Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 684,451 residents as of 2015, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013, it was the major city in the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 100 miles south of the Canada–United States border, a major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015. The Seattle area was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, the settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named Seattle in 1852, after Chief Siahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. Logging was Seattles first major industry, but by the late-19th century, growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing.
The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, in 1994, Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle. The stream of new software and Internet companies led to an economic revival, Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District, to the Central District, the jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and others. Seattle is the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix and the alternative rock subgenre grunge, archaeological excavations suggest that Native Americans have inhabited the Seattle area for at least 4,000 years. By the time the first European settlers arrived, the people occupied at least seventeen villages in the areas around Elliott Bay, the first European to visit the Seattle area was George Vancouver, in May 1792 during his 1791–95 expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, a party led by Luther Collins made a location on land at the mouth of the Duwamish River.
Thirteen days later, members of the Collins Party on the way to their claim passed three scouts of the Denny Party, members of the Denny Party claimed land on Alki Point on September 28,1851. The rest of the Denny Party set sail from Portland, after a difficult winter, most of the Denny Party relocated across Elliott Bay and claimed land a second time at the site of present-day Pioneer Square, naming this new settlement Duwamps. For the next few years, New York Alki and Duwamps competed for dominance, david Swinson Doc Maynard, one of the founders of Duwamps, was the primary advocate to name the settlement after Chief Sealth of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The name Seattle appears on official Washington Territory papers dated May 23,1853, in 1855, nominal land settlements were established. On January 14,1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of managing the city
Black Diamond, Washington
Black Diamond is a city in King County, United States. The population was 4,151 at the 2010 census, based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Black Diamond ranks 64th of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. Black Diamond was officially incorporated on February 19,1959, beginning in the 1880s Black Diamond was a rural coal mining area, developed by the Black Diamond Coal Mining Company of California, which owned and operated the mine. The town was home to around 3,500 people by the early 1900s, many of them European immigrants and this coal was transported to Seattle via the Pacific Coast Coal train. Before 1911, the miners were affiliated with the United Mine Workers of America, after World War I, the town shut down the mine as it was no longer viable. However a second mining boom spurred growth in the town in the early 1930s on the strength of multiple mining operations promoted by the Morris brothers through the Palmer Coking Coal Company, Mining has continued until recently through the Pacific Coast Coal Company, formerly of San Francisco.
The prospect of mining operations remains strong. The town has been home to many residents, including folk musician Brandi Carlile. The minor-league baseball star Edo Vanni was born at Black Diamond in 1918 and this city was put onto the official maps on February 9,1954, which is considered its birthdate. The main building of the Black Diamond Historical Museum is the train station, which served the Columbia & Puget Sound Railway 1884–1916. According to a sign at the museum, there were two trains a day to Seattle, only one. Regular passenger service ended in 1925, but a train still brought men to the mine until 1931, the Black Diamond Bakery achieved regional fame in the 1970s for the quality of its breads and other baked goods, and continues to attract destination shoppers. The towns late 20th century population growth has been mostly as a community for people with jobs in Seattle, Bellevue. Black Diamond is located at 47°19′4″N 122°0′53″W, according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.66 square miles, of which,6.02 square miles is land and 0.64 square miles is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,151 people,1,546 households, the population density was 689.5 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,685 housing units at a density of 279.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92. 0% White,1. 2% African American,0. 7% Native American,1. 2% Asian,0. 3% Pacific Islander,1. 3% from other races, and 3. 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4. 6% of the population,17. 9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6. 1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older
Everett is the county seat of and the largest city in Snohomish County, United States. Named for Everett Colby, son of founder Charles L. Colby, the city had a total population of 103,019 at the 2010 census, making it the 7th largest in the state and fifth-largest in the Puget Sound area. It received an All-America City Award in 2002, Everett is home to the largest public marina on the west coast of the United States and is the western terminus of the western segment of U. S. Route 2. It is home to Boeings assembly plant for the 747,767,777, Boeings Everett facility is known for being the largest building in the world by volume at 116.5 million cubic feet. In 1984, Everett was selected as the site of a U. S. Navy Homeport, the Naval Station formally opened in 1992 and on January 8,1997 welcomed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln is no longer homeported in Everett as of Winter 2011, the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz has replaced the Lincoln as Everetts homeported ship, as of March 9,2012.
Everett is home to the Port of Everett, a shipping port that brings trade, jobs. In 2003, Xfinity Arena opened Everett to tourism, the $83 million arena continues to host events, once exclusive to Seattles KeyArena, to the present day. The arenas Twin Masts are a signature of the Everett skyline and it hosts events such as concerts, trade shows and high school graduations. The land on which Everett was founded was surrendered to the United States by its inhabitants under the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott. Permanent settlement in the area by European descendants started in 1861 when Dennis Brigham built a cabin on a 160-acre claim on the shore of Port Gardner Bay. Over the next years a handful of settlers moved to the area. On July 17,1890, The steamship Queen of the Pacific left Tacoma for an Alaskan cruise with Henry Hewitt, Jr. during this Fateful voyage initial plans for an industrial city on the peninsula along the banks of the Snohomish river were formulated. On August 22,1890, The Rucker Brothers filed their plat at Port Gardner and this plat was withdrawn to accommodate the plans of the Hewitt-Colby group.
Everett Colby in turn was named for orator Edward Everett, on November 19,1890, the Articles of Incorporation for the Everett Land Company were filed, with Henry Hewitt Jr. as president. On November 26,1890, the Rucker Brothers transferred 434.15 acres of property on the Everett peninsula to Hewitt, the Company bought much of the Ruckers land, taking them in as junior partners. Everett was officially incorporated on May 4,1893, the year the Great Northern Railway came to the town, both Hewitt and the Ruckers had speculated that James J. Hill would make the town the terminus of his railroad. However Hill continued the railroad along the shore of Puget Sound to Seattle, although it succeeded in building the city, the Everett Land Company was a failure for its investors
Bellevue is a city in the Eastside region of King County, United States, across Lake Washington from Seattle. As the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area, Bellevue has variously been characterized as an edge city, the city had a population of 122,363 at the 2010 census. Prior to 2008, downtown Bellevue underwent rapid change, with high rise projects under construction. The downtown area is currently the second largest city center in Washington state with 1,300 businesses,45,000 employees and 10,200 residents, based on per capita income, Bellevue is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington. In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoneys list of the best places to live and launch a business, in 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live by USA Today. More than 145 companies have located in Bellevue. Current companies with headquarters in Bellevue include Expedia and T-Mobile, the name Bellevue is French for beautiful view. Bellevue was settled in 1869 by William Meydenbauer and Aaron Mercer, prior to the opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940, Bellevue was a rural area with little development.
Although it was small, developers were pushing to change that, in the 1920s and he envisioned plans that included the bridging of Lake Washington and an area filled with golf courses and airports. His map with these visions was published in 1928, once the Murrow Memorial Bridge opened, access from Seattle improved, and the area gradually grew into a bedroom community. After the Japanese Internment began in 1942 a large quantity of land was available for development. This made way for the development of the Bellevue downtown area. Bellevue incorporated as a third city on March 21,1953. Following the 1963 opening of a bridge across the lake, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. It has since become one of the largest cities in the state, with several structures in its core. The city experienced a boom during the mid 2000s, with the building of developments such as Lincoln Square. Reflective of Bellevues growth over the years is Bellevue Square, now one of the largest shopping centers in the region, opened in 1946, the mall underwent a significant expansion in the 1980s.
Patterned after what many civic leaders consider the successful redevelopment of the downtown core, Bellevue is located at 47°36′N 122°12′W
Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, known as tracks. It is referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles run on a flat surface. Tracks usually consist of rails, installed on ties and ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels. Other variations are possible, such as slab track, where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface. Rolling stock in a transport system generally encounters lower frictional resistance than road vehicles, so passenger. The operation is carried out by a company, providing transport between train stations or freight customer facilities. Power is provided by locomotives which either draw electric power from a railway system or produce their own power. Most tracks are accompanied by a signalling system, Railways are a safe land transport system when compared to other forms of transport. The oldest, man-hauled railways date back to the 6th century BC, with Periander, one of the Seven Sages of Greece, Rail transport blossomed after the British development of the steam locomotive as a viable source of power in the 19th centuries.
With steam engines, one could construct mainline railways, which were a key component of the Industrial Revolution, railways reduced the costs of shipping, and allowed for fewer lost goods, compared with water transport, which faced occasional sinking of ships. The change from canals to railways allowed for markets in which prices varied very little from city to city. In the 1880s, electrified trains were introduced, and the first tramways, starting during the 1940s, the non-electrified railways in most countries had their steam locomotives replaced by diesel-electric locomotives, with the process being almost complete by 2000. During the 1960s, electrified high-speed railway systems were introduced in Japan, other forms of guided ground transport outside the traditional railway definitions, such as monorail or maglev, have been tried but have seen limited use. The history of the growth and restoration to use of transport can be divided up into several discrete periods defined by the principal means of motive power used.
The earliest evidence of a railway was a 6-kilometre Diolkos wagonway, trucks pushed by slaves ran in grooves in limestone, which provided the track element. The Diolkos operated for over 600 years, Railways began reappearing in Europe after the Dark Ages. The earliest known record of a railway in Europe from this period is a window in the Minster of Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany
Great Northern Railway (U.S.)
The Great Northern Railway was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, the Great Northerns route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U. S. The Great Northern was the privately funded – and successfully built – transcontinental railroad in U. S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads, the Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad, fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East. The earliest predecessor railroad to the GN was the St.
Paul & Pacific Railroad, James Jerome Hill convinced John S. Kennedy, Norman Kittson, Donald Smith, George Stephen, and others to invest $5.5 million in purchasing the railroad. On March 13,1878, the roads creditors formally signed an agreement transferring their bonds, on September 18,1889, Hill changed the name of the Minneapolis and St. Cloud Railway to the Great Northern Railway. On February 1,1890, he transferred ownership of the StPM&M, Montana Central Railway, the Great Northern had branches that ran north to the Canada–US border in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana. It had branches that ran to Superior and Butte, connecting with the mining fields of Minnesota. In 1898 Hill purchased control of parts of the Messabe Range iron mining district in Minnesota. The Great Northern began large-scale shipment of ore to the mills of the Midwest. At its height, Great Northern operated over 8,000 miles, the railroad’s best known engineer,1889 to 1903, was John Frank Stevens. Stevens earned wide acclaim in 1889 when he explored Marias Pass, Stevens was an efficient administrator with remarkable technical skills and imagination.
He discovered Stevens Pass through the Cascade Mountains, set railroad construction standards in the Mesabi Range of northern Minnesota and he became the chief engineer in charge of building the Panama Canal. The logo of the railroad, a Rocky Mountain goat, was based on a goat William Kenney, the mainline began at Saint Paul, heading west and topping the bluffs of the Mississippi River, crossing the river to Minneapolis on a massive multi-piered stone bridge. The Stone Arch Bridge stands in Minneapolis, near the Saint Anthony Falls, the mainline headed northwest from the Twin Cities, across North Dakota and eastern Montana. The line crossed the Rocky Mountains at Marias Pass, and followed the Flathead River and Kootenai River to Athol and Spokane, the main line west of Marias Pass has been relocated twice
The Cascade Tunnel refers to two railroad tunnels in the northwest United States, east of the Seattle metropolitan area in the Cascade Range of Washington, at Stevens Pass. It is approximately 65 miles east of Everett, with both portals adjacent to U. S. Route 2, both single-track tunnels were constructed by the Great Northern Railway. The first was 2.63 miles in length and opened in 1900 to avoid problems caused by heavy snowfalls on the original line that had eight zig zags. The current tunnel is a 7.8 miles long and was put in service 88 years ago in early 1929, approximately 1.5 miles south of and 500 feet lower in elevation than the original. The present east portal is nearly 4 miles east of the originals and is at 2,881 feet above sea level,1,180 feet below the pass. The tunnel connects Berne in Chelan County on its east with Scenic Hot Springs in King County on its west and is the longest railroad tunnel in the United States, the first tunnel began construction on August 20,1897, and was completed on December 20,1900.
John Frank Stevens was the engineer on the interim switchback route. Stevens Pass, located above the tunnels, was named after him, the tunnel had a fume problem from the coal-burning steam locomotives. It was built with a 1. 7% gradient eastbound, which was too close to the gradient of 2. 2%. The tunnel was electrified, with the completed on July 10,1909. The unusual system used was three-phase AC,6600 volts at 25 Hz, the tunnel section only was electrified,4.0 route miles or 6.0 track miles and 1.7 percent grade through the tunnel. The tunnel was plagued by snow slides in the area. On March 1,1910, an avalanche at Wellington, near the west portal of the original 2.6 miles Cascade Tunnel, killed 96 people and this disaster prompted the construction of the current tunnel. The old tunnel was abandoned in 1929, after the new longer and lower tunnel was opened. During the winter of 2007–2008, a section of the roof caved in and created a debris dam inside the tunnel, making it impassable to pedestrians due to standing water and ceiling debris. A warning was issued to stay clear of the side of the old tunnel for a distance of one-half mile for the indeterminate future.
The new Cascade Tunnel was opened on January 12,1929, the new line had 72.9 route-miles or 93.2 track miles electrified, between Skykomish and Wenatchee. The ruling grade was still 2.2 percent, although 21 miles of 2 percent or worse grade was eliminated, the line length was reduced by 8.7 miles, and maximum elevation was lowered by 502 feet from 3,382 feet to 2,881 feet
Burien is a suburban city in King County, United States, located south of Seattle. As of the 2010 Census, Buriens population was 33,313, an annexation in 2010 increased the citys population to about 50,000. Ouellet had first arrived in the Washington Territory at Port Madison on Bainbridge Island, off of the Kitsap Peninsula, Three years after purchasing his homestead in the Burien area, he married 14-year-old Elizabeth Cushner, who was born in the Washington Territory, and started a family. Several years later, the Ouellet family moved to the White River Valley, a popular local tale recounts that an early settler named Mike Kelly gave the community its first name after he emerged from the trees and said, This is truly a sunny dale. Today, a few residents still refer to the Burien area as Sunnydale. In 1884, Gottlieb Burian and his wife Emma Burian, German immigrants from Hussinetz, Lower Silesia, the tiny community was without improved roads or commercial buildings, reached primarily by trails.
Burian built a cabin on the southeast corner of Lake Burien, a real estate office was built and soon attracted large numbers of new residents to Burien. In the early 1900s, visitors from Seattle came by the Mosquito Fleet to Three Tree Point, just west of town to sunbathe, in 1915, the Lake Burien Railway was completed. It ran on what is today Ambaum Boulevard from Burien to White Center to Seattle, a small passenger train ran the tracks and was affectionately named by the residents, The Toonerville Trolley. However, in the summer, squished caterpillars made the track slippery, and in the winter, soon the Toonerville Trolley was removed. Several proposals to incorporate the greater Burien area, a portion of King County, were attempted but failed. The City of Burien was finally incorporated on February 28,1993 after voter approval, late in 2004, the City assessed the possibility of annexing North Highline, one of the largest urban unincorporated areas of King County, which would double the size of Burien.
Many citizens spoke against the annexation and created signs and petitions to protest against it. In May 2008, the Burien City Council proposed an annexation of the portion of North Highline. In late summer of 2008, the City of Burien prepared to submit their proposal to King Countys Boundary Review Board. However, after the City of Seattle protested Buriens proposal, Burien opted to withdraw their annexation plan, in October 2008, the Burien City Council voted to resubmit their annexation plan to the county Boundary Review Board. However, the cities of Burien and Seattle, along with King County and other stakeholders, affected stakeholders would have agreed to a preliminary annexation framework that stipulated how annexation would play-out between the cities of Burien and Seattle and with King County. However, the Seattle City Council voted against the agreement that February and it is not known if Seattle has any future plans for annexation of any part of the North Highline area
The Pacific Northwest, sometimes referred to as Cascadia, is a geographic region in western North America bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and loosely, by the Rocky Mountains on the east. Though no agreed boundary exists, a common conception includes the U. S. states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. Broader conceptions reach north into Alaska and Yukon, south into far northern California and east to the Continental Divide, thus including Idaho, Western Montana, narrower conceptions may be limited to the northwestern US or to the coastal areas west of the Cascade and Coast mountains. The variety of definitions can be attributed to partially overlapping commonalities of the history, society. The Northwest Coast is the region of the Pacific Northwest. The term Pacific Northwest should not be confused with the Northwest Territory or the Northwest Territories of Canada. The border — in two sections, along the 49th parallel south of British Columbia and the Alaska Panhandle west of northern British Columbia — has had an effect on the region.
According to Canadian historian Ken Coates, the border has not merely influenced the Pacific Northwest—rather, definitions of the Pacific Northwest region vary, and there is no commonly agreed-upon boundary, even among Pacific Northwesterners. A common conception of the Pacific Northwest includes the U. S. states of Oregon and Washington as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia. Broader definitions of the region may include the U. S. state of Alaska, the Canadian territory of Yukon, the portion of the state of California. Definitions based on the historic Oregon Country reach east to the Continental Divide, thus including all of Idaho and parts of western Montana. Sometimes the Pacific Northwest is defined as being the Northwestern United States, often these definitions are made by government agencies whose scope is limited to the United States. Some definitions include, in addition to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, western Montana, the coast of northern California, the Pacific Northwest has been occupied by a diverse array of indigenous peoples for millennia.
The Pacific Coast is seen by scholars as a major coastal migration route in the settlement of the Americas by late Pleistocene peoples moving from northeast Asia into the Americas. Other evidence for human occupation dating back as much as 14,500 years ago is emerging from Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon, despite such research, the coastal migration hypothesis is still subject to considerable debate. Due in part to the richness of Pacific Northwest Coast and river fisheries, in the interior of the Pacific Northwest, the indigenous peoples, at the time of European contact, had a diversity of cultures and societies. Some areas were home to mobile and egalitarian societies, especially along major rivers such as the Columbia and Fraser, had very complex, sedentary societies rivaling those of the coast. In British Columbia and Southeast Alaska, the Tlingit and Haida erected large, throughout the Pacific Northwest, thousands of indigenous people live, and some continue to practice their rich cultural traditions, organizing their societies around cedar and salmon
Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. In some countries, such as in Brazil, France or the United Kingdom, unlike many other countries, Australia has only one level of local government immediately beneath state and territorial governments. A local government area often contains several towns and even entire cities, aside from very sparsely populated areas and a few other special cases, almost all of Australia is part of an LGA. Unincorporated areas are often in locations, cover vast areas or have very small populations. Postal addresses in unincorporated areas, as in parts of Australia. Thus, there is any ambiguity regarding addresses in unincorporated areas. The Australian Capital Territory has no municipalities and is in some sense an unincorporated area, the territorial government is directly responsible for matters normally carried out by local government.
The far west and north of New South Wales constitutes the Unincorporated Far West Region, a civil servant in the state capital manages such matters as are necessary. The second unincorporated area of state is Lord Howe Island. In the Northern Territory,1. 45% of the area and 4. In South Australia, 60% of the area is unincorporated and communities located within can receive services provided by a state agency. Firstly, the remote area that is unincorporated is the Abrolhos Islands. Secondly, the unincorporated areas are A-class reserves either in, or close to. In Canada, depending on the province, a settlement is one that does not have a municipal council that governs solely over the settlement. It is usually, but not always, part of a municipal government. This can range from hamlets to large urbanized areas that are similar in size to towns. In British Columbia, unincorporated settlements lie outside municipal boundaries entirely, Unincorporated settlements with a population of between 100 and 1,000 residents may have the status of designated place in Canadian census data.
In some provinces, large tracts of undeveloped wilderness or rural country are unorganized areas that fall directly under the provincial jurisdiction
U.S. Route 2 in Washington
Within Washington, the highway travels on a 326. 36-mile-long route that connects the western and eastern regions of the state as a part of the state highway system and the National Highway System. US2 begins in Everett at an intersection with State Route 529 in Everett, the highway travels over the Cascade Range through Stevens Pass, connecting the western and eastern parts of the state. US2 becomes concurrent with US97 from Peshastin to Orondo, the highway continues east across the Columbia Plateau in Central Washington and crosses the Grand Coulee while concurrent with SR17 west of Coulee City. The highway travels into Spokane concurrent with I-90 and US395, US2 leaves Washington at the Idaho state line, located along SR41 in Newport and Idaho State Highway 41 in Oldtown, Idaho. The present route of US2 follows several wagon roads that were built in the late 19th century by railroad companies. The state of Washington began maintaining sections of what would become US2 with the extension of State Road 7 in 1909, from Pashastin to Spokane on the Sunset Highway and State Road 2.
In addition to State Road 2, State Road 23 was created in 1915, traveling north from Spokane to Newport, the Stevens Pass Highway was transferred to state maintenance in 1931 with the establishment of State Road 15, traveling from Everett to Peshastin. The United States Highway System was adopted on November 11,1926, US10 was re-routed in 1939 and replaced by US10 Alternate, which was routed across Stevens Pass in the 1940s and itself replaced by US2 in 1946. The primary state highways were replaced by the current state route system during the 1964 state highway renumbering, US2 underwent conversions to limited-access highways during the next several decades, including the completion of the Hewitt Avenue Trestle and a bypass of Snohomish. A series of projects is planned to improve the US2 corridor between Snohomish and Skykomish by expanding the highway near various cities and the completion of a bypass around Monroe. US2 is defined by the Washington State Legislature as SR2, every year, WSDOT conducts a series of surveys on its highways in the state to measure traffic volume.
This is expressed in terms of average daily traffic, which is a measure of traffic volume for any average day of the year. The entire route of US2 within Washington is designated as part of the National Highway System, classifying it as important to the economy, defense. WSDOT designates US2 as a Highway of Statewide Significance, which includes highways that connect major communities in the state of Washington, the highway travels east onto the Hewitt Avenue Trestle, crossing the Snohomish River after an interchange with I-5. The four-lane trestle continues east across Ebey Island, intersecting Homeacres Road before crossing the Ebey Slough, US2 turns southeast at the east end of the trestle in Cavalero at an interchange with SR204, which serves Lake Stevens. The limited-access road travels around the city of Snohomish, intersecting Bickford Avenue in an at-grade intersection, US2 turns south and crosses over the Pilchuck River and the Centennial Trail before its limited-access road ends at a diamond interchange with 88th Street.
The two-lane road continues southeast along the Scenic Subdivision of the Northern Transcon, the highway travels past the Evergreen State Fairgrounds and intersects SR522 before entering downtown Monroe. US2, now part of a National Scenic Byway named the Stevens Pass Greenway, continues through the city of Monroe, the highway leaves the city while parallel to the Skykomish River and travels through the cities of Sultan and Gold Bar
A blizzard is a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 35 mph and lasting for a prolonged period of time—typically three hours or more. A ground blizzard is a condition where snow is not falling but loose snow on the ground is lifted. In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a severe Snow storm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities, the difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount of snow. While severe cold and large amounts of drifting snow may accompany blizzards, Blizzards can bring whiteout conditions, and can paralyze regions for days at a time, particularly where snowfall is unusual or rare. A severe blizzard has winds over 72 km/h, near zero visibility, in Antarctica, blizzards are associated with winds spilling over the edge of the ice plateau at an average velocity of 160 km/h. Ground blizzard refers to a condition where loose snow or ice on the ground is lifted.
The Australia Bureau of Meteorology describes a blizzard as, Violent and very cold wind which is laden with snow, some part, at least, Blizzard conditions of cold temperatures and strong winds can cause wind chill values that can result in hypothermia or frostbite. The wind chill factor is the amount of cooling the body feels due to the combination of wind. They are most common in the Great Plains, the Great Lakes states, and the states along the coast. Another storm system occurs when a cold core low over the Hudson Bay area in Canada is displaced southward over southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes, and New England. When the rapidly moving cold front collides with warmer air coming north from the Gulf of Mexico, strong winds, significant cold air advection. With few trees or other obstructions to wind and blowing. In a true whiteout there is no visible horizon, people can become lost in their own front yards, when the door is only 3 m away, and they would have to feel their way back. Motorists have to stop their cars where they are, as the road is impossible to see, a noreaster is a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada.
It gets its name from the direction the wind is coming from, the term is most often used in the coastal areas of New England and Atlantic Canada. This type of storm has characteristics similar to a hurricane, more specifically it describes a low-pressure area whose center of rotation is just off the East Coast and whose leading winds in the left-forward quadrant rotate onto land from the northeast. High storm waves may sink ships at sea and cause coastal flooding, notable noreasters include The Great Blizzard of 1888, one of the worst blizzards in U. S. history. It dropped 100–130 cm of snow and had sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour that produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet, railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week