A winter storm watch has been in effect for a full week, as huge blankets of snow blow across the Puget Sound area and beyond, with more snow, rain and sleet promised to come. The meteorologist-named Winter Storm ‘Maya’ has been dumping snow to rival record-breaking weather and freezing temperatures set over 20 years ago.
Some of the roads were icy and treacherous for those willing to commute to work or head out to run errands, but those who stayed at home enjoyed some fun winter activities, with sledding, snowball fights, snow angels and winter walks.
No widespread power outages have been reported so far, but forecasts calling for sleet or snow and rain mixtures could cause excess pressure on power lines that could knock out power for thousands in the area.
Here are some highlights of the week thus far:
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
For the latest road conditions in Washington state, call 5 1 1.
Tips on staying safe and warm from the National Weather Service:
– Stay indoors during the storm.
– Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
– Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
– Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
– Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
– If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately. You may have frostbite.
– When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads. Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
– Stay dry. Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.