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Josh Davis of Port Angeles clears a foot of snow out of his driveway on Wednesday. Areas near downtown Port Angeles saw more than a foot of snow overnight.
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Snowfall and freezing temperatures have blanketed western Washington this week.

On Tuesday night, areas of Port Angeles received up to two feet of snow. And before that, winds in eastern King County led to the closure of U.S. Highway 2 at Skykomish.

We wanted to hear how residents are dealing with those events, so KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco made some phone calls.

He talked to Noah Glaude, the assistant library director of the North Olympic Library System and Henry Sladek, the mayor of Skykomish.


Snow covers a Seattle sidewalk during the big snow storm of February 2019. Advocates are uring residents to be mindful of their role in clearing sidewalks ahead of a forecast calling for potential "problematic snow."
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Snow flurries have started in many areas around Western Washington, and an Arctic front is on its way to the Puget Sound region.

At this point, not much is expected to stick until later this weekend. But the National Weather Service says the bitter cold certainly will arrive by early next week, along with a real chance of "problematic snow."

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At least three people have died of exposure in the week since an unusual pattern of winter weather began battering Western Washington.

On Monday, officials pointed to exposure deaths as a sign of the dire situation facing the region's homeless population.

Seattle streets are still covered in snow, but KNKX weather expert says we might be near the end of this winter storm.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

We can almost see the light at the end of this snowy tunnel, according to the latest blog post from KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass.

After the Puget Sound region experiences a few more inches of snow throughout Monday, it will see a transition around dinnertime to rain at elevations below 500 feet, roughly. (Last update: 2:50 p.m. Thursday)

A driver navigates icy roads in Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 10, just as another round of snow starts.
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Forecasts show a major winter storm heading for the Puget Sound, just days after a less severe one disrupted traffic, schools and other day-to-day activities Monday. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass predicts the latest system will be “absolutely classic,” with likely extraordinary snowfall. (This story was last updated at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.)

A sign indicates a road closure on Queen Anne Avenue North, at the Galer Street intersection. A snow storm blanketed Western Washington on Monday, causing disruptions across the region.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

A winter storm blanketed Western Washington on Monday with several inches of snow, cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds. A lot of snow fell overnight, particularly from Seattle to Bellingham. And the snow continues to fall in parts of the region. Kirby Cook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, joined Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about the latest weather updates.

A pedestrian walks along a sidewalk as windblown waves crash at high tide Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Seattle. Another winter storm is passing through the Pacific Northwest today and into Friday.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for a winter storm today and tomorrow. Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Seattle, talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what to expect.

Warming Centers Open As Cold Weather Snap Drags On

Feb 21, 2018
Associated Press

Updated at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21 with more shelters

The cold weather is here to stay, at least through the weekend. The National Weather Service says high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s with nighttime lows dipping into the 20s.

Another system late Wednesday and early Thursday and could drop 1 to 2 inches of snow on coastal areas of Washington. Some other areas could see snow flurries, but no accumulations are expected in Seattle.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

After a very windy morning that took out power for about 4,000 people around the Puget Sound region, the strong wind is now moving into British Columbia. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says most of the blowing is done in Washington, yielding to a showery Friday with much warmer temperatures.

At the start of the work week, many offices from Virginia to New York are closed, and road crews are working to clear streets as residents dig themselves out of a blizzard's snowfall. Flight schedules, riddled by cancellations, will likely take days to get back to normal.

They're coping with massive amounts of snow that, despite all the shoveling and plowing, will only start to go away once temperatures rise — something that will happen emphatically Tuesday, when much of the Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic will see melting from temperatures in the 40s.

It's been really cold across much of the nation this week, and the winter weather's expected to continue through the weekend across much of the Midwest and East.

Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp / KPLU News

Northshore School District took a snow day today after seven inches of snow in the Bothell area on Sunday and a few more in the days since. 

Snowplows have been out, so the main roads are mostly clear, but many back roads and cul-de-sacs can be trickier to navigate.

Forecasters say freezing temperatures will be with us through Thanksgiving morning, with the coldest lows of this winterly blast expected tonight. 

Liam Moriarty/KPLU

Nearly two years ago, heavy snow and ice from an unusual mid-December storm and cold snap left roads and sidewalks treacherous for a week or more. Road and transit agencies in Seattle say the hard lessons they learned during the big snowstorm of 2008 are showing up in their response to this snowfall.