West Seattle Weather Watch: Freezing rain, graupel, etc.; power outage reported

(Thanks to Jason Grotelueschen for the Admiral view!)
6:27 PM: After what seemed like endless days of weather alerts, some wintriness is finally arriving tonight (the reason for that ill-fated de-icing) – freezing rain/hail/sleet/graupel in areas (haven’t seen it firsthand ourselves yet – just heavy rain here over Lincoln Park). The National Weather Service has a short-term-forecast alert out, saying that what’s hitting us now is “a broad area of snow and rain showers with embedded snow pellets.” A bit later, the NWS says, “another line of snow showers will spread south … Any of these showers will leave a quick snow accumulation of one-half inch or so, enough to turn the ground white. However, air temperatures of 36 to 40 degrees will cause any snow to melt in less than one to two hours.”

(Thanks to Jackson from the Ventana Construction [sponsor] family for the Morgan Junction view!)
6:53 PM UPDATE: Looks like frozen something has suddenly hit here. Going out for a pic. Send one if you have one from your neighborhood! editor@westseattleblog.com

(From Julie in Fairmount Springs)
7:24 PM UPDATE: Adding more photos – even as what graupel/etc. we saw here can be heard melting in the gutter.

(Admiral photo – dog tracks in the ‘snow’ – by Beth Ferreira)
7:57 PM UPDATE: The “short-term forecast” has expired. We should get the National Weather Service’s newest forecast within the next hour and a half, to see what they’re projecting for overnight/morning.

8:03 PM UPDATE: Just got a call from a Gatewood resident saying power’s out in their area around 40th/Webster (map). Anyone else?

8:40 PM UPDATE: Seattle City Light told us via Twitter they’d heard from two customers, and we haven’t heard from others, so apparently a small outage. They said a crew was en route.

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30 Replies to "West Seattle Weather Watch: Freezing rain, graupel, etc.; power outage reported"

  • Chris W December 2, 2013 (6:31 pm)

    Had a pretty impressive grapple shower at California and Andover. Plus some at Admiral Junction about half hour ago. Turning to rain now.

  • Ken December 2, 2013 (6:31 pm)

    I got continuing sleet in Highpoint.

  • Diane December 2, 2013 (6:48 pm)

    about 6pm, heard what I thought was loud heavy downpour of rain; 1/2 hr later, looked out and very surprised to see everything covered in white; Admiral/Belvidere

  • Zoltan December 2, 2013 (6:50 pm)

    frozen stuff on the ground in Youngstown.

  • furiouskitty December 2, 2013 (7:00 pm)

    We got some sort of snow, sleet, grapple in Arbor Heights. Hurray.

  • Alkira December 2, 2013 (7:06 pm)

    a little bit of frozen stuff on ground in Alki area. raining now.

  • Diane December 2, 2013 (7:13 pm)

    Jason (top pic) is 2 blocks from me; thanks Jason

  • MetPatrick December 2, 2013 (7:14 pm)

    @ChrisW… The proper term is “Graupel” just for future reference :)

  • Melissa December 2, 2013 (7:26 pm)

    Any idea what the dozen big bangs were near Lincoln Park were about 10 minutes ago? Fireworks? Did the Hawks do something spectacular?

    • WSB December 2, 2013 (7:27 pm)

      Yes, fireworks from Gatewood. We mentioned it on Twitter and Pam, several blocks south of us, opined it was her neighbors. – TR

  • ms December 2, 2013 (7:33 pm)

    Halftime Fireworks on corner of 41st and Monroe. Police cruiser now cruising the area.

  • DBM December 2, 2013 (7:38 pm)

    Go Hawks!!!

  • cjboffoli December 2, 2013 (7:39 pm)

    Nice to see a Jason Grotelueschen by-line on the WSB once again.

  • Ca December 2, 2013 (7:47 pm)

    Hi everyone how are roads out there? Slick?gotta go out soon and worried

  • Whoops! December 2, 2013 (7:50 pm)

    Not sure I’ve heard the term gruapel before. I was thinking of scrapple bc I’m married a Philly guy. My bad and glad it didn’t snow scrapple!

    • WSB December 2, 2013 (7:57 pm)

      Weather experts could tell you the difference in minute detail between graupel, hail, snow pellets, ice pellets, sleet, freezing rain … I can’t. So when it comes up, we usually throw up multiple terms. Here’s how Wikipedia defines graupel:

  • Diane December 2, 2013 (8:12 pm)

    curious how many people here still use twitter; I haven’t used in couple years; so didn’t see anything about fireworks

  • Philly girl December 2, 2013 (8:15 pm)

    Whoops, I had the same reaction. So glad it didn’t snow scrapple!

  • Whoops! December 2, 2013 (8:29 pm)

    Scrapple falling from the sky might be awesome.

  • Chris W December 2, 2013 (8:57 pm)

    Thanks @MetPatrick I actually get to blame this one on autocorrect. However, “sneet” is my favorite term for it. :)

  • SW December 2, 2013 (8:59 pm)

    It sounds like two transformers just blew nearby. Not sure what direction, but I’m in Arbor Heights.

  • Ray December 2, 2013 (9:05 pm)

    Those were post game fireworks near Delridge/Trenton/.

  • SW December 2, 2013 (9:06 pm)

    Or the Seahawks won, okay, should have read the comments first.

  • Pman December 2, 2013 (9:34 pm)

    Our power still out on Glenridge way in Gatewood. Reported it. Any estimate?

  • JanS December 2, 2013 (9:35 pm)

    pan fried scrapple….with maple syrup…

    grew up in Reading, PA – lol

  • Shannon December 2, 2013 (10:05 pm)

    Go Hawks! Ferris wheel was lit up all blue and green with a football in the middle, pretty sweet. I just came from Alaska Junction to Morgan Junction and there is a light coating of white wintery stuff throughout!

  • metrognome December 2, 2013 (11:33 pm)

    Graupel? Vas ist los? German for snow? Grape Snapple? A new piece of rappelling equipment? I’ve never seen ‘graupel’ in a NYT Crossword puzzle which therefore means there is no such word. On the other hand, I learn several new words a week (the latest being ‘fumet’) so maybe it is a real word. As Rosanne Rosannadannah used to say, ‘Well, Jane, it just goes to show you, it’s always something–if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.’

  • JasonG December 3, 2013 (12:03 am)

    @cjboffoli — thanks, kind sir! My young assistant reporters were more than happy to help* me get this particular shot.

    *throw slushballs at my head

  • miws December 3, 2013 (7:54 am)

    I would mind Grappa falling from the sky!



  • dancing kat December 4, 2013 (10:51 am)

    I have blooming flowers and snow. An odd mix!

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