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…

Snow Angels — one neighbor helps another dig out

Char Blankenship of Lynnwood never asked for help, but was more than grateful for it. During the past three and a half years, Blankenship said she has had undergone four medical procedures on her leg. When snow plows clearing the streets of her neighborhood came through, her driveway was covered in 10 inches of snow,…

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…

City urges residents to clear storm drains

As the weather starts to warm, the snow will begin to melt and need a place to drain. The City of Lynnwood notes that it can’t forecast whether the melted snow and ice will cause flooding, but public works staff is preparing for possible flooding, the city said. The National Weather Service is predicting mostly…

No pickup for garbage, recycling customers Monday

If you are a Republic Services or Waste Management customer and had garbage and recycling pickup scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, you will have to wait another week Both Republic and Waste Management Services said they are canceling collection services to all Monday customers on Feb. 11 due to the ice and snow conditions. Monday customers…

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…

As road conditions improve, companies resume trash pick up

  Republic Services and Waste Management, the two companies that serve Lynnwood residents, have resumed trash pickup after being sidelined by snow and ice on the roads earlier this week. According to City of Lynnwood Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher,  the companies resumed service Wednesday, serving customers on their regular pick-up days. In some areas, however,…

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 Lynnwood snow photos with us by emailing them to lynnwoodtodayeditor@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 Lynnwood snow photos with us by emailing them to lynnwoodtodayeditor@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!

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…

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…

South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter open on Sunday

The South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network will be open on Sunday, Dec. 28 for all individuals requiring overnight emergency shelter due to anticipated overnight freezing weather. The shelter network is open to families, women and men. Evening and morning meals will be provided. For those who are in need of overnight sheltering, please meet…

Power out for 1,300 Lynnwood residents

Snohomish County PUD reports that 1,300 Lynnwood homes are without power. Power was restored to 1,900 residents after a tree limb was removed from a power line. Crews are working to restore power as soon as possible. More power outages are possible as weather systems move through the area this week. To report an outage, call…

National Weather Service issues flood watch for Snohomish County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Snohomish County  for Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Heavy rainfall is possible through Wednesday evening. Small streams could rise rapidly and possibly flood. A flood watch means conditions are favorable for flooding but flooding is not imminent or occurring.

Happy snow day! Edmonds School District schools closed

The Edmonds School District announced this morning that all schools are closed due to hazardous road conditions in the northern portion of the Edmonds School District,  This means all after-school activities, all evening events at district buildings (including non-district events) are canceled, the district said. This snow day will be made up. Tuesday, June 17…