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Update: Snow and Ice in Issaquah & Sammamish Delays Issaquah Schools

We'll keep you posted about the latest storm developments here on Patch. Please send news tips to Jeanne.Gustafson@patch.com. Readers can also follow up on Facebook and on Twitter at @SammamishPatch.

Update, 5:45 a.m. Dec. 18: There has been overnight snow in some areas leading the Issaquah School District to delay start times by two hours this morning and shift busses to snow routes.

Snow and rain are expected this morning before 10 a.m., turning to rain as temperatures warm up to a high around 37 degrees, with more snow possible tonight as temps dip to around 32 degrees.

Puget Sound Energy has reported that most customers whose power went out due to high winds and downed trees yesterday have had their service restored.

Update: 9:30 a.m.: A High Wind Warning remains in effect from the National Weather Service until noon today, Monday, Dec. 17, and the agency added a Winter Storm Watch which will be in effect from Monday evening until Tuesday morning, primarily for the far northern parts of King County in the Cascade foothills.

In Issaquah and Sammamish there's a 70 percent chance of rain or snow tonight, with lows expected to dip to around 30 degrees. The NWS said in its winter storm watch that 1-3 inches of snow could fall overnight, and possibly more in some areas, making the Tuesday commute dicey.

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Original story:

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, 17,000 Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers were without power due to strong winds and rain, but according to the company's outage map, about 158 of those were in the Sammamish/Issaquah Plateau area North of Interstate 90.

According to PSE, that area includes 29,448 total customers. The map included no estimated time of power restoration for the area as crews scramble to deal without outages all over PSE's Western Washington's service area.

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We'll keep you posted about the latest storm developments here on Patch. Please send news tips to Jeanne.Gustafson@patch.com, or tell us in the comments box below. Readers can also follow up on Facebook and on Twitter at @SammamishPatch.

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For more tips on dealing with heavy rain, see this checklist on Take Winter by Storm, a group formed by public and private utilities of Western Washington.

If you're experiencing an outage or suspect a natural gas leak, call Puget Sound Energy 1-888-225-5773. Click here for real-time updates, or check Twitter.com/PSETalk.

If you rely on public transit, check the status of your ride on Metro Transit Alert Center’s websiteClick here for metro's flood routes.

Puget Sound energy posted this notice to its web site this morning:

The National Weather Service has forecast a significant weather storm to hit the region Sunday evening. In addition to strong winds, coastal flooding and mountain blizzard conditions are in the forecast. Strong winds are expected to begin near midnight, with the most severe winds -- up to 70 mph -- reaching our area around 4 a.m. 

If you lose power, report it by calling 1-888-225-5773.  If you see a downed power line, stay away and report it to PSE.  We have 83 crews ready to respond overnight. Additional crews have been called and will arrive in the morning. If the storm is as severe as predicted, it could take a few days to restore power to all our customers. Go to www.PSE.com/prepare for emergency preparedness tips and information.

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