Northwest NEWS

December 21, 1998

Local News

Snow, cold temps hit area

by Woodinville Weekly staff

   Snow and cold temperatures hit Northshore and the Lower Snoqualmie Valley last weekend, and are expected to continue early this week.

   A thin veil of snow, the first real fall of the season, blanketed the area last Saturday morning, making for beautiful sights and a sparkling sunrise Sunday near Duvall.

   The storm caught many by surprise. Partly cloudy skies were gradually obscured Saturday morning as snow flurries moved in. Due to the low temperatures, it was a dry snow, not good for packing snowballs or rolling snow men. At times, with brisk winds blowing and small drifts forming in sheltered areas, it seemed more Midwestern than Northwestern, where the snow tends to be wet and heavy.

   Traffic was slow. One man reported that it took him an hour to get from Redmond to Cottage Lake on his way home Saturday morning. A woman said a neighbor counted 37 cars alongside the road or in the ditch in a two-mile stretch of Woodinville-Duvall Road. Travelers crept along State Route 522 between Paradise Lake Road and Monroe. And state traffic cameras showed long skeins of motorists' head and brake lights in Seattle.