Workers use a snow tractor to clear a road in bucolic Auburn on Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Workers use a snow tractor to clear a road in bucolic Auburn on Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Calm between the storms

Snow covers Auburn; more on the way as another front looms | UPDATES

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:54am
  • News

Auburn, you’re powdered in white.

Another storm front blew into the Puget Sound region late Friday and early Saturday, leaving another thick layer of snow to cover Auburn, its hills and the rest of the Green River Valley.

According to the National Weather Service, Auburn received about 10 inches of snow following the latest storm, with reports of residents, especially those living in Lakeland Hills, getting as much as a foot of it.

All of which made it difficult for city crews to keep up with plowing and servicing roads. Fallen trees and closed streets were common in parts of Auburn.

Crews continue to deploy all six of the city’s snow plow/de-icers trucks plus an additional two sand trucks.

As of midnight Sunday it had been a little more than 30 hours since the first snow flakes fell on Friday. Auburn’s snow plow trucks had logged more than 2,500 miles of plowing, city officials said. That’s more than 400 miles per plow.

Street crews will continue working 24/7 to plow and sand priority routes. Secondary routes may be able to be done in advance of Sunday’s predicted snowfall.

Officials are urging residents to stay home and off the roads if at all possible.

The Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department has closed facilities and programs through the weekend and will re-evaluate on Monday.

The next system is expected to push through Sunday afternoon and continue into early Monday. There could possibly be a brief break early Monday. However, any break won’t last long as a more significant system is expected to arrive Monday morning and continue through Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

And, yes, freezing temperatures will hang around.

Forecast at a glance

• Sunday afternoon: Light snow begins to spread along the coast and Olympic Peninsula.

• Sunday evening: Snow, heavy at times, spreads into the Puget Sound area, mainly south of Mount Vernon.

• Sunday night: Light snow continues early, begins to taper off late overnight hours.

• Monday morning: Brief break in snow (approximately 4-8 a.m.). Next system likely arrives later Monday morning.

• Monday afternoon to early Wednesday: Additional snowfall expected. Uncertainties exist in regards to snow amounts along with a rain/snow mixture.

City resources

Those who must venture out, can check road conditions on the city’s traffic camera wall and view the city’s Snow and Ice Routes Map to see roads that are given priority for plows and sanding. Most bus and transit routes are running on snow schedules as well. Riders will want to check ahead as many routes have been canceled.

Some routes will be delayed due to abandoned cars on some routes.

Street closures will happen throughout the event, drivers should anticipate icy conditions throughout the city for the next several days.

Find the most up-to-date information on:

• City of Auburn Twitter (@auburn_wa)

• City of Auburn: Facebook (@auburnwa)

• City of Auburn website: (auburnwa.gov)

• Auburn Community Radio: AM 1700

Garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up service has been interrupted. Please move containers off the street until your next scheduled pickup day. Visit the city’s Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

Remember to keep your pets inside and to check on your neighbors to ensure everyone’s safety. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

COURTESY GRAPHIC, NWS

COURTESY GRAPHIC, NWS

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