Meteorologists forecast snow for Newcastle in days ahead

February 22, 2011

By Staff

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UPDATED — 8:20 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011

Snow is on the way.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle issued a winter storm warning for Western Washington through 10 a.m. Thursday.

Meteorologists predicted 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation in Newcastle during the daytime Wednesday. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent. The temperature is expected to reach 35 degrees.

The mercury is expected to drop to 28 degrees Wednesday night. Meteorologists predicted another 1 to 3 inches could accumulate overnight Wednesday in Newcastle and the surrounding area.

The chance of snow continues through Thursday — especially before 4 p.m. — although accumulation is not expected to exceed a half-inch.

King County Road Services Division planners track road conditions for roads in rural and unincorporated areas during inclement conditions.

The Issaquah and Renton school districts are on mid-winter break through Feb. 25.

King County Metro Transit has warned bus riders to prepare for potential problems from the weather. The snowstorm could cause trips to be disrupted, delayed, reduced or operate on snow routing.

Planners urged riders to check the winter weather website before traveling. Updates start at 4 a.m. each day.

The agency also encouraged residents to sign up for Transit Alerts to receive up-to-date information about snow operations.

If buses operate on snow routes, some streets and bus stops may be missed — and delays might occur — due to travel conditions. Metro Transit has updated snow routes from past years, so riders should check the updated routes.

The agency displays the service status of each area on a color-coded snow map:

– Green indicates buses operating on normal routes.

– Yellow indicates some, but not all, routes in the area operating on snow routes.

– Red indicates all bus routes in a designated area operating on snow routes.

Buses do not always run on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. Plus, increased ridership during inclement weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information Office.

Riders should dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays and wear weather-appropriate footwear.

The agency also recommends for riders to head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots, transit facilities or shopping centers, and to wait at the top or bottom of hills, because buses cannot stop for passengers on inclines.

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