Snow time like Spring time

Mar 27, 2013
Photo by: Paul Archipley The popular Northwest adage, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes,” plays out often in March, such as last Friday when a springtime snowfall dropped 2-3 inches on Mukilteo. The snow forced school delays and may have contributed to the ongoing mudslide problems along Mukilteo’s shoreline, as well as power outages in several neighborhoods.

Mukilteo residents woke up to a winter wonderland Friday, notwithstanding the calendar, which showed it was the third day of Spring.

Between 2-3 inches of snow fell on the area, forcing a two-hour delay for the start of school and minor headaches for motorists heading for work.

Numerous spinouts were reported throughout south Snohomish County, according to a Washington State Patrol spokesman; however, there were no reports of serious injuries.

As quickly as the snow arrived, it nearly as quickly melted away. By mid-morning, most roadways were wet but clear.

However, the wet season’s woes extended for PUD customers, with several power outages reported over the weekend.

One may or may not have been weather-related. According to Mukilteo police, an officer on patrol Friday night saw a transformer blow near the tank farm.

That knocked out power north of 5th Street and into Everett.

Mukilteo firefighters responded but found the transformer fire had gone out, police said.

But more power outages continued on Saturday. According to a PUD spokeswoman, the mudslides that have stopped commuter trains all winter long were also pulling down trees that, in turn, were falling on power lines and knocking out electrical service to several neighborhoods.

Rising temperatures in the near term suggest more springtime snow isn’t likely. However, scattered showers are forecast for today and Thursday, followed by sun and temperatures climbing to the 60s for the weekend.

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