BREAKING NEWS – Today’s closures and winter weather related report

  • Upper Kittitas County Schools closed:
    • Cle Elum Roslyn
    • Thorp
    • Kittitas
    • Easton
  • Athletic directors are either canceling, postponing events or waiting for later in the day to make a decision. Call your local school district to confirm.
  • Easton Fire Department reported this morning a semi jackknifed near MP70. No injuries.
  • Vehicle overturned on Pine Street in Cle Elum 1/5/18 – Jim Fossett photo, copyright NKC Tribune 2018

    This morning a car rolled to its side on Pine Street in Cle Elum. More info later.

  • Chuck Reed, Upper Kittitas County road foreman reports most main arteries are sanded or salted. At 10am his crews were starting on secondary arteries. He advised: Don’t travel if you don’t have to.
National Weather Service Seattle WA
1015 AM PST Fri Jan 5 2018

Cascades of Snohomish and King Counties-
Cascades of Pierce and Lewis Counties-
Including Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass
1015 AM PST Fri Jan 5 2018


* WHAT...Freezing rain occurring. Additional ice accumulations
  of less than a quarter of an inch expected. Total snow and
  sleet accumulations of up 2 inches expected.

* WHERE...Cascade passes of Snohomish, King, and Lewis Counties,
  including Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, and White Pass.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM PST this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...It is estimated that about a tenth of an
  inch of ice has accumulated so far; although, there may be
  local amounts of near a quarter or an inch. Expect the
  freezing rain to change over to regular rain in Snoqualmie
  Pass this afternoon. The freezing rain will likely change over
  to sleet or a mix of sleet and snow in Stevens and White
  Passes later this afternoon. If you plan to travel in the
  Cascade passes today, watch out for ice on the roads.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


Lower Kittitas Valley Winter Weather News:

  • Ellensburg Sch. Dist.: Closed. Ellensburg School District has canceled school for the day. (Earlier notice was for 2 hour delay, but updated to full day closure)

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