Everywhere you look in downtown Chelan there are piles of snow everywhere RuthEdna Keys/LCM

City of Chelan crews clean up the snow from the middle of Woodin Avenue

City of Chelan snowplows were out early plowing residential streets

South Lakeshore Road gets plowed by Chelan County Public Works. Courtesy Chelan County Public Works
Snow started falling late Wednesday evening, January 5 and continued thru most of Thursday, January 6, dumping anywhere from 18 inches to more than three feet of snow in the Lake Chelan Valley, closing Highways 97, 97A, 971, South Lakeshore Road. All four mountain passes where also closed due to the heavy snowfall. Snow slides were reported on Union Valley Road near Chelan; and on Mills Canyon and Entiat River roads near Entiat and other parts of Chelan County.
City, county and state crews worked through the weekend clearing the snow from area streets and highways. 
High winds Friday evening, January 7, closed roads in the Waterville and Mansfield area.
On Friday, January 7 Chelan County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency, followed by the City of Leavenworth who requested aid from the National Guard  due to the record breaking snowfall. Some microclimates received up to 48 inches of snow. Governor Jay Inslee also issued a emergency weather proclamation due to series of rain and snow storms across the state.
Residents are asked not to push their snow from their driveways onto city streets, county roads and highways. Keep your snow on your property. clean out from around fire hydrants in their neighborhoods (3 foot perimeter), shovel a pathway to the hydrant for access and remove any ice from hydrant itself. Also  clear the snow out from your mailbox, or mark it’s location with something. Operators don’t want to take out a mailbox when pushing back snow.
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