Under the weather: Thawing finally begins as we head into new year

Welcome to Alaska…I mean, Western Washington. Anyone else out there still defrosting from those cold temperatures? More on that in a moment. Last week I mentioned the slight possibility of a white Christmas. As expected, we didn’t quite get the white Christmas many desired—we just missed it by about 24 hours. Snow fell in the…

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…

Under the weather: Soggy Saturday expected this weekend but otherwise mostly dry

It’s the weekend before Christmas, and all across the Pacific Northwest, not a creature was dry—not even a guest. OK, maybe I should stick to forecasting and let the professionals handle the poem-writing. However, there’s some truth to my lovely poem. It’s definitely felt like the rain hasn’t let up much in the past several…

Under the weather: Wet and windy December weekend coming

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only a little over two weeks away. For those of you who are still in the process of buying and wrapping gifts, it’s getting close to crunch time! Most weekends in December are occupied by people doing shopping or attending holiday parties. Whether you’re attending an ugly…

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.