A pedestrian navigates a slushy sidewalk along Rucker Avenue on Monday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A pedestrian navigates a slushy sidewalk along Rucker Avenue on Monday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Overnight snow, rain close many Snohomish County schools

Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Sultan and Monroe schools closed Monday due to bad road conditions.

EVERETT — Unexpected snow and torrential rain overnight in Snohomish County led to the closure of many schools Monday.

Paine Field in Everett got 1 to 3 inches of snow, while towns along U.S. 2 likely got between 6 and 12 inches, said meteorologist Maddie Kristell of the National Weather Service in Seattle.

The cold and showery pattern is forecast to continue for much of the week. High temperatures are predicted to be in the high 30s to mid 40s, with overnight lows in the 30s. Tuesday night could get back to near freezing.

Eastern Snohomish County was under a winter storm warning until 3 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service then issued a winter weather advisory for 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. Tuesday, saying there could be 1 to 3 more inches of snow in the Cascades. Avalanche danger was high in the Cascades, according to the Northwest Avalanche Center.

The state Department of Transportation completed some avalanche control work at Stevens Pass on Monday morning. But a vehicle without chains spun out, forcing the agency to keep the pass closed longer than desired. Chains were required on all vehicles, except those with all-wheel drive.

People can check mountain conditions and requirements on WSDOT’s website.

In the lowlands, the wet conditions could clog drains and result in ponding on some roads, Kristell said.

She said the slush can be just as slick as the ice.

“I would still treat the roads as fairly hazardous,” Kristell said.

A car sprays water as it drives down Olympic Boulevard on Monday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A car sprays water as it drives down Olympic Boulevard on Monday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The bad road conditions closed many local schools that had been planning to come back from winter break Monday. Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Sultan and Monroe schools were closed.

Many of those districts announced two-hour delays Sunday, but the unanticipated snowfall forced them to close for the day. Everett and Marysville had two-hour delays.

Snohomish County isn’t out of the woods yet. Another weather system from the Gulf of Alaska could bring more precipitation this week, Kristell said. It could be rain or snow, depending on temperatures. It has the chance to bring another 1 to 3 inches of snow, she said, noting that was an early prediction subject to change.

The area probably won’t be seeing much dryness until the weekend.

On top of the slush, the Lake Stevens School District reported low staffing levels in schools and transportation due to COVID-19. The fast-spreading omicron variant has resulted in the highest recorded COVID levels in the county since the pandemic began. From Dec. 19 to Dec. 25, over 2,700 cases were recorded in Snohomish County, hundreds of cases higher than the peaks over the summer.

If class was in session Monday, Lake Stevens schools would have been down 19 teachers, 10 bus drivers and 11 para-educators without any replacements, district spokesperson Jayme Taylor wrote in an email.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Staff are evaluating two more light rail alternatives for the Everett Link extension. One would follow Interstate 5 north of 128th Street SW to the Everett Mall and back to the freeway. Another would go west of 128th Street SW to Highway 99 and north to Casino Road. (Sound Transit)
Snohomish County leaders reject light rail routes bypassing Paine Field

Those options weren’t what voters approved — and would be like “butchering” the plan, the Snohomish County executive said.

A Sound Transit train arrives at Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. (Sue Misao / Herald file) May 2019
Should light rail skip Paine Field and Boeing? We asked, you answered

More than 300 Herald readers responded to an online poll. Here are the results.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Highway 9 work could disrupt travel through Lake Stevens

Construction is set for roundabouts on South Lake Stevens Road and one at North Davies Road and Vernon Road.

Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)
No penalty for Lynnwood council member’s ‘underinformed’ views on racism

The City Council didn’t censure Jim Smith after a report found he discriminated against a Black city employee.

All ears: Mukilteo couple provides surgery for kids born without ears

Dr. Prabhat and Trish Bhama are part of a HUGS volunteer team providing treatment for microtia in Guatemala.

Smoke from the Bolt Creek fire silhouettes a mountain ridge and trees just outside of Index on Sept. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Humans caused Bolt Creek wildfire, authorities say

Specifics about what ignited the flames remained under investigation. Meanwhile, all evacuation orders have been lifted.

FILE - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference the vote to codify Roe v. Wade, in this May 5, 2022 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murray is one of the U.S. Senate's most powerful members and seeking a sixth term. She is being challenged by Tiffany Smiley, a Republican from Pasco, Wash. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Providence continues to face questions about hospital debt collection

The hospital group has pushed back against the notion that Providence “intentionally takes advantage of those who are vulnerable.”

Officers working in North Everett located and arrested the suspect from a June 20 shooting that left two dead and one injured in the 2000 block of Lexington. (Everett Police Department)
Everett triple shooting suspect tied to another homicide

A search warrant points to Shayne Baker, 26, as the suspect in the killing of Scott Pullen at a storage facility in Everett.

(Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
U.S. 2 reopens east of Index as Bolt Creek wildfire moves north

The highway was blocked off earlier this week as the fire spread.

Most Read