City Hall prepares for snow
December 19, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
NEW — 2:40 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013
The snow is coming, possibly. Residents may see those soft, white flakes falling from the sky late Thursday evening into Friday morning, according to weather reports.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, though how much snow will accumulate, and how long it will stay is uncertain.
The Newcastle Public Works Department is already planning ahead, making sure they’re prepared if the white stuff does come into play.
“We’ve been talking about it all morning,” said Newcastle Public Works Director Mark Rigos.
Staff put GeoMelt, a type of de-icer, on several priority one and two roads this morning, Rigos said, which will decrease the possibility of icy road conditions.
The city’s three snowplows are working and ready to go. Newcastle also has an interlocal agreement with the Coal Creek Utility District for additional snowplow support, just in case of a large snow event.
Public Works staff uses a priority snow map to determine which roads get the most attention. Priority one roads such as Coal Creek Parkway, Newcastle Way and Newcastle Golf Club Road will see snowplows first.
Schools are also on alert for potential snowfall. Newcastle Elementary sent out this email to parents, highlighting snow-route bus stops for certain neighborhoods.
The Renton School District said it will make a decision before 6 a.m. to either close or delay the opening of schools. Friday is already a pre-determined late-start day for Renton students, though, so if a 90-minute snow delay is instituted, students would attend school just as any other late-start Friday.