Winter storm blasts Valley

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - A cold blast of rain and snow blew through the Valley last week, reminding residents that the winter season is not too far away.

Although mostly rain fell in the lower elevations last Wednesday, snow snarled traffic on local roads, and wind cut electricity to Fall City.

The Snoqualmie Parkway was closed because three semitrailers lost traction on the steep road, which was slick with ice. Snoqualmie Police Capt. Jim Schaffer said the semitrailers got stuck heading up Snoqualmie Parkway about 8 a.m., when the road became too slick for their trucks to move forward.

Crews worked with sand and shovels to create a drier surface for the trucks' tires and get them moving. The stall backed up traffic to Exit 25 on Interstate 90, but was cleared by 10:45 a.m. and the road reopened.

Puget Sound Energy spokesman Brian Linds said some parts of Fall City lost electricity the day of the storm. Linds estimated about 3,000 customers in the area were without energy most of the day, as PSE crews worked to repair a power line to the station on State Route 203.

Linds said the disruption was caused by a branch falling on a wire sometime before 6 a.m.

Power was restored to Fall City residents between 4 and 6 p.m.

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