Puyallup Closes Library, Parks, Senior Center As Cold Continues

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PUYALLUP, WA — Frigid temperatures and the possibility of more snow have led to a number of closures Monday in Puyallup. As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the National Weather reports that it is 20 degrees in Puyallup.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Conditions statement, warning of "Accumulating snowfall, bitterly cold temperatures and gusty winds will affect the western U.S. and northern Plains into tonight."

Pierce County Public Works said that it will be running a 24-hour operation with 28 snow plows on primary snow routes, six trucks to assist with isolated incidents, and three motor grade workers for high-elevation areas. The public works department said that on Sunday night and Monday morning, it applied a solid de-icer to main snow plow routes, and will monitor the roads for 24 hours.

All LRI sites are closed Monday, Pierce County said.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department closed its Bonney Lake Park and Ride, Canyon Road sites, and Cheney Stadium COVID-19 testing sites are also closed. A full list of available testing sites can be found on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website.

In Puyallup, police are clearing residential roads after clearing main arteries. A map of priority streets can be viewed here.

Puyallup City Hall and Recreation Center opened late at 10 a.m. and were open until 4 p.m. The Puyallup Library and Senior Centerwere closed throughout the day. The Puyallup School District was already closed for winter break. Wildwood and Skate parks were also closed Monday.

Updates will continue throughout the day on the Pierce County Public Works Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Puyallup municipal Facebook page.

Through Dec. 31, a number of local shelters in Tacoma and Puyallup are expanding overnight capacity. A full list can be seen on the Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness website. The Lighthouse Activity Center and the Tacoma Rescue Mission are offering warming shelters and extended hours during the day, and Pierce Transit is offering free rides to them throughout the day.

Snow of less than half an inch is expected to accumulate Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will inch up Tuesday, with a high near 33, calm winds, and a 20 percent chance of snow, with little to no accumulation predicted.

Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Thursday.
Residents are advised to stay home if possible. Anyone driving is advised to slow down, allow extra time, clear snow off windows, and put extra distance between the vehicle in front. Washington State Police said that on Sunday, troopers responded to 166 collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties.

Updates will continue throughout the day on the Pierce County Public Works Facebook and Twitter pages.

This article originally appeared on the Puyallup Patch

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