County hit by snow, but freezing temperatures expected to stick around

February 5, 2019
Bjorn Burger, 4, gets a tow from his mom Britta Burger on Monday at Skagit Highlands Park.

Skagit County saw 2-6 inches of snowfall overnight Sunday, and the National Weather Service predicts the snow won’t melt for several days.

Kirby Cook, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Seattle office, said it’s unusual that Western Washington sees snow coupled with prolonged freezing temperatures, as are expected here.

“The snow that has already fallen, it’s not going anywhere,” he said.

Drivers should expect icy road conditions for the next several days, he said.

Snowfall stopped by about 1 p.m. Monday, and Cook predicts it may start falling again Thursday.

He said temperatures in the region are expected to stay below freezing until Thursday, with the possible exception of a brief period Tuesday afternoon.

A high wind warning was in effect in the county until 4 p.m. Monday.

Andy Shaw, road operations division manager with county Public Works, said his department had crews out at midnight Sunday plowing, sanding and salting roads.

“We’ve got the upper hand on it now, I’d say,” he said.

Public Works closed Padilla Heights Road after a semi-truck got stuck, but Shaw said the department didn’t have to make any other closures.

He said afternoon sun Monday helped melt some snow buildup, and that — combined with the salting and sanding — was expected to help when temperatures dropped in the evening.

As of 4:40 p.m. Monday, about 421 Puget Sound Energy customers in Skagit County were without power, all near Rockport.

PSE spokesman Andrew Padula said most of the outages were likely caused by the storm, and that crews were working to repair downed lines.

Community Action of Skagit County closed the majority of its offices Monday, including the main office in Mount Vernon and the Skagit Food Distribution Center in Sedro-Woolley.

The East County Resource Center in Concrete remained open, according to Elizabeth Jennings, community engagement manager for Community Action, and the Concrete Community Center was open for lunch.

Five of the county’s seven public school districts were closed Monday, and Anacortes and Concrete School Districts started on a two-hour delay.

Mount Vernon Christian School and Skagit Adventist Academy were also closed for the day.

By early afternoon, the Sedro-Woolley School District announced that school Tuesday would start two hours late.

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