Tuesday with additional information. The Tuesday sunshine began to melt the snow that blanketed Mountlake Terrace Monday, but city officials say residents should still be wary of ice on the ground. And more ice is likely Wednesday after an expected overnight freeze. The Edmonds School District closed all schools Tuesday and…

Edmonds School District, Edmonds CC closed Monday due to snow

Due to snow-related weather conditions, both Edmonds School District schools and Edmonds Community College announced they will be closed Monday, Feb. 4. The school district said that all schools and programs would be closed. Edmonds Community College said it. has canceled all classes, including evening and online classes, and activities. All updates are posted on edcc.edu/alert. Community…

As snow falls, bus commuters advised to be prepared for Monday service delays

South Snohomish County got a dusting of snow Sunday afternoon, and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Monday morning. Community Transit advised bus riders to be prepared for possible service delays Monday due to snow and icy road conditions. The transit agency also advises riders to: Visit www.communitytransit.org and check out the Snow Service…

It’s going to be warm this weekend, weather service says

Even if winter is not officially over, it’s sure going to feel like it this weekend, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. The forecast includes dry weather, sun and highs that are expected to reach into the 60s in some areas of the Puget Sound region and the upper 50s in others. “If…

Did it snow in your neighborhood? Share your photos with us!

Did it snow in your area overnight? Share your Mountlake Terrace snow photos with us by emailing them to mltnewseditor@gmail.com. Let us know who to give photo credit to and an area of town where the photo was taken. We may share them on our website!

National Weather Service: Frigid winds, lowland snow likely this weekend

Western Washington residents should prepare for frigid wind and a chance of snow over the weekend, according to a Thursday report from the National Weather Service. Winds on Friday and Saturday could be strong enough to knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages. Temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the season on…

White Christmas? Share your snow photos with us!

Are you no longer just dreaming of a white Christmas, but living it this year? Share your Mountlake Terrace snow photos with us by emailing them to mltnewseditor@gmail.com. Let us know who to give photo credit to and an area of town where the photo was taken. We may share them on our website!

Cooler weather, rain in the weekend forecast

If you thought it felt like fall on Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) says it’s just getting started. Saturday morning will likely be sunny. After that, rain is expected to move in. A forecast released Friday morning by the NWS shows Saturday’s high at 75 degrees. After that, the high temperature is not expected…

High temperatures expected to continue through weekend, smoke could return

High temperatures are expected to continue all weekend, and smoke may return by early next week, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Thursday. The high climbed to about 80 on Friday and is expected to reach into the mid-80s through most of the holiday weekend. On Monday and Tuesday, the highs could reach…

One year after major windstorm, PUD offers tips for getting through an outage

One year has passed since one of the strongest summer windstorms hit western Washington. Snohomish County PUD is using the occasion to remind customers that storms can strike at any time. During major storms, PUD says no utility can guarantee uninterrupted power, and it could take days or longer to get power restored. Items such as…

Edmonds School District issues winter weather information

According to an Edmonds School District announcement, forecasters are beginning to predict the possibility of snow in the upcoming weeks. Here’s what you need to know if you have a child attending local public schools: If it is necessary to have a late start or close schools due to inclement weather, a decision is made…

Windstorms and power outages: PUD working to reduce down time, improve reliability

In the wake of the most severe windstorms in recent years, Snohomish County PUD says it has stepped up efforts to work with local officials, businesses and citizens to enhance electrical system reliability and shorten outage times. The first big windstorm hit in early December, breaking branches, blowing down trees and causing protracted outages to…