Winter Weather
5:59 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home

Main highways and side streets, such as this scene at 1st & Western in Seattle, are the scene of cars scattered across roadways. The quick freeze and ice made make streets impossible to pass today.
Twitpic/@elise81

If you don't have to be on the roads today you're being asked to stay home. State and local transportation officials around western Washington say conditions remain extremely poor, and won't improve much as the region remains in a deep freeze.

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Schools and Snow
9:12 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Seattle, Tacoma schools among those closed Tuesday

Kids will have a 'snow day' in many districts on Tuesday, including Seattle, Everett and Lake Washington schools. This was the scene at a Queen Anne neighborhood P Patch in Seattle on Monday.
Peter Lewis photo

Update 7:00 am

School districts are making Tuesday plans this evening, as snow continues to fall and treacherous roads make driving hazardous. 

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Winter Weather
7:15 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Icy nightmare descends on Monday night's commute

Eastbound 512 traffic near Puyallup takes it very slow late Monday afternoon. Spinouts, slowdowns and frustrations were everywhere around western Washington today.
Justin Steyer/KPLU

Temperatures plummeted quickly Monday evening, freezing wet roads already dusted with snow. It's added up to a nightmare commute for many trying to get home.

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Winter Weather
5:02 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Road departments, Metro use lessons learned from 2008

A Metro bus makes its way up 4th Avenue in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood during Monday's snowstorm, Nov. 22, 2010.
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.

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Traffic
3:26 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain open southbound through evening commute

The Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to keep the I-5 express lanes open in the southbound direction through Tuesday afternoon.

In certain snow and ice conditions WSDOT leaves these lanes open during normally scheduled closures to prevent ice and snow accumulation. Drivers headed in the northbound direction through downtown Seattle should plan accordingly. 

Updated traffic conditions are available on the WSDOT website

Winter Weather
12:51 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues

No one was seriously injured in this Pierce Transit bus accident near the UW Tacoma campus. Twenty were on board when the bus slid down a slick hill near 19th & Jefferson.
Twitpic/@ksymer

Monday's snow is wreaking havoc in Pierce County. The conditions have clogged roads with multiple accidents and spinouts, leaving some commuters stranded and affecting public transit operations.

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Winter Weather
12:18 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Plea to drivers to stay off the roads today

The view from S. 125th & Park on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. As temperatures drop Monday, driving could become quite treacherous.
Justin Steyer/KPLU

The people who get paid to worry about our public roads want you to delay any travel plans for a day or two. State transportation officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads today as a cold and snow system pushes through western Washington today.

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Snow gathers on the umbrella of a 3rd Avenue pedestrian in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood Monday morning. The snow - and threat of more as the morning progresses - has affecteed schools and public transit schedules.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Snowy weather comes to western Washington, grocery workers reach a tentative contract agreement, and Seattle Schools sudden improvement in graduate's college readiness.

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Artscape
5:49 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Jazz program hopes to strike a chord with Seattle kids

Students in the Advanced Ensemble of Seattle Jazz Ed practice under the direction of Clarence Acox every Sunday
Charla Bear

Seattle public schools have some of the best jazz programs in the country.  Student ensembles dominate at national competitions and perform all over the world.  But many kids don’t get to participate because the bands only exist in a few schools.  Now a new program aims to give every middle and high school student in the area an opportunity to learn from renowned jazz teachers. 

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Busines & Labor
5:37 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Tentative deal reached in grocery chain talks

There'll be no Thanksgiving grocery strike at central Puget Sound's large supermarkets.
Gary Davis/KPLU

 Grocery workers and their employers have reached a tentative agreement after lengthy contract talks over the weekend.  This means shoppers no longer have to worry about a pre-Thanksgiving strike at the four big chains: QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons.

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Your Commute
9:47 pm
Sun November 21, 2010

Metro buses on snow routes Monday

King County Metro Transit buses will be running on snow routes starting with Monday morning's service, a precautionary move with the possibility of snow in the forecast.
KingCounty.gov

Metro buses will be running on snow routes Monday. It's a precautionary measure due to the threat of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, warning of possible snow accumulations during the day on Monday of one to three inches from southwest Washington northward, perhaps as far as Seattle and Everett.

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Winter Weather
6:27 pm
Sun November 21, 2010

Deep freeze, snow showers visit western Washington

For most central Puget Sound dwellers, the season's first snow showers were light and didn't create accumulations. This photo was taken in Bellevue on Sunday.
Twitpic/@JerryMoneta

Western Washington is experiencing its coldest temperatures of the season, and it's about to get a lot colder.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state through Monday night. Southwest Washington's interior, through Olympia and perhaps as far north as Seattle, could see snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches through Monday evening. That's when a second cold front is expected. 

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Saving Puget Sound
3:36 pm
Sun November 21, 2010

Cherry Point Reserve Ten Years in the Making

Cherry Point in Whatcom County. In view is a NOAA ocean observation system completed last year.
NOAA photo

There’s a stretch of shoreline north of Bellingham that hosts oil refineries and other heavy industry. It’s also a key feeding ground for salmon, shorebirds and killer whales. The new Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve – a decade in the making – is meant to thread the needle between protecting the environment and safeguarding family wage jobs.


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Budget Woes
5:03 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Magnuson Park fans want to keep old buildings in use

Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park needs repairs. The city plans to phase out its use by 2013.
Seattle.gov

Seattle's Magnuson Park has one of the city's largest spaces to host large events, and it's well used, but it may face closure plans.

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State Budget Crisis
4:31 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily

The union which represents home health workers in Washington is reacting angrily to a move by Governor Chris Gregoire on Friday to cancel several collective bargaining agreements and ordered state employees back to the negotiating table.

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