High winds are coming; prepare now for power outages

December 19, 2008

NEW — 12:09 p.m. Dec. 19, 2008

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. This warning upgrades the high wind watch, which had been in effect.

Residents and local officials in the warned area should be prepared for widespread damage and power outages that could last for more than a week.

People need to prepare now for major disruption resulting from this windstorm. Be sure to have enough supplies on hand to last for several days should you be stranded at home. By late Saturday morning, it may be too late to prepare. Read more

Storm strikes Newcastle

December 18, 2008

NEW — 12:12 p.m. Dec. 18, 2008

The snow storm that missed Newcastle Wednesday arrived a day late, closing schools and making driving treacherous.  

The Issaquah School District cancelled classes for Thursday. Go here for more information. 

The Renton School District initially was on a 90-minute delay, but at 8:30 a.m., officials decided to close school and have children return home. Go here for more information.

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Closings, cancellations announced because of forecast

December 17, 2008

NEW — 9:42 a.m. Dec. 17, 2008

Forecasts are predicting snow for Newcastle today.

Issaquah Schools are closed due to snow Dec. 17. Out-of-district transportation is not available. All before and afterschool programs have been cancelled. Go here for more information.

Renton Schools are opening 90 minutes late today. Go here for more information.

Tonight’s Newcastle Planning Commission meeting at 7p.m. will still take place.

Go here for a list of snow plowing routes. Read more

National Weather Service warns of frigid temperatures for area

December 13, 2008

Cold could be dangerous to elderly, children and pets

NEW — 8:38 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

Below is a winter warning from the National Weather Service in Seattle:
THE LONGEST STREAK OF COLD WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER 1990 IS ON THE WAY…WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOWLAND SNOW SHOWERS IS IN THE FORECAST AT TIMES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS…IT IS THE FRIGIDLY COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT WEEK THAT COULD HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON WESTERN WASHINGTON.

AN ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL STREAM INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT AND

SUNDAY…IN THE WAKE OF AN ARCTIC FRONT MOVING SOUTH THROUGH THE
AREA THIS AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING ACROSS
WESTERN WASHINGTON TONIGHT WITH MANY SPOTS DIPPING INTO THE LOWER TO
MID 20S. MOST OF THE REGION WILL REMAIN BELOW FREEZING ON SUNDAY
WITH AFTERNOON HIGHS ONLY IN THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S. IN ADDITION
WINDY CONDITIONS WILL ACCOMPANY THE ARRIVAL OF THE ARCTIC AIR MASS
TONIGHT AND SUNDAY…ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH INTERIOR OF WESTERN
WASHINGTON.

SNOW SHOWERS TONIGHT AND SUNDAY COULD PRODUCE LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF
1 TO 3 INCHES…CREATING SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. ROADWAYS AND
OTHER SURFACES THAT ARE ALREADY WET WILL QUICKLY BECOME ICY AND
DANGEROUS. THE FRIGID WEATHER COULD BURST OUTDOOR PIPES AND ENDANGER
PETS AS WELL. WIND CHILL IS ANOTHER THING THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. IN
THE NORTHWEST INTERIOR THE COMBINATION OF SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES
AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL CREATE APPARENT TEMPERATURES NEAR ZERO
DEGREES FAHRENHEIT…LOW ENOUGH TO CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN.

TEMPERATURES WILL DROP FURTHER ON MONDAY…AS VERY COLD AIR
CONTINUES TO FUNNEL THROUGH THE FRASER RIVER VALLEY OF SOUTHERN
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON. BY MONDAY…DAYTIME
HIGHS WILL GENERALLY REACH ONLY THE 20S WITH NIGHTTIME LOWS IN THE
TEENS OR LOWER. THE COLD AIR MASS WILL SIT OVER THE REGION FOR THE
REST OF THE WEEK…WITH MOST ALL OF WESTERN WASHINGTON REMAINING
NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING EVEN DURING THE DAYTIME. THIS WILL LIKELY BE
THE MOST PROLONGED STREAK OF SUB-FREEZING WEATHER SINCE DECEMBER
1990.

IN ADDITION…A WEATHER SYSTEM ON WEDNESDAY COULD INTERACT WITH THE
STUBBORN COLD AIR MASS TO PRODUCE A RENEWED THREAT OF ACCUMULATING
SNOW ACROSS THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS.

OVER THE MOUNTAINS…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS AND
SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT AND REMAIN VERY COLD FOR MUCH OF THE WEEK
AHEAD. WIND CHILL VALUES OF 20 BELOW ZERO CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES
…WHICH WOULD CAUSE FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN IN ONLY ABOUT 15
MINUTES.

PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR AN UNUSUALLY PROLONGED AND INTENSE PERIOD OF
COLD WINTER WEATHER.


Help keep pets safe in frigid temperatures

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

With freezing temperatures expected, pets need protection from the cold. These tips will help keep pets safe during cold weather:

  • DRESS APPROPRIATELY
    A dog’s coat provides some insulation against the cold, but short-haired dogs may need a coat or sweater for additional warmth while outside.
  • INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY
    Dogs have to work harder to stay warm when exercising outside. Increasing the food supply, particularly protein, will keep them and their fur in tip-top shape.
  • BEWARE OF SEASONAL POISONS
    Coolant and antifreeze can spill in the garage or on the street and are lethal poisons for dogs and cats. A dog’s paws, legs and stomach should be wiped when coming in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice. 
  • OFFER A WARM SLEEPING SPOT
    Providing a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from drafts, will keep dogs and cats feeling comfortable during the cold months. 
  • SAVE A LIFE BY TAPPING ON YOUR HOOD
    Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on the car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.
(Source: The Seattle Humane Society)

Tips to help you and your home survive severe cold

December 13, 2008

NEW — 8:36 p.m. Dec. 13, 2008

When temperatures drop to freezing lows, plumbing problems are very common.  There are many things that homeowners can do to prevent these problems that have the potential to cause severe damage to your home. Read more

Hazen student will meet President Obama during youth program in March

December 9, 2008

NEW — 4:22 p.m. Dec. 9, 2008

A Hazen High School student has been selected to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate Youth Program this March in Washington, D.C.

Lorilyn Roller, 18, is one of two students representing the state at the event. Roller will meet with President Barack Obama, members of his cabinet and senators to learn about public service and government. 

“I’m honored to be representing our state, and especially honored to be meeting our new president and his cabinet,” she said. “It’s an extraordinary experience, one I’ll probably never have again. It’s so exciting.”

Lorilyn Roller

Lorilyn Roller

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Hazen swimmer makes her mark at state meet

December 9, 2008

Lauren Kaufman, a sophomore at Hazen High School, looks up for her time as she finishes third in the 50-yard freestyle and later fifth in the 100-yard freestyle event at the state 3A championship last month at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Photo by Greg Farrar

Lauren Kaufman, a sophomore at Hazen High School, looks up for her time as she finishes third in the 50-yard freestyle and later fifth in the 100-yard freestyle event at the state 3A championship last month at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Photo by Greg Farrar

Lauren Kaufman wasn’t fazed by the swimsuit worn by the Olympic games qualifier in the next lane. The sophomore swimmer at Hazen High School placed third in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class Read more

Bellevue crushes Liberty 35-7

December 9, 2008

 

 

Richard Crespo (29), Liberty senior wide receiver, escapes Bellevue's Taylor Anderson as Jamal Atofau (2) pursues in the first quarter of their Nov. 21 3A state quarterfinal game. Photo by Greg Farrar

Richard Crespo (29), Liberty senior wide receiver, escapes Bellevue

Liberty High School’s magic carpet ride season came to a halt Nov. 22 when the top-ranked Bellevue Wolverines downed the Patriots 35-7 in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

 

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Local gymnasts fare well in Chocolate Classic

December 9, 2008

The Gymnastics East Level 6 girls competed Nov. 9 at the Chocolate Classic in Everett, hosted by Leading Edge Gymnastics. 

Here are the results for the Newcastle girls:

Ages 7-11: 

Ciera Weber, first place. Vault: 9.1, bars: 8.8, beam: 9.175, floor: 8.75, all around:  35.825. 

Laura Suddock, fifth place.  Vault: 8.8, bars: 8.0, beam: 9.175, floor: 8.9, all around:  34.875.

Ages 13 and up:

Tia Riley, 6th place. Vault: 9.0, bars: 7.8, beam: 7.8, floor: 8.55, all around: 33.15.

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