West Seattle weather: Final night of winter’s first round

(WSB photo taken late today: Hockey on a frozen pond in White Center)
We know winter hasn’t even officially started yet – a week and a half until the solstice – yet it doesn’t get much wintrier than these past several days of mostly below-freezing, at times way-below-freezing, air. By this time tomorrow, forecasters say, the temperature will be rising back toward the normal range. So far tonight, the rumblings of possibly a little bit of snow have come true here and there – Admiral District in the 9 pm hour, Westwood a little earlier – but that’s about it, so far. If you see otherwise in the hours ahead, please let us all know with a comment here!

8 Replies to "West Seattle weather: Final night of winter's first round"

  • Noelle December 9, 2013 (11:23 pm)

    I LOVE winter fun as much as anyone but just a reminder . . . Frozen Lakes are not always as solid as they seem. Please be careful and never go alone.

  • Mike December 10, 2013 (2:19 am)

    It was not cold enough long enough to make it 1′ thick ice to be safe. We are not New England. Agree with Noelle.

  • Bryan December 10, 2013 (8:22 am)

    Someone please tell me where this pond is in White Center.

    I headed to the Arboretum both Saturday and Sunday for hockey! It’s nice to know there’s a place just a couple miles away.

  • Bryan December 10, 2013 (11:50 am)

    In response to the comments about the ice not being safe. The many people on the ice at the arboretum might have a problem with your armchair measurement of the ice. Anyway, the water there is about two feet deep, so there’s not much danger.

    I’m from the East. I never used to think Seattle would get skatable ice, but I have skated at the Arboretum three out of the last four or five years.

    Stop worrying and preaching, and go have fun.

  • WSB December 10, 2013 (12:07 pm)

    Re: the location of this pond – all I know is SW 102nd near the Steve Cox Park baseball fields. Co-publisher Patrick Sand took the photo, and that was the location description we got from the person who texted us – TR

  • payrollgirl December 10, 2013 (12:30 pm)

    That’s not a pond is it, more like a swamp?!

    So not very deep (I hope) if thay were to break through it.

  • Mike December 10, 2013 (9:30 pm)

    Bryan, you realize that the Arboretum is man made and in a controlled environment right? They’v done the same for Key Arena when we had a hockey team here. It’s night and day difference between that and trying to freeze a pond.

  • Bryan December 11, 2013 (7:55 am)

    Mike, not sure what you mean by controlled. The area where people skate in the Arboretum is part of Lake Washington. The level is controlled by Ballard Locks, but the level of most ponds doesn’t fluctuate much.

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