Feb 6, 201704:50 PMBlog

Snow reduces business significantly

Feb 6, 2017 - 04:50 PM

An over-night weather event that brought significant snow accumulation to the South Sound cancelled most all local schools for the day and left companies throughout the region with limited staffing. Even Joint Base Lewis-McChord extended late arrivals to non-critical troops and civilian workers. Parking lots at office buildings resembled a pre-holiday assemblage, when half-day schedules sometimes apply.

Beyond the freeways and major city streets, other roadways looked more like the Great Lakes region in February, with snow covering from 3- to 14-inches or more, depending on the neighborhood. I-90 freeway over Snoqualmie Pass did not open for traffic until after noon, after avalanche control tactics had been completed.

When the sunshine arrived in mid-afternoon, much of the distraction turned to slush. But by then, the day was mostly lost for work productivity, with parents engaged with children at home and in yards making replicas of Frosty the Snowman.

The current weather forecast shows little likelihood of significant additional snow accumulation before dark or in the over-night hours. So employers can hope to start the week fresh on Tuesday.


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