EVERETT — The snow of a blustery Saturday might stick around through the weekend.
Flurries were forecast to continue Saturday evening with a break overnight. Light snow could return Sunday morning but is not expected to accumulate much, meteorologist Carly Kovacik said.
The high temperature was expected to be 37 degrees Sunday and 41 degrees Monday, and temps are expected to rise as the week unfolds. Rain is forecast to move in by Monday morning, ending the snowy winter weather, Kovacik said.
This storm was caused by cold air from Canada and precipitation from the Pacific Ocean.
“We just have to have those specific ingredients,” Kovacik said. “Finally this year, the pattern was conducive for it, and here we are.”
Officials urged people to stay off roads. In Snohomish County, 117 vehicle crashes had occurred within 24 hours, Washington State Patrol trooper Rocky Oliphant said late Saturday.
Another 83 collisions were reported in Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. Of those, no one was seriously injured, he said.
“As long as there is snow on the road, stay home if you can,” he said.
He reminded anyone who has to drive to slow down, steer and brake smoothly, drive in lanes most recently plowed and increase following distance. Those with longer trips are encouraged to pack warm clothes, a blanket, water and snacks, cellphone chargers and tire chains, he said.
Snohomish Health District COVID-19 vaccination sites were closed Saturday. Those who had an appointment were told to check their email to reschedule.
Cold weather shelters are available for those who need a place to stay, with locations in Everett, Lynnwood and Monroe. Youths 12 to 17 who need shelter can call 425-877-5171. Visit www.snohd.org for more information.
Snohomish County Public Works crews began to clear roads Friday night and continued through Saturday. By evening, they had plowed the equivalent of four 500-mile roads. They had spread 375 tons of sand, 782 tons of sand and salt mix, and 15,026 gallons of deicer, according to a news release.
The county reminds people to stay at least 200 feet away from plows and other equipment.
“If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the displaced snow and ice, or sand spray,” the news release said.
In Everett, main arterials such as Broadway, Evergreen Way and West Marine View Drive were the first to be cleared. The city had nine trucks on the road, spokesperson Kathleen Baxter said in an email.
The city reminds people to keep sidewalks free of snow near homes and businesses, as required by city code. Anyone who does not follow the rule may receive a notification from the city. This is an effort to keep walkways safe, according to the city.
Power lines and trees had fallen in eastern parts of the county, closing a few roads, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
About 6,640 homes were without power in that area Saturday morning. By 4:30 p.m., that number had decreased to about 4,380, according to the Snohomish County PUD outage map.
Cameras to view roads and mountain passes around the state are available at www.wsdot.com/traffic.
In Marysville, workers focused on clearing hills and main streets on Saturday. Police officers asked everyone to stay home.
“Read that new book. Take up knitting. Rearrange the silverware drawer. Dust the ceilings,” a tweet from the department said. “Almost anything is a better idea than driving right now.”