One business owner said conditions were so bad she had to cancel half of her scheduled business deliveries on Wednesday and is planning to do the same for Thursday.
LYNNWOOD, Wash. – It’s the official start of winter and much of Western Washington is covered in snow and ice and Wednesday night temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing, which has affected a Lynnwood base.
The phones were ringing off the hook Wednesday because of what’s going on outside.
“We definitely can’t go anywhere with this ice on the road,” said Luzia Tibig, manager of Stadium Flowers in Lynnwood off Highway 99. “We’ve been here for over 45 years; I’ve been here for 18 years, and this is kind of one of the worst.”
She said conditions were so bad, she decided to cancel about half of the business’s scheduled deliveries on Wednesday and is planning to do the same for Thursday.
“I’d say about 300 today would be ideal, before the holiday a few days ahead and we’re doing about 150,” Tibig said.
By early Wednesday afternoon, the main streets in Lynnwood were cleared, but some of the residential streets looked treacherous. But those conditions didn’t stop a longtime customer from showing up, Ed Schweihs, who went to Stadium Flowers to do something special for his wife, who sadly passed away six months ago.
“I go there every day for two hours and sit with him and walk with him because we used to walk together,” Schweihs said. “So I come here every week for up to 10 days to get a new beautiful flower arrangement.”
But because of the cold conditions, he decided to hold off on bringing the flower arrangement to his wife’s grave.
But it was all worth it for Schweihs. “We all have people that we love, family, friends and all that, but then we also have people that we absolutely live for and she was what I lived for,” Schweihs said.