More snow expected this week in Mercer Island and King County


The forecasts did not disappoint — about five inches of snow covered the region and Mercer Island over the holiday weekend with a chance of more snow this week, according to the National Weather Service.

High temperatures are not expected to surpass 32 degrees until Thursday (Dec. 30) when a high of 37 degrees is expected. There is a 90 percent chance of snow Thursday with a possibility of 3 to 5 inches, according to the weather service.

This cold snap broke the record for the biggest difference in temperature in a single calendar year in Seattle with a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit on June 28 and a low of 17 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, Dec. 27, according to the National Weather Service Seattle.

The City of Mercer Island reports via its Facebook page: “Please stay off the roads unless travel is necessary. Crews have been working overnight to clear roadways, but the frigid temps mean ice is abundant. If you must travel, drive slowly, leave plenty of space, and respect all closed routes and hills.”

The city also reports that Recology has canceled all residential and commercial collection service for Dec. 27, and that the company will provide information on make-up collections as soon as possible.

Mercer Island weather forecast

Tuesday, Dec. 28: High of 32 degrees, low of 20 degrees.

Wednesday, Dec. 29: High of 30 degrees, low of 23 degrees.

Thursday, Dec. 30: High of 37 degrees, low of 23 degrees. There is a 90 percent chance of snow.

Friday, Dec. 31: High of 32 degrees, low of 21 degrees. Chance of snow before 10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 1: High of 37 degrees, low of 33 degrees. Rain and snow possible.

Sunday, Jan. 2: High of 40 degrees, low of 34 degrees. Rain and snow possible.

Buses etc.

Due to poor road conditions across the county, King County Executive Dow Constantine directed King County Metro to activate its Emergency Snow Network (ESN). The ESN reduces services to about 60 core routes prioritized by local cities, according to King County. The routes serve key areas with high ridership and coordinate with snowplows to ensure the routes are safe. The ESN went into effect at 4 a.m. Monday (Dec. 27) and will remain in operation until road conditions have improved, according to King County.