Under the weather: Third consecutive dry weekend coming — and a dry week ahead

The month of January is already more than halfway over and compared to the month of December, things have been relatively calm in the weather department. We had the cold start to the month—a continuation of the cold snap after Christmas—followed by a wet atmospheric river event, but apart from those, not much has happened….

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend expected for the second week in a row

The month of January thus far has seen a wide range of weather conditions, from below-average temperatures to above-average temperatures, and from snow to warm winter rain. We’ve seen wind and even a little bit of sun (wow, what a concept!). The big story of this past week was an atmospheric river that impacted the…

Under the weather: Second weekend of 2022 will start wet but finish dry

Happy New Year, everyone! 2021 was quite the year for a variety of reasons (at least it was for me—I got married, after all), but weather-wise, it was definitely an interesting year. Let’s examine some of the data. Take a look at the graph shown below, which depicts the total precipitation accumulation over the course…

Mayor says he’s committed to updating city snow response plan

Following significant snow and extended freezing temperatures during the past week that have challenged the around-the-clock snow-and-ice removal efforts of Edmonds Public Works crews, Mayor Mike Nelson said Monday he is committed to updating the city’s snow response plan. “Our dedicated public works crews have worked day and night plowing snow that has refused to…

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…

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…

Cold weather safety advice 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…

Edmonds Waterfront Center closed for remainder of week

The Edmonds Waterfront Center, which provides programs for local seniors, announced Tuesday that it will be closed the remainder of the week due to freezing weather conditions and safety concerns for staff, volunteers and members, “We plan to resume our  programs on Monday, Jan. 3,” said Waterfront Center CEO Daniel Johnson.  

Safe driving (and walking) tips as cold snap continues

With continued freezing temperatures causing slick roads, and predictions of more snow in the forecast, Edmonds police have some safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians. Police have been busy responding to traffic-related calls, said Acting Assistant Chief Shane Hawley. “On the first day after the snowfall (Sunday), we had 11 reported collisions between 6…

As freezing weather continues, crews working 24/7 to keep Edmonds roads clear

As frigid temperatures continue in the Puget Sound region, City of Edmonds public works employees are busy around the clock to keep the city’s priority travel routes passable. Public works crews “have been running 24/7,” said City Street/Storms Manager Tod Moles, adding that plow trucks, sanders and anti-ice vehicles are being deployed. “We will continue on…

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 Edmonds

The much-anticipated snow arrived overnight in the Puget Sound region, with several inches covering Edmonds as of Sunday morning. A reminder that the City of Edmonds follows these priority snow removal routes, in case you are wondering whether your street is on the schedule. Edmonds police were advising drivers to stay away from 220th Street…

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…