West Seattle, Washington
ORIGINAL REPORT, 8:24 PM: That’s a screengrab from SDOT’s Winter Weather Response map (click the image to go to the “live” map), showing where city crews have pre-treated roads in this area in the past few hours. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement alert warning about potentially icy roads:
Rain and snow showers will end across the lowlands of Western Washington this evening. Skies will begin clearing later tonight, allowing low temperatures to dip to near or below freezing in many areas. The coldest temperatures in the mid and upper 20s are expected in outlying areas away from the water. Some roads that are still wet or slushy will freeze late tonight and Monday morning. Icy roads should be anticipated for the Monday morning commute. Lows in the metro areas may also reach near freezing and some side roads or hills could also have icy spots.
After this, the forecast warms up gradually throughout the week, toward a high around 50 on Friday.
MONDAY MORNING: The alert was lifted overnight – temperatures have remained above freezing.
(UPDATED MONDAY NIGHT with documents from meeting)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Will Camp Second Chance get a second year at its Myers Way Parcels site?
That question was brought up many times on a cold, snowy afternoon when the idea of living outdoors seemed difficult to grasp, as the Community Advisory Committee for West Seattle’s city-sanctioned encampment met indoors. The group meets monthly at Arrowhead Gardens, a few blocks north of CSC’s site at 9701 Myers Way [map].
Along with the recurrent question about how long the camp would stay at the city-owned site, the committee heard updates on its current occupancy, which is down significantly.
On hand from the committee were Willow Fulton, a nearby resident, Aaron Garcia from the White Center Community Development Association, and Cinda Stegner from the Westside Interfaith Network, a coalition of West Seattle-area faith-based organizations. From the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI), which is now the camp’s operator, were executive director Sharon Lee and Josh Castle. And the lone city rep was, from the Department of Neighborhoods, Tom Van Bronkhorst.
The first update was from David, described as being authorized to speak for the camp board and as “a friend of the camp” who said he’s been serving as a mediator between CSC and LIHI. He said LIHI had recently delivered four more tiny homes and “a huge load of supplies – everything from kitchen supplies to coffee, flashlights, extension cords, and batteries” to the camp.
“It has been a process of the two organizations getting to know each other,” he said, working to “develop a constructive relationship.” That was an improvement from the bumpy initial relationship described at last month’s committee meeting.
Our second report today of sizable items taken in a car prowl. This report is from Paul in the 3500 block of SW 98th [map] in Arbor Heights, where the theft happened sometime this weekend:
The main thing that was stolen was a large gear bag (black PGA golf bag with wheels) that contained kite-surfing gear:
10 and 12 meter kites
Bar and line
Long board skateboard
About $2500 worth of stuff to the right person but worthless to most people
I also lost a black briefcase that had my entire financial life in it and an old MacBook Pro.
Hopefully the criminals just dumped it all somewhere and I can recover it soon.
If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 17-410552.
Students from Okinawa visited with Sealth Japanese-language students at High Point library. The program is called Kakehashi Project – a week-long exchange to boost understanding with American high school students. This program has been around for years and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan.
SIDE NOTE: CSIHS welcomes prospective students and their families – current 8th graders, in particular – to visit this Thursday night (November 9th), 6-7:30 pm.
If you’re wondering whether this afternoon’s Longfellow Creek celebration is still happening on this snowy, chilly afternoon – yes, but at a new location. Signs at the originally announced Dragonfly Pavilion site will point you to Delridge Community Center.
Seattle Parks reps there joked that they thought they would only have to deal with the Seahawks game as competition for the event – not the Seahawks and snow. Nonetheless, they’ll be there with information about the creek, its environment, and its wildlife until 4 pm.
Matt lives across SW Frontenac from the north side of Gatewood Elementary and is asking you to watch out for guitars stolen from his car:
I’m kicking myself for making the mistake, but I left my guitars in my truck out in front of our house on the evening of Thursday November 2nd. When I went out to my truck to go to work on Friday morning, I knew right away what had happened. Someone had broken in and stolen my guitars and my backpack with song books, journal etc. We love our neighborhood, but I never leave things in our vehicles for this reason. Sadly, I blanked out this time and paid for it. Here are some more details as to what was taken in the off chance they cross people’s paths.
Taylor 714 Acoustic Guitar – serial #20060209124
Vintage Classical Guitar – circa early 70’s with distinctive wear around the sound hole where someone played it with a pick long ago and scratched up the soundboard.
It seems crazy that I don’t know the make given how long I’ve had the guitar and how much I love it, but it’s true. I seem to remember it being a Japanese maker, perhaps starting with an M. …
Northface Backpack, black – contents include a song book, journal, egg shakers, harmonica, harmonica holder, and other odds and ends etc. In short, things that would be meaningless to others, but matter to me.
A police report is filed among other steps Matt has taken to get the word out. If you have any info on the stolen items, you can refer to SPD incident # 2017-409388.
10:09 AM SUNDAY: Thanks to Brian and Allison for the tips on this: A short police search is over after a driver crashed that car up onto the corner of Fauntleroy and Edmunds on the south side of The Whittaker (WSB sponsor). The building itself wasn’t damaged – the car was stopped by a concrete planter/bench. When Brian called it in, he was told the driver had run from the scene, and was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, related to an earlier call near Fairmount Park. Police did confirm to us that the driver ran but is now in custody.
MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: According to jail and court online records, the 26-year-old man arrested in connection with this crash remains in jail, facing charges of hit-run and being under the influence.
Though the National Weather Service canceled the big snow alert, we’re seeing showers right now. So who knows what the rest of the day will bring? Only thing we know for sure – these calendar highlights:
MARK WANGERIN PHOTO SHOW: The West Seattle photographer who has shared so many spectacular bird photos with WSB over the years has 18 of them on display right now at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. You can see them on the wall between the women’s and men’s locker rooms any time the Y is open – 10 am to 8 pm on Sundays, 5:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m. weekdays, 7 am-6 pm on Saturdays. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Rain, shine, OR snow, the Sunday market happens year-round. 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California between Alaska and Oregon)
LONGFELLOW CREEK CELEBRATION: 1-4 pm, come to Dragonfly Pavilion and celebrate 25 years of community engagement with eastern West Seattle’s creek. Take a nature walk, learn about salmon, and more – backstory and details in our calendar listing. (28th SW/SW Dakota)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens – public welcome. This is the regular monthly meeting of the citizen advisory committee dealing with concerns, issues, and questions related to the city-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way. (9200 2nd SW)
CLEAR AND SWEET 360: Seattle-based visual/dance arts team zoe | juniper presents a “multidisciplinary” screening of their film, free, 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library: “The screening will feature a projection of the 2D version of the film and the opportunity to experience the VR 360º version on provided headsets.” (2306 42nd SW)
CORREO AEREO: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “sumptuously soulful music in Mexican, Argentinian & Venezuelan folk traditions.” 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar, here.
6:37 AM: Good news if you were worried about getting around today, bad news if you were hoping for a chance to throw a few snowballs: No snow so far, just rain. The National Weather Service canceled its alert a few hours ago and explained in the “forecast discussion”:
What needed to happen to get snow in the lowlands early this morning was a combination of the winds becoming northerly cooling the air mass down before the moisture from the frontal system moved out of the area. What happened was the surface low associated with the system instead of ending up near the mouth of the Columbia river is now just west of Grays Harbor. This difference in the low position has kept the winds from Everett southward easterly overnight instead of the winds becoming northerly. In these marginal low snow level scenarios for the Puget Sound region the low level easterlies are a killer. The little bit of downslope warming from the easterlies keeps the temperatures warm enough to keep the precipitation type as rain and that is what happened overnight.
The forecast still suggests the possibility of snow showers.
7:24 AM: One of those showers has arrived.
5:39 PM: We’ll have an update later, but in the short run – the NWS now warns things could be icy Monday morning.