Public-utility crews were swamped with power outages across the Puget Sound region, dozens of school districts canceled classes and transportation services ran behind schedule due to inclement weather.
A heavy blanket of snow covered the Puget Sound region overnight Monday, prompting dozens of school closures, leaving tens of thousands of customers without power and complicating commutes throughout the day.
And the snow and ice has forced numerous schools to start classes later than usual Tuesday morning, including Seattle Public Schools and Bellevue Public Schools. For more information on upcoming school closures and delays, look here.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said Monday morning that 1 to 4 inches of snow fell across the Seattle metro area overnight. Elsewhere in the Puget Sound region, Everett and Olympia saw 3 to 4 inches of snowfall. Residents of Puyallup reported accumulations of up to 14 inches, the service said.
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The snow tapered off somewhat in the morning, but some areas saw showers into Monday afternoon, NWS meteorologist Gary Schneider said.
Public-utility crews scrambled with various power outages throughout the day, at one point including nearly 90,000 customers, according to Puget Sound Energy. The outages were concentrated outside of Seattle in East King County and Kitsap County, where heavy snowfall damaged power lines, according to the utility.
As of 4 p.m., about 70,000 customers remain without power, the utility reported.
Dozens of school districts across the region canceled Monday classes, including Seattle Public Schools and Bellevue Public Schools. The University of Washington and Seattle University were also closed Monday.
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A 90-mile stretch of Interstate 90 between Ellensburg and North Bend temporarily closed in both directions because of avalanche danger, state Department of Transportation officials said. The roadway reopened Monday afternoon.
In the Seattle-metro area, link light-rail trains ran slightly behind schedule because of inclement weather, Sound Transit officials reported. Several ferries also ran behind schedule. King County Metro Transit shifted buses to snow routes to steer buses away from hills and neighborhood streets.
The Seattle Department of Transportation on Sunday said it planned to apply road salt on priority routes around the city starting around 8 p.m., according to spokesman Norm Mah.
The city of Seattle advised residents to “prepare at home and for hazardous travel conditions.”
On Tuesday, forecasters say, conditions in the Seattle metro area will turn mostly dry, with partly cloudy skies and a high temperature around 40 degrees.
Then, early Wednesday, meteorologists are calling for a slight chance of snow, with little or no accumulation. Rain is likely to follow throughout the day. On Wednesday night, forecasters are expecting a rain tally of .75 inch to 1 inch.