Nancy and Jim McMurrer did what they could Wednesday to fight the cold in their powerless home in Lake Forest Park.
Blankets and a gas fireplace provided warmth, flashlights and candles brightened the darkness. They could even take a hot shower, Nancy said, albeit a dimly lit one.
The couple lost power Tuesday night along with thousands of other Seattle City Light customers after snow and rain blew into the Seattle area.
Much of the region is in for a second, wetter round of wintry weather.
Generally, Thursday will be drier than Tuesday, said Mary Butwin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Seattle, but the main thing to watch out for Thursday will be the cold.
“It is much colder than we normally see this time of year and even in our cold period of the year, it is on the chilly side,” Butwin said.
Seattle is seeing below-average temperatures, Butwin said, with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s recorded Wednesday and overnight lows that were expected to drop into the upper 20s. The normal high for Nov. 30 is 49 degrees. Thursday will see highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s and possibly some temperatures in the teens in the north, Butwin said.
Forecasters say skies should be partly sunny Thursday afternoon.
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Power outages could be a concern with snow showers adding weight to trees and power lines, but the worst of the wind has gone through, Butwin said.
As of 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, 6,050 Seattle City Light customers were without power in 195 active power outages. As of 5:15 p.m., Puget Sound Energy said 7,119 customers were in the dark because of 140 active power outages., and 8,848 Snohomish County Public Utility District customers were without power as of 5:23 p.m.
The Eastside, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Bothell, Redmond and Issaquah, was under a weather advisory until 4 p.m. Wednesday, with the National Weather Service warning that 7 inches of snow was expected. The service changed its forecast to up to 1 inch on the Eastside.
Snow accumulations between 8 and 24 inches were expected in the mountains and 6 inches forecast above 1,000 feet. Travel will continue to be difficult, especially through the Cascades. Travelers are advised to check pass conditions.
A wind advisory is also in effect for San Juan County, western Whatcom County, western Skagit County and Admiralty Inlet areas, with up to 45 mph winds that could cause more power outages.
Another storm system could bring snow this weekend.
“It’s going to be one of those weeks where the forecast changes frequently,” Butwin said.
The Kent School District announced a two-hour delay Thursday at all schools, as did Shoreline. Several Seattle schools closed Wednesday due to power and heating outages. Find out more here.
Alaska Airlines said Wednesday that it had canceled about 200 flights between Wednesday and midday Thursday, and delayed others, as snow and strong winds continue to cause disruptions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Weather precautions can be an arduous process at an airport, especially a “very congested airport” like Sea-Tac, said Celley Buchanan, vice president of airport operations and customer service at Alaska Airlines, the airport’s largest airline.
It takes 20 to 25 minutes to de-ice a plane, using mechanical brooms and blowers followed by a couple of coats of different fluids that help keep the craft free of ice, frost and snow.
“It is quite time-consuming,” said Buchanan, who urged travelers to check their flight statuses before leaving for the airport. “We need to make sure we don’t have ice in some of the most critical places of the aircraft.”
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