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Cold winter weather smacks region

A cold front hit the area Friday night leaving snow, ice and plunging temperatures in its wake.

Snow accumulations on the Plateau ranged from trace amounts to nearly three inches. Wind gust of 25 to 30 mph made the 25 degree temperatures feel considerably colder.

Pierce County road crews were out beginning Friday and worked through the weekend. According to official reports a full crew and equipment including 26 plows, seven anti-icer trucks, three graders, six loader operators and mechanics at the dispatch locations worked on Pierce County roads until midnight Sunday.

The White River, Enumclaw and Sumner school districts were running two hours late because of the icy conditions Monday. Carbonado started one hour late.

Puget Sound Energy reported a few power outages in Enumclaw, but no major problems were reported in other Plateau areas.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Dave Wakefield said residents appeared to have been cautious and, for the most part, stayed home.

Of the emergency calls received by East Pierce over the weekend, more than half were for medical emergencies. Wakefield said firefighters responded to three motor vehicle collisions, but there were no serious injuries reported.

A large tree fell across state Route 410 on Elhi Hill closing the highway for a time on Friday. A downed tree that fell into power lines kept Puget Sound Energy crews busy Sunday afternoon on 214th Avenue.

East Pierce firefighters responded to a mutual aid call in Orting for a residential fire around 3 a.m. Monday.

The weather forecast for the week calls for more snow and cold temperatures through the weekend.

Reach Dennis Box at dbox@courierherald.com or 360-802-8209.

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