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Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Committee meetings at the Washington State Capitol cancelled for Monday, February 11th

Due to snowy weath­er, the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture will be most­ly closed for busi­ness tomor­row, leg­isla­tive lead­ers have announced. So if you were plan­ning to go down to Olympia for a com­mit­tee meet­ing or to tes­ti­fy on a bill that was due to have a hear­ing… don’t. Stay home instead, and be safe.

“Tomorrow’s hear­ings will be resched­uled as soon as pos­si­ble so that those plan­ning to tes­ti­fy on bills will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do so when trav­el to Olympia is safer,” House Major­i­ty Leader Pat Sul­li­van’s office said in a state­ment.

“Resched­ul­ing details will fol­low. Peo­ple meet­ing indi­vid­u­al­ly with House leg­is­la­tors or staff should call ahead to see if their sched­ules have changed. Besides snow this evening, weath­er ser­vices are fore­cast­ing more snow begin­ning Mon­day after­noon. House lead­er­ship will talk again tomor­row to deter­mine Tuesday’s sched­ule.”

“Due to severe weath­er con­di­tions, the House and Sen­ate are can­cel­ing all com­mit­tee hear­ings on Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 11th,” leg­isla­tive staff said in an announce­ment post­ed to the Leg­is­la­ture’s offi­cial web­site, leg.wa.gov.

“At this point we antic­i­pate return­ing to full oper­a­tions on Tues­day.”

Tonight’s fore­cast calls for snow, snow, and more snow through­out West­ern Wash­ing­ton. The snow threat con­tin­ues through the week, although day­time highs are sup­posed to get clos­er to forty degrees Fahren­heit as the week goes on.

The com­bined cold snap and snow threat is some­thing West­ern Wash­ing­ton rarely sees due to its mild win­ters, which are influ­enced by the Pacif­ic Ocean. Unlike many cities in the Mid­west and on the East Coast, Wash­ing­ton’s topog­ra­phy is rather hilly, which makes trav­el in snowy and icy con­di­tions much more dan­ger­ous.

Con­di­tions in parts of East­ern Wash­ing­ton are even more treach­er­ous. A Wash­ing­ton State Patrol troop­er on Sat­ur­day post­ed a short video depict­ing white­out con­di­tions near the Tri-Cities and describ­ing a pile­up of cars on I‑82.

The bot­tom line: Stay warm, avoid unnec­es­sary trav­el, and be safe!

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One Comment

  1. Cer­tain­ly is cold and snowy out there…

    # by Bill Edmund :: February 11th, 2019 at 10:56 AM