West Seattle snow: Friday morning traffic updates, school info, more

December 20, 2013 at 4:48 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 95 Comments

(KEY INFO, 11:42 AM: Seattle Public Schools 2 hours late; other school changes/closures too, all listed hereMetro starting to return to normal after a morning on snow routes … SDOT snow-response map here)

(Latest bridge and Viaduct views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
4:48 AM: The snow has arrived. Light coating on cars, some on the ground, but not the street, where we are. How about you? The Winter Weather Advisory for our area is now in effect until 10 am, and the forecast still says snow might continue until late morning before turning to rain. SDOT says its crews are out:

The Seattle Department of Transportation crews worked through the night treating hills and curves on snow routes with anti-icer. Bridges and overpasses have also been treated. By 3:30 a.m. light snowfall began at various locations around the city with no accumulations. At 4 a.m. the department dispatched 21 trucks equipped with plows and salt to patrol city streets in advance of the morning commute.

(SDOT cam at Fauntleroy/Alaska; more cameras here)
5:08 AM: It’s starting to stick on the road. (Remember the city maps plowed/de-iced routes here.) King County just announced the Vashon Water Taxi is canceled for today (which at the very least will affect buses from the Fauntleroy ferry area as commuters come in via WSF instead).

(Thanks to Richard for tweeting that photo from Delridge/Andover)
5:34 AM: Just in from Seattle Public Schools – “2 Hours Late, No Headstart, no AM or PM kindergarten/preschool, Buses on snow routes.” (And today’s 1-hour early release is still in the plan, too.) We are listing ALL area school changes/closures of note here, and you will find that link as well as other key links/toplines at the very top of this story.

6 AM: Metro has just announced ALL buses are on snow routes TFN. We also just got a text from a 21 rider saying her/his bus is stuck on the West Seattle Bridge eastbound on-ramp. Meantime, Highline Public Schools (White Center and points south) just announced it’s CLOSED; adding that to the school-info page. We are getting private-school reports now too (please e-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com or call/text 206-293-6302).

6:29 AM: More school delays/closures – Hope Lutheran, Our Lady of Guadalupe, (added later) West Seattle Montessori are closed, Seattle Lutheran, Westside, Explorer West, Holy Rosary, South Seattle Community College all starting late – details here. Traffic note: Spinout crash on the southbound 1st Avenue South bridge; 21 bus reported to still be stuck on its onramp to the West Seattle Bridge (update: a few minutes later, “broke free,” reports Luke on board).

6:57 AM: Again, all Metro buses are now on snow routes, but some are still getting into trouble – from comments, a 21X is now reported stuck at 100th/44th in Arbor Heights.

7:15 AM: Thanks to Greg for that photo from 55th/Alki. We shared via Instagram a quick clip of conditions at Thistle/California as of 7 am – see it here. Meantime, if you have Friday trash pickup, Waste Management says there are some delays today but if they do NOT get to you today, they will “collect your regular amount of recycling, garbage and food and yard waste” tomorrow (Saturday, December 21st).

7:49 AM: Sue just sent word of a spinout crash on 4th Ave. S. under the bridge at S. Spokane. Roads in SODO are bare and wet, judging by this traffic cam further north on 4th. Also, just noticed when going back out that the snow is quick to turn to sloppy slush after it’s been walked on – so this does seem likely to be short-lived. So get out and build a snowperson if you can – here’s a 4 1/2-foot one just built by the “Bear boys” in Arbor Heights:

Back to traffic – a reminder and report from Cathy:

Please let people know to slow down approaching the “S” curves south of the 4800 block of W Marginal Way. Accident in the SB lanes (at least two vehicles that I could see) and I think SB traffic was being diverted to the two way turn lane. Officer(s) on site, but not many are slowing down approaching the accident despite the police flashers being on. There’s a lot of slush on the road here, and hoping you can get people to slow down before we start witnessing the yearly sight of cars flying out of the curves.

8:27 AM: From comments, multiple reports of a bus blocking the Olson/1st/etc. onramp to northbound 509. Meantime, SDOT continues working on roads; Pam reports from Gatewood that a snowplow’s been seen on SW Holden. We photographed one headed eastbound on Thistle past 42nd:

Also, in case you were wondering – roads are bare and wet in The Junction, as we go into one of the last few shopping days before Christmas:

Reminder that some schools are starting late – so the roads are going to get busier in the next hour and a half or so, in school zones. All the school closures/changes we have are listed here.

9:19 AM: And some photos on the ground from the Junction vicinity, from WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli. Crossing SW Oregon:

Junction Plaza Park on SW Alaska:

And California SW:

Thanks also to everyone who’s sent/sending fun photos – we’ll be building a gallery with those next, after transitioning out of this traffic/schools/etc. report, plus we have a couple non-snow stories to share.

11:16 AM NOTE: Some Metro routes are returning to normal. Meantime, the Vashon Water Taxi will be running again this afternoon.

95 Comments

  1. Yup, snowing here in Westwood. About 1/4 inch on the ground. Can’t see the street from my house…

    Comment by Susan — 5:00 am December 20, 2013 #

  2. …but I’ve got someplace to go, please don’t snow, don’t snow…don’t snow…

    Comment by snow shoo — 5:01 am December 20, 2013 #

  3. Admiral/Belvidere; light flakes started 4am; getting heavier, sticking to cars; city view disappeared; now streets are white

    Comment by Diane — 5:06 am December 20, 2013 #

  4. Arbor Heights has about 1/4th of an inch and its definitely sticking to the roads.

    Comment by Dustin — 5:12 am December 20, 2013 #

  5. when I left Arbor Heights at 3:20 for work, it was just starting, and in front of the Delridge on ramp to the bridge its sticking!

    Comment by coffee — 5:20 am December 20, 2013 #

  6. Good morning W. Sea….

    In case you haven’t noticed or better yet refuse to acknowledge the white stuff falling out of the sky, It IS snowing around the region and will continue until about 10 – 11 am before DP’s ( Dew Points) and Temps rise steadily turning the snow over to rain and creating ” Slush ” puddles throughout the city and various environs.

    Current NWS forecast calls for ( Up To ) 3 inches in the Metro area. Less nearer water and more on hills or with elevation.

    SW winds will develop and mix down to the surface from 850mb and scour out the shallow layer of cold air allowing the snow now.

    No more snow FOR SURE after noon for the metro area.

    Enjoy the serenity of it all as it wont last.

    Don’t forget to follow WSB and me @ Twitter

    https://twitter.com/MetPatrick22

    Comment by MetPatrick — 5:22 am December 20, 2013 #

  7. not looking forward to this morning’s drive. :-\

    Comment by Lil — 5:27 am December 20, 2013 #

  8. 26th Ave SW in N. Delridge is covered along with all cars within view of the warm confines of my house… I hear the goose down comforter calling my name

    Comment by MetPatrick — 5:28 am December 20, 2013 #

  9. Wow, snowplow just came down SW Henderson St. I understand being prepared but it sounded like it they just took off top layer of asphalt.

    Comment by D — 5:29 am December 20, 2013 #

  10. Oh yeah, it’s sticking on my street in Westwood.
    Cliff Mass’ magical, mystical mathmatics computator has ruled the day!

    Comment by Friend O'Dinghus — 5:31 am December 20, 2013 #

  11. Looking at my car out the window I’d guess a half inch at least here on my end of Arbor Heights.

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 5:34 am December 20, 2013 #

  12. Just read 2 hour delay for Seattle School District.

    Comment by LisaS — 5:39 am December 20, 2013 #

  13. Close to 1/2″ at 42nd and Admiral. Definitely calling into work this morning.

    Comment by Nick — 5:46 am December 20, 2013 #

  14. 2 hour late start, one hour early dismissal for school. What’s the point the day before break???

    Comment by add — 5:52 am December 20, 2013 #

  15. Snowing hard up in Admiral Area! About 1.5 inches on the ground!

    Comment by Staceydev — 5:52 am December 20, 2013 #

  16. Thank goodness for WSB–we haven’t gotten the SPS robo-call and the 2 hr late start isn’t on the website!

    Comment by carraig na splinkeen — 5:57 am December 20, 2013 #

  17. I-5 clear

    Comment by mcf — 5:58 am December 20, 2013 #

  18. Thanks for the school delay info. The Twitter account is still asleep and the website has nothing. Our son’s preschool follows the district’s lead.

    Comment by Mightymoh — 5:58 am December 20, 2013 #

  19. How is the commute out of west Seattle? Trying to figure out if I should leave now or delay heading up to NE Seattle magnuson park

    Comment by Lina — 5:58 am December 20, 2013 #

  20. An hour later it looks like we’re up to 3/4 of an inch in Arbor Heights. Still coming down pretty decently (small flakes)

    Picture of my porch & yard

    Comment by Dustin — 5:59 am December 20, 2013 #

  21. 1-1.5″, roads are covered, and it’s still snowing. Metro on snow routes….and SPS only a 2hr delay to go along with the 1 hr early dismissal? Expecting a closure and “way to go Cliff Mass!!”

    Comment by Gatewood Sue — 6:03 am December 20, 2013 #

  22. MMoh – It first came in via flashalert.net, which I just discovered SPS uses now, then via media-relations e-mail from SPS. But aside from our role as media – as an SPS parent, I don’t think we’ve seen anything on our personal account yet! Meantime, we also will post any change info for the schools we know more than a few West Seattleites attend – Vashon, Highline, etc. – as is our standard policy for snow days, we have a separate page listing school changes/closures so they can be easily re-found after we mention them in the main stream. Linked atop the main bar AND in the sidebar. – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 6:04 am December 20, 2013 #

  23. @add- The reason the SPS district would want to proceed with a late arrival/early dismissal day, rather than calling it off completely, is that it then doesn’t count as a snow day that needs to be made up at the end of the year. Especially since we don’t know what’s ahead for later this winter as far as snow days, they probably don’t want to lose a day early. I understand your perspective, but with this other info in mind, I think it’s a smart call to go ahead with school today, even though it’s chopped at both ends.

    Comment by wsneighbor — 6:05 am December 20, 2013 #

  24. Going to attempt to get to Fremont via Roxbury>Olson-Myers Hill>99 North>Viaduct>Aurora Bridge.

    I’ll follow-up once I make it and let folks know what the roads look like.

    Comment by Dustin — 6:12 am December 20, 2013 #

  25. For the safety of all out there on the road ,you are,traffic be responsible, DONT TEXT WHILE YOU ARE,DRIVING OR BEHIND THE WHEEL! And have a great day it’s beautiful out there. Be careful. Right on Dustin once you arrive I imagine

    Comment by NW — 6:15 am December 20, 2013 #

  26. Thanks, Dustin!

    Comment by WSB — 6:18 am December 20, 2013 #

  27. Just drove to Boeing Field via Fauntleroy>WSB>I-5 and everything was ok. A little slow as people are understandably being cautious on the roads, but I didn’t see any accidents.

    Comment by iamseriodotus — 6:22 am December 20, 2013 #

  28. I just got the robocall – 2 hours late

    Comment by Cami — 6:28 am December 20, 2013 #

  29. Are you kidding??? All of this for parents to deal with for three hours of school! And that includes the lunch break! Give me a break!

    Comment by fering — 6:28 am December 20, 2013 #

  30. Got email from SPS – our kids attend Alki Elem.
    Dear Families,

    Due to concerns about hazardous road conditions, including icy roads, schools will start two hours later than their usual start times. Buses will operate on snow routes; however, there will be no door-to-door transportation service and no preschool or Head Start.

    There is also a one-hour early release today, as previously scheduled, in advance of Winter Break.

    Thank you,
    Office of Public Affairs

    Comment by Cynthia — 6:30 am December 20, 2013 #

  31. Why couldn’t my sick days on Monday and Tuesday of this week coincide with the snow. Not looking forward to going out in this. Hoping the rains do come and wash it away by the afternoon commute.

    Comment by Sue — 6:30 am December 20, 2013 #

  32. Is the west seattle water taxi still running this morning? Looks to be but I hesitate to make the trek…

    Comment by Kate — 6:31 am December 20, 2013 #

  33. From school website looks like OLG is closed today.

    Comment by Kadoo — 6:31 am December 20, 2013 #

  34. Yipppeee!

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 6:32 am December 20, 2013 #

  35. If MetPatrick and Cliff Mass have it right about snow ’til 10 or so, I’m wondering if the SPS 2-hour late start is overly optimistic (or pessimistic ;)

    Comment by Em — 6:33 am December 20, 2013 #

  36. Be aware that if you’re trying to take The C Line to downtown and need to be there at a certain time, the snow route means the bus will not take the WS Bridge or the viaduct and instead drives through Sodo. I’d recommend trying to take an earlier one if needed.

    Comment by Michelle — 6:36 am December 20, 2013 #

  37. Kate – Vashon has been canceled but there is no change to the West Seattle route that we have heard. Kadoo – thank you for that; I have not had a chance to proactively look at websites for schools that haven’t contacted us but am making those rounds shortly … Again, ALL school changes/closures that we have are listed here – including Vashon (delayed) & Highline (closed) plus local private schools – OLG just texted, updating … TR

    Comment by WSB — 6:37 am December 20, 2013 #

  38. Olsen-Meyers is backed up onto Roxbury. Inching down the hill. The on ramp onto 99 N looks bad and cars are going one. at. a. time. 99 itself looks okay…if I can figure out how to get on it.

    Google mapping from South Park to figure out my next move.

    Comment by Dustin — 6:42 am December 20, 2013 #

  39. Sorry 509 N, not 99.

    Comment by Dustin — 6:45 am December 20, 2013 #

  40. Alki Avenue has about 1.5 inches but imagine that will clear once the traffic starts. Be safe all!

    Comment by GJP2011 — 6:48 am December 20, 2013 #

  41. I was out walking the dog and witnessed a completely avoidable near-accident. Come on, people. Sweep the snow off your side and rear windows before you start driving around. Not everything on the road is directly ahead of you.

    Comment by Huindekmi — 6:50 am December 20, 2013 #

  42. No plow yet on Thistle. My rear wheel drive pick up won’t make it to 35th without the plow. I barley made it around the block back home. Missing my Subaru :(

    Comment by Jen in Gatewood — 6:50 am December 20, 2013 #

  43. Left Admiral @ 6:15, got to Ballard about 10 minutes ago. Roads are slushy, be careful changing lanes when you are going through the road slurpees. Slow and steady!

    Comment by tracielu — 6:50 am December 20, 2013 #

  44. There is snow down on Alki but I’m seeing the buses and cars driving fine in it. Just wondering what it’s like going up Admiral and over the bridge.

    Comment by Lisette — 6:51 am December 20, 2013 #

  45. The 21X bus is stuck at the corner of sw100th and 44 ave sw.

    Comment by boy — 6:54 am December 20, 2013 #

  46. Does anyone know if the water taxi free bus shuttle is running??

    Comment by M — 6:55 am December 20, 2013 #

  47. M – buses are all on snow routes; so far no word of any routes CANCELED …

    Comment by WSB — 6:56 am December 20, 2013 #

  48. For those wondering about the Rapid ride C bus…they seem to be running about 20 mins apart. Barton is slow but roads are fine.

    Comment by Jon — 7:00 am December 20, 2013 #

  49. Anyone know how California is or hill at thistle and California? Gotta go that way ….

    Comment by Ca — 7:08 am December 20, 2013 #

  50. Just got an email from our teacher at West Seattle Montessori- Closed!

    Comment by Jena — 7:14 am December 20, 2013 #

  51. Just took 116 to downtown. Was on time, though could tell the driver had her hands full on the upper bridge.

    Comment by Julie — 7:17 am December 20, 2013 #

  52. I’m remembering snow a couple years ago – three was a Seattle Public Schools two hour late start due to snow, then we got the kids to school, and then we got a call saying “come get them!” just an hour later. Today I’m wondering how this is going to go: it’s 7:20 and still snowing (near the West Seattle Nursery), an inch and a half or more on the ground in front of my house, but they think that in two hours it will be better than it is now? I wish they’d just cancel and we’d pull out the sleds. :-) Snow is so rare here – we need time to build a snowman!

    Comment by Kristina — 7:21 am December 20, 2013 #

  53. Thanks, Kelsey and Jena – I had checked their site and FB page a little while ago and nothing there at the time. Will add to our list.

    Comment by WSB — 7:22 am December 20, 2013 #

  54. I had trouble eastbound from California to 35th so I went the other way down California to Morgan. Just pump the brakes & gear down to 2nd. All other roads are bare and wet. I made it downtown in less than 10 minutes. Thanks everyone for staying home and making the commute extra easy!

    Comment by Jen in Gatewood — 7:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  55. If anyone can confirm that they’ve taken the water taxi this morning, that’d be fantastic. Thanks!

    Comment by Wsgolfer — 7:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  56. Made it to Fremont. Getting onto 509 N was the only hairy part.

    After the first Ave. bridge it was smooth sailing. People are going slower that usual, but the roads are just a little slushy/wet. 25 min. commute took 45 min., but that was just the re-route from 509 to 99.

    Co-worker from Ravenna/Greenlake says they have 4 inches. Fremont/Gasworks Park area seems to only have about 1/2 in.

    Comment by Dustin Smith — 7:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  57. Drove to Bellevue this morning. A little slower than normal but not bad. Admiral to WS Bridge was just fine. Bellevue has quite a bit of snow!! Wish I was home playing. :(

    Comment by Bsmomma — 7:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  58. Just got this alert from the water taxi: “Dec 20- The Water Taxi is running normal service this morning on the West Seattle route.”

    Comment by soosan — 7:28 am December 20, 2013 #

  59. Any new word from Seattle public schools? I know there is a 2hour late start, but is there any chance of the schools closing?

    Comment by Student — 7:29 am December 20, 2013 #

  60. Just another example of how poorly run SPS is. No common sense or comprehension of how their narrow minded approaches affect the big picture.

    Comment by snowmonger — 7:29 am December 20, 2013 #

  61. My 55 bus came right on time and ride is normal so far.

    Comment by KS in WS — 7:37 am December 20, 2013 #

  62. My wife just tried to catch the 131 bus on Highland PK WY and someone came by telling her that he waited for an hour and no bus so she is driving in. Doesn’t look that bad.

    Comment by Steph — 7:40 am December 20, 2013 #

  63. Student – no, no changes from SPS. I just went back outside and the snow is already turning slushy underfoot, so this really doesn’t look like it’s going to be around for long.

    Comment by WSB — 7:41 am December 20, 2013 #

  64. I believe there is still kindergarten for Seattle Public schools. The email I received from the district said that preschool/head start were cancelled, but nothing about kindergarten.

    Comment by Kte — 7:42 am December 20, 2013 #

  65. 25 minutes from Admiral to UW. Not bad. be safe everyone.

    Comment by SHQ — 7:43 am December 20, 2013 #

  66. Just to clarify and add to Snowmonger… The problem here is not the safety issue of getting the kids to school two hours late. The problem is the selfishness and lack of reason is calling a 2 hour delay on an early release day – last day before the break. Parents dealing with adjusting their work schedules… Get the kids to school (for lunch and some shuffling around) and then run back to get them. Bingo – no snow day to make up for at the end of the year??? Really? And somehow today counts as a day of school???

    Comment by fering — 7:49 am December 20, 2013 #

  67. I don’t think you will go to truancy court if you decided to keep your kids home today. Not a huge academic day. Just sayin’, enjoy the rare natural wonder and quit yer criticism of a tough call.

    Comment by Teacher — 8:05 am December 20, 2013 #

  68. Today’s decision by the school district is another example of making decisions with no regard to working parents. Not everyone has a benefit plan like employees for SPS. Today working parents are forced to use valuable sick, vacation or PTO days to watch children who should be in class. Many more parents don’t even have a benefit plan and don’t get paid if they don’t work. SPS’s decision will cost real money for those families not fortunate to have a “day off with the kids”.

    Comment by David Brown — 8:10 am December 20, 2013 #

  69. There’s a bus blocking the N-bound on ramp to 509 at Olsen Place/Roxbury. Doesn’t look good.

    Comment by KK — 8:14 am December 20, 2013 #

  70. My husband just called to say a bus is blocking the on-ramp to 509 at Olsen.

    Comment by PSB — 8:21 am December 20, 2013 #

  71. I’m glad SPS called 2 hours. The last thing we need at 6am are high schoolers driving to school. That’s a huge liability.

    Comment by Trickycoolj — 8:21 am December 20, 2013 #

  72. How’s Admiral Way? Gotta get up there from N Delridge…

    Comment by Delridge — 8:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  73. Thanks for the 509/Olsen reports – adding that to the narrative and to our Twitter reports. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:26 am December 20, 2013 #

  74. Me personally am glad to know our child is at home safe and snuggled rather than trying to get to school with all the high strung people in a rush! Jeez! Deep breath iiiinnn and ooooout. I get people are tight on money. People “can’t” miss work but it is what it is. You can’t change it right now. Don’t take it personally. Stay Calm and go throw some snow balls at a wall or tree. Take a moment to enjoy this rare event with your kids!

    Comment by Bsmomma — 8:38 am December 20, 2013 #

  75. I’m no fan of SPS, but they had to make the call while the snow was coming down and most of us were still asleep. They have to consider every child’s safety on buses and routes to school and I’m glad they err toward safety. I’m just as inconvenienced as everyone else and I’m still fine with their decision.

    Comment by NeighborMom — 8:40 am December 20, 2013 #

  76. At West Seattle High School, the school announced the two-hour-late start over the intercom yesterday.
    .
    I am wondering whether the district actually made this decision yesterday based on the forecast of a slushy commute, told school administrators, and simply waited until this morning to make the public announcement. Or was it just so obvious what the decision would be that WSHS staff were confident in their ability predict the decision?
    .
    I don’t see how the district could do anything other than this decision. Yes, it’s a pain for working parents, but how society should/could adjust to better support families is a bigger discussion than Seattle Public Schools.

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 8:41 am December 20, 2013 #

  77. @Teacher: yes, enjoy the rare natural wonder. Then warm up with hot cocoa served to you by someone who scrambled for daycare so they could show up and earn a paycheck. Leave an extra tip for the server who couldn’t find daycare and has to stay home without pay.

    Comment by David Brown — 8:43 am December 20, 2013 #

  78. No, Lura, WSHS did NOT make a late arrival announcement yesterday. The announcement was that IF there was a late arrival the assembly would still be held. Don’t believe everything your kid/s tell you.

    Comment by Em — 8:47 am December 20, 2013 #

  79. I just want to clarify – I don’t at all fault them for not starting school on time today – I agree it wouldn’t have been safe, etc… BUT what is crazy is to have school AT ALL today since it is already an early release day. Kids will be in school for three hours including lunch. Dumb.

    Comment by fering — 9:01 am December 20, 2013 #

  80. seems like the buses should go back to regular routes (not snow routes). the roads look pretty bare and wet now that everyone has been driving on them. I mean, even Genesee by the golf course is open

    Comment by sam-c — 9:06 am December 20, 2013 #

  81. Best commute ever! Wish it would snow everyday. Drove from Admiral to downtown.

    Comment by workdowntown — 9:10 am December 20, 2013 #

  82. @David Brown, wow, nice, trying to blame teachers for your trouble. Yeah, those carefree and lazy teachers, or really anyone enjoying the day. They all should apologize to you right now, lol.

    Comment by get over yourself — 9:15 am December 20, 2013 #

  83. Roads are pretty clear. Delridge was clear and the bridge was good to go. WS to UW same time as my usual commute.

    Please drive safely.

    Comment by Ms. — 9:19 am December 20, 2013 #

  84. Pair of buses and couple of vehicles seemed to have gotten stuck getting onto Northbound 99 from Olson/Roxbury about a half hour ago.

    Comment by Mike — 9:24 am December 20, 2013 #

  85. I want to remind everyone that SPS has A very important job of serving lunch to a lot of children who may have no other meal that day. One more hot meal before two weeks of uncertainty is a good thing. If your kid is warm and fed, keep them home if you want. Good call SPS.

    Comment by Laura — 9:30 am December 20, 2013 #

  86. Teachers did not make the decision in regards to today’s schedule. They have no pull over administrative decisions. If you’re upset, take it up with the higher ups. P.S. Kids’ safety > your disrupted personal schedule.

    Comment by Liz — 9:37 am December 20, 2013 #

  87. weird, my comment about the buses disappeared yet all David Brown’s comments are still here.

    Comment by sam-c — 9:38 am December 20, 2013 #

  88. Kudos to SDOT for getting ahead of the snow. I left Belvidere at 6:35 AM arrived at my Fremont office via High level WSB and HYW 99 at 7:05 AM. Just wet roads all the way from Admiral & 38th AVE SW.

    Comment by Snack — 9:41 am December 20, 2013 #

  89. love the pic of the woman walking the afghan!!

    Comment by Stephanie — 9:51 am December 20, 2013 #

  90. My mom was a teacher. She said she hated doing the parent-teacher conferences. After reading some of these parents’ comments, I can sure see why.

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 9:59 am December 20, 2013 #

  91. Metro just sent an empty C line to Junction. So many people were waiting that it was filled and standing room only before we pulled away from curb.

    Comment by chris w — 10:29 am December 20, 2013 #

  92. I love the photo of the afghan too!

    Comment by helridge — 10:33 am December 20, 2013 #

  93. Personally, I’m glad they didn’t close the schools today. The day before Winter Break is a day of classroom parties and fun; I doubt there is ever a lot of academics going on whether the day is 3 hours long or 6 hours long. I’m happy to not have to tack on another day at the end of the school year.

    Comment by Apey — 11:49 am December 20, 2013 #

  94. Just as a postscript: I never mentioned “teachers”, rather “@teacher” an individual who posted we should all be happy and enjoy the snow, which I felt was dismissive to people who are more than just inconvenienced by the District’s decision but financial impacted by it.
    This misreading only proves how important teachers are to public discourse. My point, along with others, is the delay plus early dismissal wreaks havoc with work schedules and impacts families. All so the District’s administrators can avoid a snow day.

    Comment by David Brown — 12:07 pm December 20, 2013 #

  95. people need to remember that it’s ONE DAY in the scheme of things…roll with it, and just be safe. It’ll be gone before you know it. And…there are many hazards in a parent’s life…this may be one of them, but it’s such a small thing, I don’t get some of the vitriol. We all knew this was coming…

    Comment by JanS — 1:04 pm December 20, 2013 #

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