Overnight winter storm blankets Snoqualmie Valley, schools closed February 4th

UPDATE | February 4th, 9AM:  The Winter Storm Warning for the East Puget Sound Lowlands was extended until 1PM. Reports of snow totals in the upper Snoqualmie Valley are in the 8 – 10 inch range. It is still snowing in the the Bellevue area. Commuters have reported compact snow and icy roads throughout the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as through Bellevue.

The City of Snoqualmie – which has five snow plows – said they will be out all day and throughout the night plowing and sanding roads. They ask residents to move vehicles and garbage containers off roadways and not sled in roadways. Due to Waste Management not collecting garbage Monday, all collections days will be delayed by one day this week.

North Bend has also had its snow plows – two mid size and one small – working since Sunday night and will continue to work to clear roads.

Sledders at Snoqualmie Community Park’s ‘Kite Hill’ 2/4/19.

ORIGINAL STORY: As the snow continued to fall into the early morning hours of February 4, 2019, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning for the East Puget Sound lowlands, which includes the Snoqualmie Valley.

The warning for heavy snow into Monday morning was issued at 2:20AM and runs through 10AM. NWS predicted 4-8 inches of snow around the area by 7AM, but by midnight areas of North Bend and Snoqualmie had already reported over five inches.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District made the call around 9:30PM Sunday night to delay the start of school on Monday by but by 4:50AM had cancelled school.

At 10PM Sunday, the City of Snoqualmie said it had snow plows out working and asked residents to move cars off of city streets and onto driveways to make plowing more effective and safe.

Traffic cameras show freeways, including I-5, 405, SR 18 and I-90, all covered in snow. Weather forecasters are asking drivers to give themselves extra time for the morning commute.

Snow should taper off by mid-day, but temperatures are only expected to be in the low to mid 30’s around the Snoqualmie Valley on Monday, and stay chilly all week with high temps only expected to reach the low 40’s through Thursday.

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