West Seattle Weather Watch: Saturday night snow updates

February 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 120 Comments

(INFOLINKS: Traffic cams here … SDOT plowed/salted map here … Metro on snow routes … Photo to share? editor@westseattleblog.com)

(First photo of tonight’s snow, from Trileigh Tucker, Lincoln Park area)
6:04 PM: Snowing here in Upper Fauntleroy – are you seeing it too? The National Weather Service’s alerts don’t stretch this far, so far – see the current ones here – its updated “forecast discussion” doesn’t think this will get past an inch. We’ll be updating.

6:34 PM: From the WSB Traffic page – where you’ll find many more cameras – that’s the camera pointing at the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct. But we hope you don’t have to go out; slippery out there already.

6:54 PM: Sticking on the road up here – the view is from a moment ago, looking east on Thistle from California. (added) From the westward view on the high bridge – note the snowy Harbor Island ramp below, on the right side:

7:20 PM: Wondering if SDOT will be out, since it’s sticking on streets? Here’s Joe‘s view from Arbor Heights

On Twitter a few minutes ago, the department said plows are standing by:

7:35 PM: Apparently some city equipment IS out and about. Cheryl reports, also via Twitter: “SDOT ice/plow trucks going both directions on the Bridge just now.”

8:01 PM: Two hours now, still hasn’t stopped. An Alki view via Twitter:

Road conditions are increasingly dominating the discussions on the scanner; dispatchers say SDOT is definitely out and hitting arterials around the city. (Few minutes later …) checked outside, about 1″ of snow so far.

8:16 PM: Seattle Fire dispatched to a crash reported at California/Frontenac, western bottom of Gatewood Hill. Reported on scanner to be car vs. tree. And just off Delridge, two crashes reported at Orchard/Dumar. If you really, REALLY have to go out, here’s the SDOT map of where they’ve plowed recently – added to the resource links at the top of this story.

8:44 PM: Metro now says its buses are all on snow routes; find yours here. More crashes – via scanner, SPD says it’s blocking 36th/Thistle after a crash.

9 PM: David sent the clip above from California near Andover. We just did the car-hood check again – about an inch and a half here. Couple miles south of David, here’s our latest pan:

Via Twitter, KFT reports a RapidRide C Line bus got stuck downtown.

9:18 PM: The photo above was texted (206-293-6302, any time!) from south Admiral, where they’re reporting more than two inches of snow. A few blocks east, Crystal just e-mailed (editor@westseattleblog.com, any time!) this photo from Hiawatha:

As MetPatrick tweeted a while ago, this does seem to have an end – check out the KING5.com radar.

9:31 PM: Heavy-rescue call on the SW Genesee hill between Avalon and Delridge, at 30th SW. (Added – photo by Christopher Boffoli:)

(A few minutes later …) also 14th/Holden, car vs. street sign. And police are still trying to keep people off Orchard/Dumar/Delridge intersection & its attendant hills. Overall advice: Avoid ANY hill, arterial or side street. **UPDATE ON FLIPPED CAR** No injuries, Christopher was told at the scene.

10:24 PM: From David:

Also now a blocking crash at 9th/Roxbury. (UPDATE: 3 people hurt, per scanner.) Screengrab from SDOT map shows Roxbury hasn’t been plowed between 9th and 35th.

As for the forecast, seems the NWS finally issued a Winter Weather Advisory at 8:44 pm for this area, almost 3 hours after it started snowing, and it’s in effect until 4 am.

10:53 PM: Bonair, between North Admiral and Alki, is “blocked at the top … Car in ditch, another car in road. Police tape is up at the top of the road,” David reports via e-mail. Back to that 30th/Genesee heavy rescue on the hill east of Avalon, here’s another view from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli:

Again, the driver wasn’t hurt. Heading back from the scene, Christopher noted RapidRide buses having difficulty at 35th/Avalon:

He says neither had chains. Meantime, snow looks to be about 3″ by now.

11:08 PM: And via scanner, we hear SPD asking Metro to just stop sending buses southbound on Avalon, saying four articulated buses are stuck in that area now. Meantime, near Westwood Village, Khang tweeted about a car that got stuck and just kept getting hit – until help was rounded up. Note to those who’ve sent fun snow photos – we’re building a separate gallery and will link it here when available.

12:01 AM: The snow is now very light, and that matches the radar view.

1:34 AM: Still hearing from people re: bus woes – RapidRide in particular. No new info from Metro.

2:07 AM: National Weather Service measured 2.9″ of snow at Sea-Tac – new record for February 8th (more than 2″ over the old record, 0.4″ in 1957).

120 Comments

  1. It is snowing in Highland Park now!

    Comment by BLF — 6:09 pm February 8, 2014 #

  2. It’s Snowing!!!

    Comment by Karen — 6:10 pm February 8, 2014 #

  3. Just started here in Arbor Heights

    Comment by Dapuffin — 6:13 pm February 8, 2014 #

  4. Light flurries here below the Junction. Gotta wax the toboggan.

    Comment by timh2o — 6:15 pm February 8, 2014 #

  5. Snowing in High Point !!

    Comment by Robyn — 6:26 pm February 8, 2014 #

  6. It’s coming down and sticking in North Delridge

    Comment by Leeann — 6:29 pm February 8, 2014 #

  7. Snowing in north Delridge!

    Comment by carolei — 6:33 pm February 8, 2014 #

  8. Makes me laugh because we just watched the TV 6:00 pm news and they said no snow in Seattle.

    Comment by iggy — 6:33 pm February 8, 2014 #

  9. Coming down hard and sticking in South Park! Love it…let’s all do the Snow Dance and keep it coming!

    Comment by Pam — 6:34 pm February 8, 2014 #

  10. Snowing and sticking in Arbor Heights.

    Comment by kevin — 6:35 pm February 8, 2014 #

  11. Weather Radar Seattle Times Newspaper

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/weather/interactive_radar.html

    Comment by John Kincaid — 6:37 pm February 8, 2014 #

  12. Snowing in North Admiral

    Comment by Twobottles — 6:38 pm February 8, 2014 #

  13. Snowing and blowing pretty good in Westwood.

    Comment by Becca — 6:39 pm February 8, 2014 #

  14. Snowing like crazy (and sideways) at the top of Morgan St hill

    Comment by CeeBee — 6:39 pm February 8, 2014 #

  15. Snowing like crazy on Vashon. In line for Fauntleroy ferry and it’s really windy, too.

    Comment by Kate — 6:40 pm February 8, 2014 #

  16. Iggy – that’s funny – we had a snow alert linked in our sidebar as of several hours ago, because the National Weather Service said we might see SOME. Also had the discussion on Twitter about three hours ago, including frequent weather commenter MetPatrick saying it looked to him like things were picking way up. But weather forecasting is hard to do around here!

    Comment by WSB — 6:41 pm February 8, 2014 #

  17. Started in N. Admiral about 5minutes ago. Boys are at the windows with excitement!

    Comment by PDH — 6:43 pm February 8, 2014 #

  18. We heard the fog horns and looked out and it is snowing and sticking to road, etc. We are in North Admiral.

    Comment by Bee — 6:44 pm February 8, 2014 #

  19. Half an inch on my deck railing already in North Admiral. The temperature dropped 5 degrees in the past hour.

    Comment by rpo — 6:46 pm February 8, 2014 #

  20. Has been snowing in north Admiral for about 40 minutes (near Metro market) and is sticking really well in some spots. Seems to be picking up.

    Comment by junctioneer — 6:47 pm February 8, 2014 #

  21. When the TV weather report says no snow… watch out ;-)

    Comment by Twobottles — 6:48 pm February 8, 2014 #

  22. Was in Morgan Junction when it started, and about 30 min. later had to drive up near Alaska Junction. Already a bunch of people on the road who don’t understand bad weather driving – tailgating us on a hill and obviously upset we weren’t driving 40mph on Edmunds. Go slow and give some distance, people! Glad I’m home and don’t have to go anywhere else anytime soon.

    Comment by Sue — 6:50 pm February 8, 2014 #

  23. Beautiful here, but I can’t enjoy it until I hear from husband he made it to work safely :(
    Stay off the roads unless you need to go out and stay warm!

    Comment by Breezy — 6:50 pm February 8, 2014 #

  24. My six year old already convinced me to make a mini snowman for him. Then the dog was let out and poor guy got eaten! Hooray for snow!

    Comment by ghar72 — 7:02 pm February 8, 2014 #

  25. It must have started snowing the moment I drove my car into the garage at 6:00. Did not see a flake while driving. Turned on the computer and read about the snow.

    Comment by Admiral Janeway — 7:06 pm February 8, 2014 #

  26. LOL, Ghar.

    Comment by WSB — 7:10 pm February 8, 2014 #

  27. Snowing on Genesee Hill, about 1/4 inch sticking, dogs are loving it!

    Comment by Jwws — 7:18 pm February 8, 2014 #

  28. Snowing and now snowball fights on Alki!!

    Comment by wiredballywho — 7:33 pm February 8, 2014 #

  29. Just measured 3/4″ in upper alki.

    Comment by Emily — 7:34 pm February 8, 2014 #

  30. Lots of snow on Beach Dr north of Lowman. Sticking (but not on cement yet) and is beautiful. All plants, driftwood, & plants covered with snow.

    Comment by Out for a walk — 7:36 pm February 8, 2014 #

  31. In Sodo on our way home – anybody been on the bridge lately? Thoughts on low bridge as an option?

    Comment by JunctionMeg — 7:39 pm February 8, 2014 #

  32. Had to make the call about whether to tell the babysitter we were going out or staying home when she arrived at 7. We opted to cancel plans and stay home, and looks like it was the right call! It’s still coming down steadily here on Genessee Hill. Be safe out there everyone!

    Comment by NJB — 7:49 pm February 8, 2014 #

  33. I just came across the bridge and it was wet, nothing sticking yet. Side streets are another matter.

    Comment by Jenny — 7:50 pm February 8, 2014 #

  34. I checked with Cheryl via Twitter, since she had mentioned just coming back over the bridge, and she said the same thing as Jenny. I’d also second the warning about side streets. Going back out to look at the ones in our area. If you absolutely HAVE TO go out, drive very slowly … the best lesson I ever learned from co-publisher Patrick Sand, who grew up in snow country – TR

    Comment by WSB — 7:56 pm February 8, 2014 #

  35. It’snow surprise! Snow what I mean!

    Comment by Molly S — 8:01 pm February 8, 2014 #

  36. 3/4 inch top of Charlestown hill.

    Comment by sc — 8:03 pm February 8, 2014 #

  37. We just came from Burien and the snow fall got heavier as we came south, really slippery around 107th and Ambaum.

    Comment by TIna — 8:05 pm February 8, 2014 #

  38. Saw snow plow/salt truck at alaska and fauntleroy.

    Comment by Raincity — 8:38 pm February 8, 2014 #

  39. Umm .. What is Joe from Arbor Heights doing in that picture?

    Comment by quinkygirl — 8:38 pm February 8, 2014 #

  40. Sand truck just zipped by on mission – heading south on 9th Ave SW. Edit: Plow/sander just returned heading north ….and car following just slid out right behind the plow! Going way too fast. Silly people.

    Comment by pretty but wet snow — 8:49 pm February 8, 2014 #

  41. Crossed bridge a bit after 8:20. Absolutely no issues, at least weather-wise. SUV drivers not checking mirrors before lane changes, however, different story. Stopping on downhills in neighborhood, though, was no fun. Glad we’re home and staying here!

    Comment by Randall — 8:52 pm February 8, 2014 #

  42. Very slippery out there even with 4 wheel drive!

    Comment by Tteji — 9:00 pm February 8, 2014 #

  43. Over an inch in Westwood!

    Comment by karen — 9:00 pm February 8, 2014 #

  44. California needs to be plowed. People can’t make it up the hill!!

    Comment by A — 9:04 pm February 8, 2014 #

  45. Bus stuck on SW Roxbury hill. A #21. Because of a couple of cars, that were stuck, the bus lost momentum while it was going up. Watching the whole thing happen from my living room window! If they are on snow routes, you would think that would include putting on chains!

    Comment by Mrsjonesb — 9:06 pm February 8, 2014 #

  46. 2″ and more in admiral, near Stevens & 49th, and no sign of slowing down. Perfect sledding snow :)

    Comment by Mary — 9:11 pm February 8, 2014 #

  47. Almost died in a snowball fight. Sent aggressors downhill. All good.

    Comment by Irukandji — 9:12 pm February 8, 2014 #

  48. Guy in early 90s 2wd Toyota pickup with no weight in back spinning tires endlessly on 49th Ave SW. Guy behind him in 80s Chevy S10 Blazer 4×4 slowly trying not to run into him since he can’t pass him safely.
    .
    Moral of the story. If you can’t drive in snow, don’t have the proper tires or vehicle setup for basic 2″ of snow…don’t.

    Comment by Mike — 9:22 pm February 8, 2014 #

  49. The roads are bad! Cars stuck going up Morgan towards 35th! Avoid Morgan at all costs, take fauntelroy up to 35th if possible, the extra time is more convenient than getting stuck. Sdot isn’t capable of handling this due to their lack of concern when it started. Haven’t checked weather updates but this is thick wet dangerous snow that is slick due to warmer road temperatures. I wouldn’t recommend going above 20 on any street and if you are going downhill keep it to a crawl. Good luck out there!

    Comment by Shawn — 9:22 pm February 8, 2014 #

  50. Close to 2″ in sea view. Driving home to Westwood oughtta be an adventure.

    PLEASE slow down, people. I’m watching cars and trucks doing 40+ on an unplowed road and hearing tons of sirens. Your car may have 4WD but there are people out walking and playing in the snow and you can not stop in time – no matter how good a driver you may be. Slow the heck down!!

    Comment by AG — 9:27 pm February 8, 2014 #

  51. Lincoln Park Way here, the connector street from Lowman Beach, Beach Dr./48th St to the back side of the Kenney and connecting to Fauntleroy: many cars turning around at Murray and going back down to where they came from.

    .

    This street is steeper than you think. Bad bet for regular cars with ‘all weather’ tires. Use a different route.
    .

    My neighbor just took the C Line bus from downtown to W Seattle. Driver put everyone out at Alaska Junction, said he was following snow route instructions.

    Comment by transplantella — 9:41 pm February 8, 2014 #

  52. Anybody know how it is on 35th from avalon towards camp long? Up the Hill?

    Comment by L Bui — 9:42 pm February 8, 2014 #

  53. From scanner traffic, I would say ANY hill is a bad bet. 35th/Roxbury is “full of stuck buses” etc. per a recent tweet, and that’s less steep …

    Comment by WSB — 9:46 pm February 8, 2014 #

  54. Two plow trucks just went by. 35th and Hudson.

    Comment by Sean — 9:57 pm February 8, 2014 #

  55. seattledot ‏@seattledot 2h
    SDOT plows out patrolling. Roads largely bare and wet due to surface temps. Will treat any trouble spots with salt as needed.
    .
    Rusty Bounds ‏@RustyTorpedoes 21m
    @seattledot a little late most of W Seattle is un drivable
    .
    LOL

    Comment by Mike — 10:01 pm February 8, 2014 #

  56. 2.5in here in Morgan Junction!

    Comment by mnw — 10:04 pm February 8, 2014 #

  57. Fairmount avenue by Saltys is treacherous. 2-3″ and still coming down.

    Comment by Alkidoc — 10:04 pm February 8, 2014 #

  58. any reports on Admiral Way up from the bridge? my wife is driving home soon. thx!

    Comment by sna — 10:05 pm February 8, 2014 #

  59. Just went across Roxbury between 17th and 26th, a couple buses and multiple cars stuck on the eastbound side.
    .
    Came up from Burien, also a bunch of spinouts and accidents on Ambaum in the twisty/hilly part between 116th and 120th.

    Comment by RickB — 10:07 pm February 8, 2014 #

  60. I live on 35th and Roxbury – came down Fauntleroy and then up Barton, where the plows have come thru. Glad I looked at the SDOT web link you published on what roads were plowed – THANK YOU WSB!!!

    Comment by Bunnyfer — 10:12 pm February 8, 2014 #

  61. Westwood QFC closed early due to snow. FYI

    Comment by WS born&bred — 10:14 pm February 8, 2014 #

  62. 2.5 inches on Holden off of California. A few cars couldn’t make it up California from Fauntleroy junction…. Slow down- there’s a few people out walking!

    Comment by Elizabeth — 10:17 pm February 8, 2014 #

  63. Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t try that hill on Genessee tonight.

    Comment by Tucker — 10:18 pm February 8, 2014 #

  64. Front porch measurement here in NP, 2-1/4” and still coming down hard. Perfect for snowballs and snowfolks! Why couldn’t this have come down this afternoon – got no one to play with here :(

    Comment by Breezy — 10:18 pm February 8, 2014 #

  65. 2.2 inches at California and Charlestown. Still coming down a lot.

    Comment by Fregirl — 10:18 pm February 8, 2014 #

  66. Just drove home from Mt St Vincent down 35th to Alaska and down Fauntleroy to Lincoln Park – not fun, especially on hills – main streets plowed/packed slush, but slippery – side streets 2″

    Comment by PCM — 10:20 pm February 8, 2014 #

  67. And to think this morning the news said it wouldn’t stick. Avalon is wet and sticking. Side roads are another matter.

    Comment by Saralynn — 10:22 pm February 8, 2014 #

  68. I’ve now seen/heard 3 cars sliding on the curve right after california/fauntleroy and hitting the curb. Slow down out there!

    Comment by mnw — 10:22 pm February 8, 2014 #

  69. Thanks for the store update, WS. But aren’t they usually 24 hours? I haven’t been there in quite some time.

    Comment by WSB — 10:26 pm February 8, 2014 #

  70. A big shoutout to experienced snow drivers Lisa and Zeb over in Highland Park. I made a bad decision just as the snow was beginning to stick, and lost traction, getting stuck on SW Kenyon east of 9th. Zeb drove my car to safety like a pro, saving my car from many likely crashes as drivers continued to slide down that street out of control disregarding the road closure sign.

    Comment by naomi — 10:31 pm February 8, 2014 #

  71. My husband just got home after walking the last 2 miles of his commute from the east side. He reported cars having great difficulty at the hill on 35th and Avalon, he was able to make a right on Avalon and proceeded on Fauntleroy, thinking he could continue to take California Ave south to our westwood home, but cars ahead weren’t making it up the hill past Gatewood Elementary. He was able to park safely and take an impromptu snowy walk home. Good luck out there everyone!

    Comment by Rebecca — 10:37 pm February 8, 2014 #

  72. All this snow its great but with temps changing soon and it’s eventual melt it is real important to keep our storms drains cleared especially in the case where it melts then refreezes and causes slick roads melting snow upon our cement roads has to go somewhere

    Comment by NW — 10:39 pm February 8, 2014 #

  73. Just took 35th from the bridge home to Barton. No problems. Thanks for the updates!

    Comment by S — 10:43 pm February 8, 2014 #

  74. NW has a good point, and while we’ll be on watch for hours to come, tomorrow morning will be big for coverage too, and we’ll be here. This should end, and then the question will be how it melts … temperatures are expected to warm and at least once we get to midday here’s hoping that means at least most major roads become passable again!

    Comment by WSB — 10:47 pm February 8, 2014 #

  75. We were planning to go to the pancake breakfast at Hiawatha in the morning. I wonder if it will be canceled.

    Comment by A — 10:48 pm February 8, 2014 #

  76. Avalon buses haved jammed the intersection at 35th ( coming up hill on Avalon )

    Comment by PDieter — 10:49 pm February 8, 2014 #

  77. A, we’re checking on that and will publish an update as soon as it’s available.

    Comment by WSB — 10:50 pm February 8, 2014 #

  78. Admiral from the bridge is fine. Heading down towards Alki is bad though. Cars sliding off on the first corner. 3″+ in North Admiral.

    Comment by rpo — 10:51 pm February 8, 2014 #

  79. ghar72 — ‘My six year old already convinced me to make a mini snowman for him. Then the dog was let out and poor guy got eaten! Hooray for snow!’
    .
    just to be clear, did the mini-snowman eat the dog, or vice versa? (sorry, I must be channeling Calvin and Hobbes snowmen …)

    Comment by metrognome — 10:56 pm February 8, 2014 #

  80. Looks to be about 2 inches at Lincoln park at least….still coming down…road is slick

    Comment by Sharon — 11:11 pm February 8, 2014 #

  81. Just got back from picking up a friend stranded by the snow. Drove from Seaview (west of Alaska Junction) to the Roxbury Safeway. Passed at least 10 buses, every single one of them was stuck in the snow. If you’re waiting for a bus , it’s going to be a VERY long wait. I would recommend walking if at all possible.

    We were seeing SUV’s sliding on hills. Our Subaru handled the snow like a trooper but most others weren’t, including some SUV’s.

    We did pass a snowplow heading south on 35th by the water tower that was moving at a good clip. Hopefully it’s plowing and sanding at the same time. That was ~10:15 pm.

    Comment by wssz — 11:19 pm February 8, 2014 #

  82. I was in Renton, didn’t know it was snowing. My friend tried giving me a ride home. Everything was fine till Oregon. I live on Andover and usually Oregon is fine. Didn’t get enough speed. Got stuck on hill, but at least parked. Needless to say, we walked the 4 blocks up hill in the snow and she is now spending the night at my house. At least we are warm!! We have at least 2 1/2 inches. Up by the Charlestown water tower.

    Comment by Magpie — 11:23 pm February 8, 2014 #

  83. Roxhill and those double buses with the accordion pleat centers are not a good mix.

    i drove in from Woodinville in this by way of Burien (to avoid the downtown mess) and saw several cars underestimate the slick roads and spin out of control.

    be careful out there…

    Comment by JoB — 11:27 pm February 8, 2014 #

  84. 30th between Brandon and Findlay road is closed but multiple cars tried and are now blocking the street.

    Comment by mollymoe — 11:29 pm February 8, 2014 #

  85. Seaview to Westwood was about a half hour journey at 11:15ish. Got to California and… What’s the street where Cafe Lladro is? Been here ten years and still can’t remember half the street names. I saw half a dozen cars headed south on California up the hill, slowly sliding backward down the hill toward me. I turned around, back to Fauntleroy/Alaska/35th to Trenton. All were slick but plowed until I got to Trenton. Drove slowly and I was fine, but lots of people were trying to take hills too fast and sliding all over. Slow it down and don’t hit the gas pedal so hard, and you’ll be ok if you absolutely must be out and about.

    I was fine til I got home and yanked a muscle getting out of my car into my slippery driveway. In fact, the only time I lost traction all the way home was turning into my own drive. Heh.

    Careful out there if you have to be out in it. It’s still coming down pretty hard.

    Comment by AG — 12:02 am February 9, 2014 #

  86. Anyone know how Meyers way hill is?

    Comment by Neighbor — 12:16 am February 9, 2014 #

  87. AG- Its Myrtle St.

    Comment by Alki resident — 12:20 am February 9, 2014 #

  88. Don’t feel bad, AG, I only really got around to memorizing most of them when we started doing this. The street just south of Ladro, where Little Gym is and where you turn to get to Gatewood Elementary, is Myrtle. (As AR answered while I was typing this!) Trying to detour around safely on a night like this can be somewhat harrowing. I had to do it more than a few nights in my years of working TV downtown on the night shift. Got stuck west of The Junction once trying to cleverly avoid hills; walked 2 miles home, wasn’t going to ask the spouse to load our then-very-very-little kid in the car and come rescue me. Glad you got home OK – everybody who has to get home overnight, go VERY slowly; that’s the expert advice.

    Comment by WSB — 12:22 am February 9, 2014 #

  89. Neighbor – If no one has direct experience, at least we can point out that it has been plowed and de-iced tonight, per the SDOT map:
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    http://web6.seattle.gov/sdot/winterweathermap/

    Comment by WSB — 12:26 am February 9, 2014 #

  90. Poor bus driver! I just went out and gave the driver stuck on Roxhill, a pbj sand, coffee, water, popcorn and some hand warmers, cause he’s been there going on 3 hrs now. He’s been passed by 5 plows, and even a metro/SDOT van. Waiting to get rescued, he said there were 80 buses stuck tonight. So he waits patiently! Bad night to be a bus driver! Good night to be a WSBlog reader!!!!

    Comment by Mrsjonesb — 12:29 am February 9, 2014 #

  91. Thanks for helping! This was one of those storms where I don’t think any of the agencies – Metro, police, etc. – were prepared because the official forecasts said “oh, maybe just a dusting in Seattle,” as opposed to all the times when we hear there’ll be snow and it doesn’t arrive…

    Comment by WSB — 12:33 am February 9, 2014 #

  92. Trying to get back to west seattle via rapid ride. metro is reporting a 90 minute delay. Decided to take bus to be safer than driving and now stranded in cold. Any updates on when the RR will be running again?

    Comment by Julie — 12:40 am February 9, 2014 #

  93. Metro tweeted about an hour ago: “Metro Rt 120 & RapidRide C & D significantly delayed due road conditions. Working to chain coaches & resume svc as soon as possible.” That’s all we’ve heard …

    Comment by WSB — 12:44 am February 9, 2014 #

  94. Traveled from Stevens to California to alaska and onward to 35th. (Subaru outback) Roads were plowed it looked like. I had no trouble at traveling at slow speed. The 128 was able to make the right turn up the hill. No stuck busses from that point. I did not look towards Avalon/downhill. I turned at Juneau so can’t really see if there were any stuck busses going up past the Morgan intersection. This was about 30 mins ago. 12:30. Light snow.

    Comment by L Bui — 12:45 am February 9, 2014 #

  95. Epic fail for the weathermen, nobody was prepared for this and went about their lives and doing things far away from home not cowing we were going to get blasted. So many accidents tonite and many stranded in the cold. I feel sorry for the bus drivers and riders too. We got 6 inches of this ” light dusting”.

    Comment by Alki resident — 12:48 am February 9, 2014 #

  96. A storm?!
    Since when is two inches of precipitation a storm?!

    Comment by Wyrmer — 12:50 am February 9, 2014 #

  97. No C line going to west Seattle. Been waiting since quarter to midnight. The only two RR busses to drive down 3rd ave downtown were headed to the base. With chains…

    Comment by clarence boddicker — 1:24 am February 9, 2014 #

  98. Someone is smowmibiling around Westwood at 1:30 in the morning. So much for sleeping.might as well be out there with a chain saw. . I’m sure they’re having a blast but kind of rude. I’d drive away from the wretched noise if I could get off my block.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 1:33 am February 9, 2014 #

  99. Three…

    Comment by clarence boddicker — 1:40 am February 9, 2014 #

  100. Hi just looked out my window and see that there’s a c line bus jack knifed on SW Barton st/ pl. Blocking both sides of the road.

    Comment by Chris — 1:46 am February 9, 2014 #

  101. Four…

    Comment by clarence boddicker — 1:52 am February 9, 2014 #

  102. First 120 sighting at Virginia. They’re actually letting people on. Woohoo!!

    Comment by clarence boddicker — 1:57 am February 9, 2014 #

  103. Hope you get home safe.

    Comment by WSB — 2:00 am February 9, 2014 #

  104. Alki Resident “Epic failure for weathermen…” – Not really, they said it was possible; “nobody was prepared…” – felt like snow all day so we decided to stay in; “so many accidents” – just a handful of accidents – the usual, people going to fast, taking steep hills etc.; “six inches” -that’s 2 – 3 times what everyone is reporting and at Alki? That’s epic.

    Comment by West Side — 2:17 am February 9, 2014 #

  105. Loading at pike. C line to w Seattle. Only took six fly-bys.

    Comment by clarence boddicker — 2:18 am February 9, 2014 #

  106. Two Tow trucks fillally on scene to help Jack knifed metro bus on SW Barton st.

    Comment by chris — 2:37 am February 9, 2014 #

  107. Thanks Naomi, it was a VERY good thing we got you out of that spot, your car would have been hit, no question. We watched a Range Rover slide right past, all four wheels not even moving!
    We aided at least six people after you and helped avoid multiple fender benders.
    I would still advise avoiding SW Kenyon at 9th. The hill is a slide.

    Comment by Lisa — 6:46 am February 9, 2014 #

  108. Thanks Naomi, it was a VERY good thing we got you out of that spot, your car would have been hit, no question.

    Comment by Lisa — 6:47 am February 9, 2014 #

  109. I agree with Alki Resident. All reports I heard/saw were for light dusting that would last less than an hour.

    I’m thrilled about this beautiful winter wonderland but did drive home from downtown in it after dinner out. Had we known, we would have played it safe and stayed home.

    Comment by West Seattle Wanderer — 6:56 am February 9, 2014 #

  110. Any update on canceled events today? Hiawatha basketball has team pictures early this AM during the pancake breakfast.

    Comment by meg — 7:06 am February 9, 2014 #

  111. West Seattle = hills
    snow on hills = sliding
    cars sliding = accidents

    Comment by sc — 7:10 am February 9, 2014 #

  112. I’m launching morning coverage in a minute.

    Comment by WSB — 7:13 am February 9, 2014 #

  113. just saw one of the plow-trucks working my street ,,thanks to the driver,,, he was doing a turnaround for holden,but thanks anyway..

    Comment by Robert — 7:36 am February 9, 2014 #

  114. Once again, thanks for the great service to our neighborhood ,TR and the entire WSB crew!

    Comment by Chris W — 7:46 am February 9, 2014 #

  115. Thanks. We have Sunday morning coverage launched separately. ANYONE going to ANY event who knows if it’s on or off – we have to stay on the desk for at least the morning – in particular, I’m still trying desperately for a status check on Hiawatha.

    Comment by WSB — 7:53 am February 9, 2014 #

  116. Mrsjonesb, You absolutely Rawk!

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 8:34 am February 9, 2014 #

  117. Just got back from a walk – SW Juneau Street (from the top of 35th Ave SW down to SW Fauntleroy) – don’t even think of even trying to drive up or down that street – it’s steep and becomes a sheet of ice whenever it snows!
    Plus neighborhood folks are now out sledding down the hill.

    Comment by BookGal — 9:05 am February 9, 2014 #

  118. @Westside- I was hit in Highland Park last nite. We had a lot more snow up there than the lower part of WS. Someone mentioned last nite that it looked like about 5-6 inches. Who cares,look back at weatherman reports. People did not expect this dumping.

    Comment by Alki resident — 3:16 pm February 9, 2014 #

  119. I was on the 2nd bus in the pic and the driver was trying to get around the bus in front as the driver of the 1st bus was not even trying to move his bus. yet the riders of these buses were all told metro had some kind of a shuttle bus running from the west seattle jct going to the morgan jct and the ferry. many of us on the buses were asking if that was true why was metro not sending that shuttle to come pick us up where the 3 buses were all stuck with no responce from any of these 3 bus drivers!!!! why were all 3 drivers saying that metro had some kind of a shuttle does anyone know????? being disabled and stuck and then basiclly forced to walk to where the metro drivers were stating there was a bus to get me closer to my stop was way out of the way if i was going to have to walk all the way home i feel it is just really sad as snow was forcast for days before it hit. so once again metro and metro’s management failed the riders of metro. how many more times as riders do we have to deal with metro not learning that the 60′ buses don’t do good in snow? do we as riders have to be on buses that crash and be come injured or killed in mass numbers before the bean counters do something to correct this on going problem with metro!!!!!!!

    Comment by michael ford — 4:20 pm February 9, 2014 #

  120. Alki Resident, Yes someone’s tree at the highest point in the city may have had a little more snow. The attitude of “Epic failure, accidents everywhere, OMG, blah blah ” = boring. When people with 10 year old front wheel drive cars are driving down California ave at 10am following a “dumping” I’m not so sure you can describe it that way. Seriously, the world would be ending if you were in Portland this weekend. Drama!!!

    Comment by West Side — 9:28 pm February 9, 2014 #

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