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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bellevue receives 2-6 inches of snow; roads are icy

Alhtough no roads are closed, Bellevue received 2-6 inches of snow, depending on the neighborhood. Combined with temperatures that dropped below freezing, the snowfall resulted in icing on many roadways and extremely difficult driving conditions. Drivers should allow extra time and use extreme caution.

Forecasts call for high temperatures in the low 30’s Thursday, with the potential for an additional 2 inches of snowfall before tapering off in the evening. Temperatures overnight are forecast to drop into the low 20's, and driving conditions will likely continue to be difficult.

Crews have been operating all of the city's plows and sanders round the clock and will continue to work until weather conditions improve. Due to ongoing snowfall, crews have focused on repeated plowing, sanding and de-icing of primary arterials and key commuter routes. They will begin working in the neighborhoods as soon as arterial roadway conditions and the weather allow.

The Extreme Weather Response page offers information about snow response and handy phone numbers, along with a host of safety tips for when the temperature drops. Utilities crews will clear priority arterials and emergency routes first before servicing side streets. snow response priority map

Garbage may not be picked up in bad weather
Allied Waste trucks generally do not run if snow or ice prevent safe collection on neighborhood streets. If your garbage, recycling or yard debris are not collected, take materials back inside.

A double load of garbage, recycling and yard debris will be collected at no additional charge on the next regularly scheduled collection day (a week later). Excess materials due to missed collection can be put in a temporary container, such as a box or paper bag marked "Garbage," "Recycling" or "Yard Debris.” If you have questions concerning your collection, call Allied Waste at 425-452-4762.

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Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=mmay@bellevuewa.gov

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