Snow: Fun for some, trouble for others

EVERETT — Teresa Bishop woke her daughter, 6-year-old Kiara, before dawn Friday.

“I told her I had a surprise,” Bishop said. “I showed her the snow, and she just screamed.”

After making snow angels at home, the Bishops walked over to Thornton A. Sullivan Park at Silver Lake. They were scouting out the sledding hills.

Kiara piled into a sled with her two teenaged siblings. With the combined weight, the trio didn’t make it far down the hill before getting stuck and yelling, “Mom! Push us!”

Once Kiara’s toes and fingers were cold, the family planned to head home for hot cocoa.

The tiny bit of snow that fell overnight was fun for some and trouble for others. Many local schools and colleges were closed or had delayed starts Friday or alternate bus routes.

Police in several Snohomish County cities spent much of the morning blocking off steep hills and cleaning up spinouts and rollovers. A school bus went into a ditch on Camano Island, but there were no injuries, according to the fire department.

Most areas of the county saw about an inch of snow that quickly turned slushy.

Granite Falls had a couple of inches around town, and roads remained covered in ice during the morning commute. Gold Bar received six inches, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

No new snow is expected to stick in the lowlands over the next few days, and rains are likely to continue. The foothills and mountain passes will see more snow, the Weather Service reported.

The rain and snow is not expected to refreeze on the ground, though some local roads could stay icy in spots on Saturday, said Allen Kam, a Weather Service meteorologist.

Schools were closed Friday in Everett, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Marysville, Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Monroe.

They ran two hours late in Stanwood, Lakewood, Arlington and Index and also in South Whidbey. Sultan and Granite Falls planned regular school days.

Everett Community College opted for a 10 a.m. start, as did the University of Washington Bothell and the Washington State University campus in north Everett. The South Everett/Mukilteo Boys &Girls Club also was closed due to the snow, and Community Transit advised riders to expect 20 minute delays on most buses.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @rikkiking.

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