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Cold temps, lowland snow; Avalanche victims update; Crabbers seeking solutions; Street dedicated for slain community leader; Street racing bill.
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Record cold temperatures, lowland snow in the forecast

Chances for record cold temperatures and even lowland snow are lingering for western Washington. 

The areas with the best shot of seeing snow accumulations include parts of coastal Washington and the Olympic Peninsula, including the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal, as well as along the I-5 corridor from Olympia to Chehalis. 

A widespread 1-3 inches of snow can be expected for these areas with some of the east-facing foothills and Olympic mountains seeing upwards of seven inches by Thursday morning.

While not everyone sees snow, everyone will see the frigid temperatures that are running upwards of 20 degrees below where we should be for this time of the year. Read more

Colchuck Peak avalanche victims identified, recovery efforts will depend on conditions

The three people killed in an avalanche on Colchuck Peak near Leavenworth on Sunday, Feb. 19, were identified Wednesday.

The victims are Seong Cho, 54; Jeannie Less, 60; and Yun Park, 66. Recovery efforts for the victims are now based on avalanche and weather conditions, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

Survivors told the Chelan County Sherriff's Office of Emergency Management that the slide occurred around 1 p.m. on Sunday. Six people were climbing when the lead climber triggered the slide and four people fell. Read more

Crabbers seek solutions as they feel pinch of harvest closure

Some emergency relief money is on the way to help crabbers impacted by the historic closure of the Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab harvests in Alaska.

Washington-based fishermen, however, say more lasting attention, research and action are needed to preserve the industry as a sustainable way of life for generational small businesses. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says red king crab was closed in Bristol Bay after a years-long decline propelled by climate change. But the Bering Sea snow crab closure was more of a shock, with NOAA citing the aftermath of the 2019 marine heatwave sometimes referred to as "the blob." Read more

D'Vonne Pickett Jr. Way: Seattle renames city block to honor beloved community leader

The intersection of East Union Street and 21st Avenue in the Central District now bears the name D'Vonne Pickett Jr. Way

Last week, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda to pave the way for the renaming. The resolution was written in conjunction with Mayor Bruce Harrell and Pickett’s family to honor his legacy.

Dozens of Pickett Jr.'s family and friends gathered at the intersection for the unveiling Wednesday afternoon. Read more

Leaders from Tacoma, Des Moines and Kent in favor of street racing bill

Multiple cities in King and Pierce counties have reported an increase in street racing. Now leaders from those cities are asking state lawmakers to pass a bill to help.

Leaders from Tacoma, Des Moines, and Kent spoke at a public hearing in Olympia last week asking state lawmakers to pass SB 5606. The bill would bolster current law, which police said is needed to prevent what they call an increasing problem. 

Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla said the current state street racing laws make enforcement and prosecution difficult, which is why he hopes lawmakers can pass Senate Bill 5606. The bill would make multiple changes to current law, including the addition of drifting and intersection and parking lot takeovers to the definition of illegal street racing. Read more

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