West Seattle snow: Morning info-links

December 14, 2008 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 14 Comments

Once it’s light, we’ll be checking on conditions, especially the roads, around West Seattle, since a lot is happening today — from the weekly West Seattle Farmers Market, to Hometown Holidays Sunday in The Junction (with Santa photos and more prize drawings), to the WSB Forum potluck holiday party and donation drive (everybody invited!) at Big Al Brewing. In the short term, some helpful links if you need them in the very early am:

City info on snow/ice routes/procedures (including link to plowed-routes map)
County info on snow/ice routes/procedures (including Metro reroutes)
Metro “adverse weather” service status
King County road alerts
Latest forecast
National Weather Service “storm reports” (record snowfall, etc.)
City Light power-outage list
WSDOT trouble spots via Twitter
Washington State Ferries “service bulletins”
Live 911 log for Seattle fire/medic calls

One more note – the Jingle Bell Run to raise money for arthritis is scheduled downtown this morning (here’s the course map; here’s the timetable).

14 Comments

  1. Awesome coverage, TR. We’re just leaving for the Jingle Bell Run. Brrrr! I’ll try to tweet a couple iPhone photos from there. Feel free to use if you’d like.

    Comment by mark — 7:36 am December 14, 2008 #

  2. i live at 35th and roxbury and there 35th has about an inch of ice. yikes! i am trying to decide whether or not to drive out of west seattle this morning (in my car with really crappy tires) for plans i have in capitol hill… what do other roads in ws look like? anybody tried going over the bridge yet?

    Comment by lina — 8:07 am December 14, 2008 #

  3. KING 5 is reporting live from the front of Guadalupe.

    Comment by p — 8:11 am December 14, 2008 #

  4. I am nervous about sustaining [a] hummingbird[s]. I put my feeder indoors overnight so it wouldn’t freeze, then put it out again after first light. A hummingbird was waiting for the feeder when I put it out at first light this morning.

    I plan to put out fresh (home-mixed from powder) nectar from McLendon’s every couple hours. I would hate to have a hummingbird die as a result of my ignorance.

    Please offer guidance if you are accustomed to hummingbirds.

    Comment by Scott B. — 8:11 am December 14, 2008 #

  5. Tracy:

    Look all the way up and down the SDOT list of streets that you link to. It becomes readily apparent that Seattle Police, acting arbitrarily, can effectively cut off West Seattle from the outside world if they want to.

    No Fauntleroy Viaduct, no Admiral on or off ramp, no Delridge on ramp, no Highland Park Drive SW. Even if you leave the house, there’s no guarantee that you can get back.

    I wonder what they do for emergency vehicles.

    Comment by ivan — 8:26 am December 14, 2008 #

  6. well….so much for christmas shopping today!! how are the routes to target this morning?

    Comment by changingtimes — 8:43 am December 14, 2008 #

  7. Scott B, we just saw ours trying to find something in the front yard – there’s been salvia up till, well, now, we don’t have feeders. I’m going to have to look that up.

    Comment by WSB — 8:47 am December 14, 2008 #

  8. luckily… i can walk to target…yay!
    my plans in capitol hill just got canceled which is good- no reason to drive today! 35th/roxbury looks sketchy and the few cars i see are going really slow by my house.
    there is also a #21 bus pulled over in front of my house… maybe putting on chains? i know that a number of bus routes change in adverse weather, here is one link that i found, http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/bus/snow.html
    be safe everyone- just another excuse to stay home and bake cookies!

    Comment by lina — 8:51 am December 14, 2008 #

  9. For subsequent reports, I’ve just started a new Sunday morning post at:
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=12638

    Thanks to everybody for the early-morning reports – roads in particular – one of us will be heading out to check some major routes, too – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:55 am December 14, 2008 #

  10. ScottB: I’m with you. I have a feeder just outside my office window and I love to watch my family of hummingbirds feeding at it. So I was horrified this morning to watch them futilely trying to drink from a frozen feeder. I made up a fresh batch of nectar and brought in the feeder. I ran the perches and feeding ports under warm water and melted out the frozen nectar. It actually wasn’t frozen solid. The sugar helps that. Then I put the restored feeder back out and put a 100 watt lightbulb (in a clamp lamp about 10 inches under it) and that seems to be providing enough heat to keep it from refreezing. I’ll post a photo in the Forums.

    Comment by cjboffoli — 8:57 am December 14, 2008 #

  11. I signed up to run in the 12 K’s of Christmas in Kirkland; but after hearing reports of slick conditions both here and on the Eastside, it’s better for me not to drive this morning.
    Around 6:00 a.m. I heard on the radio that the freeway ramps to the West Seattle Bridge were closed for an hour or two because of spin outs.

    Comment by Admiral Janeway — 9:28 am December 14, 2008 #

  12. Looking out onto Fauntleroy this morning – if this mess is what they do to a “primary” plowed road, I am frightened for the rest of West Seattle’s roads. Good news is that it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone drive the speed limit here.

    Comment by Sue — 9:40 am December 14, 2008 #

  13. Anyone seen anything resembling a snowplow/sanding truck? Are there other areas of the city as hard hit as we were?

    Comment by Peaches — 9:44 am December 14, 2008 #

  14. Just a reminder – we are posting new information here:
    http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=12638
    Thanks for sharing stories! Re: other areas of the city, see in that post what Christopher B just learned from Farmers Markets who came here to go ahead with today’s market.

    Comment by WSB — 9:51 am December 14, 2008 #

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