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Category: Cold weather


Auburns opens nighttime cold weather shelter

The city of Auburn and the Auburn Food Bank are opening a severe weather shelter tonight and Tuesday night as a cold front sweeps through Western Washington and nighttime temperatures dip into the low 30s.

The shelter will be located at the memorial building in Veteran’s Memorial Park, 411 E St NE. It will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. both Monday and Tuesday.


As snow piles up, garbage could, too

Slippery residential streets and other roads could prevent garbage trucks from getting to their pickups in some areas today, Pierce County officials say.

Here’s a copy of the county;s news release on the subject:


Feb. 24, 2011

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collections impacted by weather and road conditions

The solid waste collection companies serving unincorporated Pierce County and cities and towns other than Tacoma and Ruston report that weather and road conditions may impact normal operations on Thursday, Feb. 24.

They include:

American Disposal
DM Disposal
Murrey’s Disposal
Lakewood Refuse

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Road crews are sanding and plowing in Tacoma and Pierce County, but be careful out there

Road crews in Tacoma and Pierce County are working overtime to dump sand, lay down rivers of brine and plow snow drifts away on major arterials to keep them passable for commuters, officials said this morning.

Stock snow plow pic from Pierce County roads website

But their best advice: Be careful out there.

Though arterials are being treated to bare-and-wet conditions, county road maintenance manager Bruce Wagner and city spokesman ROb McNair-Huff said drivers should remain cautious on all roadways

Side streets, particularly those with hills or in higher elevations not near the water, are the most dicey, McNair-Hugg said.

Crews working 12-hour shifts concentrate on major roadways first, so residential streets can be still coated with snow and ice. Crews won’t get to those until they’ve got all the main roads handled. And as long as it keeps snowing, that could take some time, McNair Huff said.

Two treacherous streets that were closed overnight in Tacoma have been reopened this morning, but city spokesman Rob McNair Huff said they could be barricaded again if conditions worsen. Those trouble spots are Division between Tacoma Avenue and Stadium Way and South Fourth Street at Stadium Way.

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Snow, cold open severe weather shelter tonight in Kent

The City of Kent will open a severe weather shelter  tonight at Kent Lutheran Church for tonight, Thursday  and Friday  due to predicted dangerously low temperatures and snow.
The Kent Lutheran Church is located at  336 2nd Avenue South. Check-in and registration is at 9 p.m. and the shelter closes at 7 a.m.

Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles, but the church shelter  is also available for single women and men. Separate

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