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…

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…

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…

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 blankets Lynnwood

The snow has arrived. Between 2-5 inches of the white stuff blanketed the Puget Sound region overnight. Lynnwood police shared this photo taken eastbound on 188th Street Southwest from 40th to 36th Avenues West Sunday morning, which was closed until City of Lynnwood road crews could plow it. You can see Lynnwood’s snow plow priority…

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…

Hot weather expected later this week, and here are tips for keeping cool

Snohomish County residents are encouraged to be prepared for hotter temperatures starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend. Snohomish County is part of the excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service for much of Washington state. Temperatures are likely to exceed 95 degrees F in parts of the county. These temperatures can become…

Community donations help those without homes beat the heat

Led by Edmonds attorney Jenna Nand, a group of area residents spent their weekend distributing supplies aimed at helping homeless people in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Shoreline beat the heat. According to Nand, the group — including Robert Gariepy and Sabrina Connaughton of Edmonds, Alan Charnley of Shoreline, and Rosamaria Graziani and Shirley Sutton of Lynnwood —…

Looking to beat the heat? Some libraries to serve as cooling centers, Edmonds Waterfront Center open for seniors

With an excessive heat warning in effect for Western Washington Friday-Monday, local organizations are offering resources to beat the heat. For starters, Sno-Isle Libraries said it will be offer some of its air-conditioned community libraries as cooling centers through the unprecedented hot days ahead. Locally on Sunday, community libraries in Lynnwood, 19200 44th Ave. W.,  and Mukilteo,…

Grab your sun hat: ‘Dangerously hot’ weather conditions in forecast Friday-Monday

The National Weather Service Seattle is predicting excessive heat in Western Washington from Friday afternoon through Monday evening, including “dangerously hot” conditions with afternoon highs in the 90s and near 100 possible in some parts of Western Washington Saturday through Monday. The weather service warns that there is the “potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working…

Welcoming our new Weather page sponsor, McDonald McGarry Insurance

We are happy to announce that longtime Edmonds business McDonald McGarry Insurance is sponsoring our Weather page. They’ve been providing “A tradition of quality service since 1954” — the slogan they’ve used in years past and one that is even more relevant today because it truly reflects three generations of the McDonald family business. In…

Lynnwood wakes up to a blanket of snow Saturday

Lynnwood residents woke up Saturday morning to a heavy blanket of snow covering much of the city, prompting local officials to encourage community members to stay off of roads as more snow is in the forecast for the weekend.  According to National Weather Service snowfall data, the east Lynnwood area — as of 7 a.m….

Lynnwood public works crews prepared for snow

With snow in this week’s forecast, City of Lynnwood Public Works crews are preparing to make sure the city’s roads are safe for drivers. Crews stand ready to de-ice, plow and apply sand if needed, said city spokesperson Julie Moore. In the event of snow, city road maintenance crews will prioritize the following services: The…

Strong winds knock down trees, power lines overnight

High winds and rain from Tuesday night’s storm caused mass outages across Snohomish County, leaving many residents without power early Wednesday morning. Roughly 2,100 outages have been reported across Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, with most of the outages reported in or around downtown Edmonds. Early Wednesday morning, PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney said outages countywide…

WSDOT: Enjoy the snow and the outdoors — but don’t park or walk along roadways

Winter’s here and outdoor activity is a good option during a pandemic – so we know why so many people are flocking to the mountains right now. But we’re also seeing some serious safety and access issues with travelers parking and walking along roadways near crowded areas. Winter activities aren’t new, but we’re seeing much…

Snohomish County 2020 Flood Safety Guide now available

With the rainy season underway, Snohomish County Public Works has mailed more than 8,000 copies of its “Flood Safety in Snohomish County” pamphlet to residents who live in or near 100-year-floodplains. The Flood Safety guide is also available online and additional resources are available here. Most significant floods occur in fall and winter and this…

Flooding causes Lynnwood road closures

Heavy rainfall Monday caused widespread flooding across many major roadways in Lynnwood. Flood advisories were issued by the National Weather Service Seattle until 5:45 p.m. for Snohomish and surrounding counties. Roadblocks were put up by the Lynnwood Police Department on 44th Avenue West near the southbound I-5 off-ramp, and northbound was blocked at 209th Street…

Time to prepare for winter driving, WSDOT says

With some early storms already here and full-fledged winter fast approaching, 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….