Winter storm warning for Skagit County extended until Wednesday

February 10, 2019
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Kylie Sylvia, 7, slides down a hill Saturday at the Northern State Recreation Area while being chased by Atlas, one of the two family dogs. Skagit County is covered in a blanket of snow, including the Sedro-Woolley area, which has about 6 inches on the ground.

Bundled up head to toe, U.S. Postal Service carrier Sue Wigren made her way along a snow-covered stretch of Sedro-Woolley.

“It’s a challenge,” she said Saturday. “My whole route is walking.”

Wigren said her 8.5-mile route usually takes 8 to 9 hours to complete, but the snow, which fell across Skagit County on Friday, will likely add an extra hour to her work day.

Most areas in Skagit County received 1 to 4 inches of snow, said Jacob DeFlitch, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle, though some parts in east Skagit County received more.

An area southwest of Concrete got 6 inches, the highest reported snowfall in the county, DeFlitch said.

DeFlitch warned temperatures will likely dip into the high teens at night in the days to come as cooler air moves in from the north.

“Any lingering moisture will freeze over and will make for a tricky commute (Sunday) morning,” he said.

A winter storm warning for Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes and Sedro-Woolley has been extended to Wednesday. A high wind warning ends at 4 a.m. Sunday.

There is a 30 percent chance of snow for the four areas Sunday. Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes and Sedro-Woolley could see 1 to 2 inches Monday and around an inch Tuesday.

Concrete is under a winter weather advisory until Wednesday as well, with a 30 percent chance of 1 to 3 inches of snow.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported about 47,000 people were without power in Western Washington. Counties hit hardest were Thurston, Kitsap and Whatcom, as well as Vashon Island.

According to the PSE outage map, 324 customers in Marblemount, 144 customers in Concrete and nine in Rockport were without power as of 2:50 p.m. Saturday.

The recent storm has also brought hazardous conditions to roads.

On mid-Saturday afternoon, State Patrol trooper Heather Axtman said troopers had responded to 73 accidents since 6 a.m. Friday in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties.

The majority of accidents have been one-car spinoffs with no serious injuries, she said.

All roads were open in Skagit County as of Saturday, county spokeswoman Bronlea Mishler said.

She said major roads looked clear, but side roads may be risky.

Public Works crews will be out early Sunday morning to check on the conditions of priority roads, she said.

Many winter shelters in Concrete, Sedro-Woolley, Burlington, Mount Vernon and Anacortes are open during the day and night. A full list can be found at skagitcounty.net.