Sovath Sim shovels snow from his driveway in Auburn between storms. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Sovath Sim shovels snow from his driveway in Auburn between storms. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Snow gives way to rain

Schools and colleges to remain closed Tuesday; warmer, wet weather forecast

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:20am
  • News

Snow continues to turn to rain as Auburn begins to shed a heavy, white blanket.

Precipitation in Auburn was changing from snow to rain to a snow mix across the area after another storm front moved in Monday, bringing more snow.

As snow on roadways turns to slush and standing water, drivers are urged to travel with caution. While the snow may experience some melting, overnight freezing temperatures could create icier roads or heavier slush that can be difficult to drive on, city officials warned.

The main concern is that the snow is very wet and heavy and has led to a high threat of tree damage, power outages, snow sliding off roofs, and even roof collapse, city officials said.

Street crews will continue working 24/7 to plow and sand priority routes and secondary routes.

All city of Auburn facilities will be open and fully operational Tuesday.

King County District Court will open at 1 p.m. Tuesday. This includes the Auburn court.

Auburn schools, and Green River and Highline colleges are closed Tuesday.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup service has been canceled Tuesday. Customers will not be charged for extra collection when collections resume. Please move containers off the street until your next scheduled pickup day. Visit the city’s Solid Waste and Recycling page for more information.

Waste Management will have a dropoff for garbage and recycling at its Auburn office parking area, at 701 Second St. NW from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for customers who can travel to the site. Visit wmnorthwest.com for more details.

Due to hazardous road conditions, Republic Services will not be running any routes Tuesday. Visit the Republic Services website for more information

There were delays or cancellations on numerous transit and flight schedules. Check with local transit agencies for the latest schedules. (King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, Sea-Tac International Airport).

National Weather Service forecast:

• Tuesday: Breezy. Rain and snow in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Snow level near 500 feet. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs near 40. South wind 15 to 25 mph.

• Tuesday night: Rain showers likely in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Snow level near 500 feet. No snow accumulation. Lows in the lower to mid-30s. South wind 10 to 20 mph in the evening becoming light.

• Wednesday: Breezy. Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow showers in the morning. Snow level near 500 feet. Highs near 40. North wind 15 to 25 mph.

• Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the 20s to lower 30s. North wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph becoming east to 10 mph after midnight.

• Thursday: Partly sunny with a chance of snow in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs near 40. North wind to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

• Thursday night: Breezy. Rain at times. Lows in the lower to mid-30s.

• Friday: Rain showers likely. Highs in the lower to mid-40s.

• Friday night: Cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower to mid-30s

City resources

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

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