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

December 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 30 Comments

(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.


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

    Comment by Chris W — 6:31 pm December 2, 2013 #

  2. I got continuing sleet in Highpoint.

    Comment by Ken — 6:31 pm December 2, 2013 #

  3. 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

    Comment by Diane — 6:48 pm December 2, 2013 #

  4. frozen stuff on the ground in Youngstown.

    Comment by Zoltan — 6:50 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by furiouskitty — 7:00 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Alkira — 7:06 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Diane — 7:13 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by MetPatrick — 7:14 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Melissa — 7:26 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by WSB — 7:27 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by ms — 7:33 pm December 2, 2013 #

  12. Go Hawks!!!

    Comment by DBM — 7:38 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by cjboffoli — 7:39 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Ca — 7:47 pm December 2, 2013 #

  15. 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!

    Comment by Whoops! — 7:50 pm December 2, 2013 #

  16. 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:

    Comment by WSB — 7:57 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Diane — 8:12 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Philly girl — 8:15 pm December 2, 2013 #

  19. Scrapple falling from the sky might be awesome.

    Comment by Whoops! — 8:29 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Chris W — 8:57 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by SW — 8:59 pm December 2, 2013 #

  22. Those were post game fireworks near Delridge/Trenton/.

    Comment by Ray — 9:05 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by SW — 9:06 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    Comment by Pman — 9:34 pm December 2, 2013 #

  25. pan fried scrapple….with maple syrup…

    grew up in Reading, PA – lol

    Comment by JanS — 9:35 pm December 2, 2013 #

  26. 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!

    Comment by Shannon — 10:05 pm December 2, 2013 #

  27. 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.’

    Comment by metrognome — 11:33 pm December 2, 2013 #

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

    *throw slushballs at my head

    Comment by JasonG — 12:03 am December 3, 2013 #

  29. I would mind Grappa falling from the sky!



    Comment by miws — 7:54 am December 3, 2013 #

  30. I have blooming flowers and snow. An odd mix!

    Comment by dancing kat — 10:51 am December 4, 2013 #

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