West Seattle, Washington
ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:13 PM: The National Weather Service‘s mid-evening “forecast discussion” is out and they’re sticking with a Winter Weather Advisory alert for 10 pm tonight through 10 am Sunday. Especially on the higher hills, snow showers could bring an inch-plus – or not, since the NWS also says, “it`s a tricky forecast with borderline conditions.” If we do see some, it will be short-lived, per the NWS: “We`ll also see temps rising into the lower to mid 40s. So any snow that does fall should not stick around for too long.”
10:06 AM SUNDAY: The alert has expired and, in today’s midmorning Forecast Discussion, the NWS says, “The snow level turned out to be More like 600-800 feet around central Puget Sound, so most of the metro area did not get snow. An inch or two fell above that level, and also lower down in northern areas and near Hood Canal.” (The highest elevation in Seattle – which happens to be near 35th/Myrtle in West Seattle – is just past 500 feet.)
(Reader photo texted from High Point area)
10:21 AM: The snow shower’s apparently moving north to south – we heard from Alki and Admiral a little while earlier, and now it’s finally arrived down here in Upper Fauntleroy. If you’re on Twitter, you saw @westseawx predict this very early today. It’s not expected to hang around – and the air temp is well above freezing, 39 degrees – but Kim in High Point says it’s sticking on her lawn, so we’ll see how it goes.
10:37 AM: Sticking (at ~300 feet).
10:53 AM: And melting, with some blue sky moving in from the west. Forecast says this might happen tomorrow morning too.
THURSDAY NIGHT NOTE: Here’s a Special Weather Statement officially warning more snow showers are possible.
(TOPLINE: Highland Park Way hill will be closed “through Thursday” per SDOT)
1:14 PM: SDOT now says the Highland Park Way hill is likely to remain closed at least “into tomorrow.” That’s the newest development in connection with the early-morning slide that shut down the busy road between West Marginal Way SW and SW Holden.
Here’s our morning report (thanks again to everyone who texted us when it all began around 5 am); we just went back to the top of the hill for another look, and as you can see in our photo above, there’s lots of activity. Here’s the newest information from SDOT spokesperson Sue Romero:
SDOT continues to work with Seattle City Light at the site of the slide that occurred on Highland Park Way SW. A slide came down this morning above Highland Park Way SW, then a second slide came down, pushing material about 500 feet further, over Highland Park Way SW.
SDOT has cleared some of the material from the lower slide so SCL trucks can gain access. SCL is working to clear some trees that are pushing on some power poles. Geotech engineers are assessing the situation.
We expect Highland Park Way to remain closed through today and into tomorrow as more rain is expected to fall tonight into tomorrow.
Meantime, the power outage caused by the slides, which peaked at more than 2,000 homes/businesses, is over for all but two customers, according to City Light’s outage map, which also has been fixed.
We’ll be updating this story throughout the afternoon, including any related traffic advisories for the pm commute – again, expect Highland Park Way to remain closed TFN, and plan your alternate route and travel time accordingly.
3:13 PM: Bus reminder: “Metro Route 131 continues to be rerouted off of a portion of Highland Park Way SW between SW Holden St and West Marginal Way SW, until further notice.Use the stops on Highland Park Way SW south of SW Holden St or east of West Marginal Way SW.”
Whichever route you plan to use to get home, be aware that the heavy rain has continued this afternoon, lots of water on the roads, so be patient. The WSB Traffic page has cameras for various routes, and you also can check the video feeds accessible from the lower right of the city Travelers’ Information map – browse the feeds on the West Seattle and Greater Duwamish pulldown options.
3:47 PM: We asked City Light’s Scott Thomsen for the assessment of how the slide had affected their installations along HP Way: “The slide toppled some trees. At least one went into the lines, causing the outage. We didn’t lose any poles, but some are leaning over. We plan to monitor the hillside to make sure it has stabilized before we reset the poles. We might have to install some small retaining walls to protect the poles.”
7:04 PM: SDOT just tweeted that Highland Park Way is expected to remain “closed through Thursday.” So DEFINITELY plan morning options, and we’ll track the status during the day.
Highland Park Way SW will remain closed through Thursday btw SW Holden St & W Marginal Way SW due to a landslide. Plz use alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/fhZp2ZWC6u
— seattledot (@seattledot) February 16, 2017
And the National Weather Service says this is the seventh-wettest February on record.
9:40 PM: Still closed. We checked the top of the hill again after leaving a nearby meeting about half an hour ago; no lights visible down the hill, so crews apparently had quit work for the night. We will start morning traffic coverage extra early tomorrow (5 am Thursday) because the road will still be closed.
THURSDAY MORNING: Our AM updates are here through at least 9 am.
Two beautiful scenes to share tonight:
Above, Mike Jensen photographed tonight’s clear-sky, kayaker-enhanced sunset at Lowman Beach. Below, Kersti Muul photographed today’s post-sunrise moonset, and the frosted Olympic Mountains:
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After a week that began with snow and continued into wind, rain, and mud, it’s not surprising that the Sunday sunshine seemed to bring everyone outside. Cindi shares the view from Lincoln Park, observing it looked almost like summer. We were there for a while too and can attest to that. If you haven’t been out yet, you have about an hour until sunset (you can always find the sunset/sunrise and moonrise/moonset times on the WSB West Seattle Weather page).
Via Twitter, Patrick reports a tree/branch down across the west side of Fairmount Avenue, in the ravine between Admiral and Alki. It’s been reported (in off-hours or weekends, road-blocking debris can be called to 911, if necessary). This is a reminder that though the weather has calmed, the National Weather Service still has a Special Weather Statement in effect in our area, warning of this type of risk (slides in particular) after all that rain and snow saturated the ground, with wind as a chaser.
While the weather brought some problems today, it also brought beauty. Three views of this afternoons rainbows – first, from Kathleen Dedon, over Westwood Village:
Kersti Muul on Alki:
Jim Borrow, from further east along Alki:
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*The Special Weather Statement about slide risk, mentioned in our earlier coverage too.
*Another Coastal Flood Advisory for the early-morning high tide tomorrow – the water could be at least a foot higher than predicted because of weather factors.
*Wind Advisory for 8 am-3 pm tomorrow, with sustained wind from the southwest 20-35 mph and gusts to 50 mph.
But the mud is today’s trouble. If you’re using the main Vashon Island ferry dock, for example, here’s a problem:
The King County Transportation Department sent word of “a significant landslide that occurred this afternoon on 103rd Avenue Southwest near the Vashon Ferry Terminal parking lot. Crews are working to channel ferry traffic onto Vashon Highway Southwest instead of 103rd. Crews estimate it will take about eight hours to clear debris from the road. Travelers in the area should expect delays.”
Meantime, Ted Ellis sent this photo of mud along Seola Beach Drive:
Ted says, “This is one of three different slides … and part of the road looks like a pretty big wall of mud might come down.” We’re off to check on a few other things … more to come.
4:54 PM: We went back to West Marginal Way SW, a short way north of Highland Park Way, and discovered SDOT crews are still there:
One to two SB lanes are blocked there as crews work on water and debris trouble, so southbound traffic is being diverted into the center lane for a short distance. We have also gone by a trouble spot on which reported this morning – Delridge at Myrtle; the northbound lane is still fairly well puddled.
5:50 PM: We also went to Seola Beach Drive for a look at the slide mentioned above. There are indeed multiple spots with signs along the southbound side of the road, in the section that’s greenbelt on both sides – here’s the most-sizable slide spot on the slope:
It’s not blocking a travel lane, so far.
10:55 PM: King County’s Brent Champaco sent this update on the Vashon slide:
103rd Avenue SW on Vashon Island near the north ferry terminal will remain closed until 5 a.m. tomorrow morning (Friday, Feb. 10) … From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. the roadway will be open to northbound traffic only in order to accommodate ferry rush hour traffic. At 9 a.m. the roadway will close so clean up crews can continue their work. Clean up is taking longer than expected due to the amount of debris including a large tree.
10:34 AM: The clouds are lifting and the rain is much lighter, but water woes persist around West Seattle. We’re checking on trouble spots reported by readers (thanks!):
That’s Delridge Way SW at Myrtle, where the water’s deepest on the northbound side. Just off Delridge, and to the south, Longfellow Creek’s running high, Josh tweeted:
— Josh (@skwash) February 9, 2017
We’re out checking on a couple other reports right now.
10:46 AM: West Marginal Way had been reported to be in bad shape in the usual swampy spots north of Highland Park Way, but city crews are there now and the trouble is mostly just the outside lanes:
Another heavy shower moved through between our updates, too.
11:11 AM: Thanks for the tip about a small slide that’s taken down a few trees behind the Harbor Park condos in the 1700 block of Harbor SW – here’s what you can see through the east fence:
1:57 PM: And as we head into mid-afternoon, a big sunbreak:
Looks ominous to the south/southwest, though.
2:34 PM: As another band of showers heads this way, five weather alerts have now been announced for our area. Separate story to come soon, but in the meantime, you can see them all linked here.
If you live near the water – or have another reason to be on the shore in the early morning hours – the National Weather Service has an alert for you: A Coastal Flood Advisory (read it here) for 1-9 am Thursday:
The combination of high astronomical tides and relatively low pressure could produce minor flooding along the shorelines around the time of high tide early Thursday morning … Low pressure should result in tidal anomalies of 1 to 1.5 feet above the predicted tides.
The predicted high tide tomorrow morning is 12 feet at 4:34 am. That’s about a foot below the highest tide of the year.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:45 AM: Though some snow/slush remains – pending a warming trend that’s on the way – things are getting back to normal today. No school changes. Metro’s back on its regular routes. Seattle Public Utilities‘ trash/recycling one-day delay continues.
8:04 AM Crash on Delridge north of Thistle. NB blocked, says Twitter tip.
8:15 AM: Metro says the Delridge crash is delaying buses.
8:26 AM: SDOT says Delridge is blocked both ways by the crash, though the 911 log shows Seattle Fire has cleared (which indicates no major injuries). We’re off to look.
8:41 AM: SDOT reports, and we just verified, Delridge is now clear.
9:04 AM: Out on a morning errand run, we can confirm that Waste Management IS out picking up today. We’ve seen them in Westwood and Fauntleroy so far. Weather-wise, the snowmelt is accelerating, as we’re now up to a steady rain and upper-30s temp.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Metro says most of its buses are on regular routes (check here).
After skipping pickups Monday, Seattle Public Utilities‘ trash/recycling schedule is delayed one day all week, SPU says – so if you are a Monday customer, have your carts out today.
7:42 AM: Relatively quiet morning so far. Hilly streets, not surprisingly, are the trouble spots. Evan reports via Twitter, “30th between Juneau & Brandon is icy! Multiple cars stuck.”
7:56 AM: Even if you’re not on/near a hill, give yourself time to go slowly. Our side street, which was slushy when we last drove it yesterday evening, sounds crunchy with each car going by this morning. And as commenters are discussing, sidewalks might be your biggest challenge, whatever your ultimate mode of transportation.
8:11 AM: Metro says Routes 131 (which serves Highland Park) and 132 (South Park) are back on regular routes. But we also have anecdotes in comments and via text of unannounced bus no-shows or changes in various spots, FYI.
8:22 AM: Josh reports that Delridge/Kenyon light is flashing red (this is one of the lights affected by yesterday’s power outage). Please remember … an out, or flashing, signal = all-ways stop.”
8:38 AM: From the scanner – police are being dispatched to Avalon and Genesee for a report of a jackknifed semitruck. Don’t know whether it’s blocking one, both, or neither, but we’ll head out shortly to look.
8:50 AM: Before we could even suit up to get out the door, Matt Collins sent that photo (thank you!), which shows the location as well as the situation – on the Genesee slope between 30th and Avalon. Could take a while to clear. (Added) Here’s the view from the other side, looking east over Avalon and down Genesee, from a texter (thanks!):
9:19 AM: Update via text: Genesee is cleared.
Meantime, two school notes – Our Lady of Guadalupe has now changed the plan and will be CLOSED today due to “extreme icy conditions” (OLG is at the highest elevation in the city); Madison Middle School says its tours are canceled.
12:07 PM: As just published in a separate story, SPU is now saying it will NOT get to Monday customers in this area until next week.
6:35 PM: Tonight, along with any new weather-related incidents, we’re focused on looking ahead to tomorrow – weather, schools, and more.
SCHOOLS: We’ve already started a page for Tuesday school info, and will add whatever more we find out. (8:47 PM UPDATE: Seattle, Highline, Vashon all plan late starts)
WEATHER: While the overnight low might dip below freezing, the National Weather Service says:
Some re-freezing of moisture on untreated surfaces is expected tonight, but it will lack the sheet-of-ice quality that a hard freeze would bring.
TRANSIT: Metro says it’s staying on snow routes TFN. (7:51 PM UPDATE: C Line is back on its regular route, Metro says.)
UTILITIES: Only a handful of West Seattleites are still without power, Seattle City Light‘s outage map shows – if you are among them, be sure to contact SCL at 206-684-3000 if you haven’t already … Seattle Public Utilities plans to pick up trash/recycling/etc. on a one-day-delayed basis for the rest of the week.
9:44 PM UPDATE: The National Weather Service has the snow total – for the past two days, 7.1″ at Sea-Tac Airport, the second-highest February two-day snow total since recordkeeping began in 1945; the record was 9.8″ February 16-17, 1990.
High-school basketball rescheduled for Tuesday: Added to the WSHS games (boys 5 pm, girls 7 pm Tuesday), the Seattle Lutheran HS boys (who have a 16-game win streak) will play at home at 6 pm Tuesday.
Metro buses back to regular routes in this area: Metro says its “South Seattle” zone – which includes West Seattle – is back to regular routing.
(First published 6 pm; updated Tuesday morning)
Now that it’s Monday night, we’re getting some information about schools’ plans for Tuesday, and we’re collecting it all here. Keep in mind this could change if the weather does, so check back – we’ll be updating late into the night and early in the morning.
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2 hours late, school buses on snow routes, more info here (added 8:41 pm)
HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2 hours late Tuesday, no AM preschool, buses on snow routes, no out-of-district transportation – full details on district home page
VASHON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2.5 hours late, no AM preschool (added 8:34 pm)
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL: 2 hours late, no morning BASE, no morning preschool (added 8:57 pm)
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: “Delayed start, 10 am.” (added 9:08 pm)
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL:
10:30 am start Tuesday; NO AM EDC & NO AM Preschool – UPDATE TUESDAY MORNING – OLG CLOSED because of unsafe icy conditions
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: 10:30 am start Tuesday (added 9:13 pm)
WESTSIDE SCHOOL: “Will open at 10:00 a.m., classes to begin at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Early Care” (added 9:23 pm)
HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: “2-hour late start, no morning extended care or morning half-day preschool program; doors open at 10:15 for 10:30 start” (added 9:23 pm)
A CHILD BECOMES PRESCHOOL: “No AM preschool. Afternoon class will meet as scheduled.” (added 9:51 pm)
COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: “Open tomorrow, regular schedule, 8:45-12:45.” (added 10:29 pm)
LITTLE PILGRIM SCHOOL: “Closed for AM classes only. Afternoon class is open on regular schedule.”
Two individual school notes for Tuesday:
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: Principal Dr. Robert Gary sent a note that today’s tours are canceled.
And from Genesee Hill Elementary, via Twitter:
Details for today: Enrichment classes and Hiawatha after school care are still on and confirmed. School starts at 9:55. @westseattleblog
— Genesee Hill School (@GeneseeHill) February 7, 2017
When your school/district knows its plans, please e-mail or text us – firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302 – thanks!
(QUICK LINKS: School closures here … Metro bus info here … SDOT ‘where plowed’ etc. map here … More traffic cams/links are here … Seattle Public Utilities solid-waste collection will be delayed a day all week … Library branches closed … Earlier coverage here)
10:53 AM: Picking up from our first round of Monday snow-related updates, we’re launching midday coverage, right in the midst of another snow shower. Above, Tami sent the photo from 48th SW uphill (northeast) of Lowman Beach, where a tree is blocking the road.
Elsewhere, wires are down on some roads, and not always easy to see in the snow, so please be careful if you have to go out:
Ferries are back on schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, per WSF. 1,400+ are still without power in eastern West Seattle.
11:59 AM: Looking more like a snow-rain mix here right now, which means even more peril from branches weighed down with heavy, wet snow:
— Chris Furniss (@chrisfurniss) February 6, 2017
Changes for tonight: Postseason high-school basketball has been postponed. West Seattle High School games are rescheduled to Tuesday (5 pm boys, 7 pm girls).
Addition for today: West Seattle Golf Course is open for sledding until 5 pm. We have sledding photos from other areas in our West Seattle Snow Day photo gallery – and here’s one from Darryl Wolff, taken at popular Westcrest Park in Highland Park:
12:46 PM: Yes, there’s plowing, sanding, salting happening – this SDOT truck went around the corner by WSB HQ:
The midmorning forecast discussion from the National Weather Service says, “From Seattle on south, the air mass will warm enough this afternoon for little or no additional snow accumulation at lower elevations.”
1:30 PM: First, re: the comment discussion about whether the USPS is delivering today – yes, they are, and here’s texted, photographic proof:
Also out on the streets today – SPD, in this case helping with a stalled car on SW Graham (thanks to DD for the photo):
Something NOT happening today: The mobile blood drive in The Junction has been canceled.
Also – be aware that some businesses/agencies are closed. So far, we’ve only received “open” announcements – like this one from West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor):
WSAW’s Todd Ainsworth says, “We’re open, though not at full staff and not all parts suppliers are running…”
More high-school-basketball changes: Tonight’s Seattle Lutheran game also is postponed, as are the WSHS games mentioned earlier.
You’ll want to keep your vehicle well away from snow-laden branches/trees if you can (and be careful what you’re walking under), as we’re seeing the slide-off accelerate as the temperature rises. Meantime, the road’s looking good, so we’re heading out to look around.
2:40 PM: We’ve just been around much of the peninsula, through all three Junctions, through Luna Park and Highland Park, Alki and Admiral, and the big word is: Slush. The main roads are all clear, with dirty slushy snow off to the shoulders.
Highland Park Way hill pic.twitter.com/o3XRb8GG6C
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 6, 2017
We’re seeing some sunbreaks, too. (You can see more of our on-the-road photos on the WSB Twitter feed.)
Business updates: Easy Street is closing not only its café at 3 (as usual) but is closing the record store too. … West Seattle Bowl and Highstrike Grill are closing for the day at 4 pm … Conscious Choice Chiropractic, which earlier planned to open at 3, is just staying closed for the day.
3:01 PM UPDATE: Weather note: No more alerts in effect in our area. … Traffic note: Per scanner, tree down in 6500 block of West Marginal Way SW. (We just went through that area about half an hour ago … mostly bare and wet otherwise.)
3:15 PM: Another traffic note, from AG in comments: “18th Av SW blocked by fallen tree at SW Holden.” (If you’re looking for the SDOT traffic cams, here’s our page with the local ones that are currently working.)
Metro has already texted some cancellations for West Seattle runs this afternoon – and buses are still on reroute, going into the pm commute.
3:54 PM: City Light says the east West Seattle power outage is now down to about 500 homes/businesses, after restoring power to another 1,000. A downed tree is to blame, according to their tweet.
(MORE PHOTOS ADDED Monday night)
FIRST ROUND OF PHOTOS, 10:24 AM: Thanks for the photos! Along with what we’ve included in coverage so far, we’re also sharing other scenes of the snowiest day in years. Above, first snowperson of the day, from Bryn in Morgan Junction. Next – from comments on our morning coverage, a photo from Charlestown Hill:
Many more ahead (including more added at 12:40 PM & 3 PM): Read More
(QUICK LINKS: School closures/delays here … Metro bus reroute info here … SDOT ‘where plowed’ etc. map here … More traffic cams/links are here … No Seattle Public Utilities solid-waste collection today … Library branches closed …)
Seriously snowier in the past few hours. At least 2" pic.twitter.com/R8wTMJDr1B
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 6, 2017
4:07 AM: The snow has continued in the past few hours and at least 2″ is now on the ground where we are.
4:11 AM: Just announced – Seattle Public Schools CLOSED TODAY:
All Seattle Public Schools will be closed today, Feb 6, due to icy and snowy road conditions. No School today!
— Seattle Schools (@seapubschools) February 6, 2017
4:17 AM: Also just announced – Highline Public Schools CLOSED TODAY. Continuing to update our school-changes list here.
4:30 AM: Here are our usual “live” views from the bridge cameras:
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
5:06 AM: Big power outage – more than 4,200 homes and businesses. From the City Light map:
Again, we’re updating school closures at a separate link (see the top of this story). We have a bus-info link up there too – Metro has snow routes in effect everywhere and has canceled some trips already.
6:00 AM: The power outage is actually affecting more than 5,100 homes and businesses – same map as above but we noticed it’s actually showing as two outages, 4,200+ and 970+. Still 11 am guesstimate for restoration, but please remember, could be later, could be earlier. (And if you DO have power – charge everything! Snow like this weighs heavy on the lines and we might see more trouble later.)
Meantime, we’re hearing about scattered road trouble on the scanner – a bus got stuck at Olson and 2nd, for example. Thanks in advance if you note a trouble spot and either let us know (text/call 206-293-6302) or post a comment … we’ll only hear it on the scanner if police are involved. Here’s a photo from The Junction, about half an hour ago – chained-up C Line bus:
We’re continuing to update the school-closure list – have just heard from more local independent/parochial schools.
6:46 AM: More non-school closures – All Seattle Public Library branches (thanks, Gina) are closed today, and the downtown branch has a delayed open. Also downtown, Seattle Municipal Court is closed.
Road closure – via scanner, 8800 block of 9th SW is taped off. (Power lines down, we hear.) And thanks again to everyone sharing what they’re seeing.
We’re continuing to get scattered bus-cancellation texts/tweets (sign up for alerts if you haven’t already!) – and Megan just tweeted that “West Seattle buses are packed.” As for the weather outlook – still a chance for more snow before the day’s over. The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4 pm.
7:15 AM: Almost half the people who lost power a few hours ago just got it back.
Meanwhile, it’s starting to get light, so we’ll get a better look at all the snow. If you have to head out – please be careful on hills – via Twitter, CJ shared this look at California SW between Morgan Junction and Gatewood:
— CJ Barker (@cjbarkbark) February 6, 2017
Also via Twitter (where we are also updating at @westseattleblog), Jean-Paul sent views of The Junction:
— Jean-Paul Willynck (@jwillynck) February 6, 2017
If and when you’re out later having fun, please send those photos too (email@example.com) – we’re hoping to build a gallery.
Couple more notes: Along with Seattle Municipal Court, King County Superior and District Courts are closed today (not in WS but in case you have business there). If you need to go to Sea-Tac Airport, check with the airline first – some cancellations are reported – info and links here. And another transportation note: Boats on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route are running late.
7:42 AM UPDATE: Just found out after checking on an e-mail inquiry – if you have Seattle Public Utilities trash/recycling/etc. pickup today, NO COLLECTION TODAY – they’re hoping to pick up tomorrow – and that means one-day delay for *everyone* this week, SPU just tweeted. More info on their website soon.
Meantime, here’s our video update from westbound Thistle to northbound California, early-daylight view of the same scene we had at the top of this story:
At least another inch in past couple hours pic.twitter.com/cTdEFPkDvm
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 6, 2017
And as for the power outage – still 3,200+ homes/businesses out, with the restoration guesstimate remaining 11-ish (but as mentioned earlier, almost 2,000 got it back much sooner, so hold out hope). Again, this might not be the end of it – so many branches and shrubs are weighed down with snow!
8:15 AM UPDATE: For those wondering about the West Seattle Water Taxi – just got this photo via text, and word that it’s been running just fine all morning:
Another road report from a spot with no camera views – from Randy along Fauntleroy Way SW near Fairmount Park:
— Randy (@Randay206) February 6, 2017
And if you’re taking the bus … commenters and tweeters all say it’s slow going, with scattered cancellations being reported, so patience is a prerequisite.
Weather update: Still snowing lightly where we are. National Weather Service should have its next “forecast discussion” out within an hour or so, but so far, it’s predicting snow showers will continue.
8:46 AM: We’re in the middle of a pretty good snow shower right now. Definitely going to add to the total out there. From @MetPatrick22 near the city’s highest elevation (that’s Fire Station 37 in the background):
— Patrick kelly (@MetPatrick22) February 6, 2017
9:31 AM: Also canceled today:
The Seattle City Council‘s briefing and full-council meetings.
Locally, West Seattle Hi-Yu has postponed tonight’s scheduled meeting; new date TBA.
Any business open/closed updates, please let us know about those too, as we will be continuing to update throughout the day – launching a midday update within the next hour or so, after we launch a photo gallery (thanks for all the great photos people are already sending!). We have heard so far from Fresh Flours Bakery in South Delridge – open! – and Kid-Friendly Footwear/Again & Again (4832 California SW; WSB sponsor), “shoveled and open”:
“And we have kids’ mittens, hats, boots and outerwear, new & used. Open till 7,” they report.
10:17 AM UPDATE: We’ve also heard from Conscious Choice Chiropractic – not opening today until 3 pm – and The Bridge, which is open. We’re wrapping up this report now and will be moving to a midday report shortly.
Updates from here are in our Monday midday coverage.
(Scroll down – some schools’ statuses have changed – and we’re continuing to add more)
12:37 AM: We’re creating this separate story to track school changes, so you won’t have to scroll through other snow coverage to find them. So far, two of note:
WESTSIDE SCHOOL –
“Open at 10:00 a.m., classes to begin at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Early Care. Administration will watch road conditions and announce a closure as early as possible if warranted.” Later update – CLOSED
VASHON SCHOOL DISTRICT:
2.5 hours late; no AM preschool Later update – CLOSED.
3:58 AM: Also announced:
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: “South Seattle College will have a 4 hour delayed start on Monday, February 6. All classes and activities prior to noon are cancelled. Campuses will open at noon.” Later update – CLOSED.
4:11 AM: Just in:
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: All schools closed!
4:17 AM: Also just in:
HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: All schools closed! Activities canceled; administrative offices closed.
4:45 AM: We will eventually reorganize this list into CLOSED/DELAYED sections but for now will keep adding one by one as info comes in:
HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: Closed, per text.
KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Closed.
5:29 AM: More:
VASHON SCHOOL DISTRICT: Now CLOSED
SHOREWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Closed
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Closed, activities canceled
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Closed
A CHILD BECOMES PRESCHOOL: Closed
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL: Closed
5:52 AM: Also just in –
6:07 AM: Just in –
WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI: Closed
LITTLE PILGRIM SCHOOL: Closed
6:18 AM: Just heard from:
COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: Closed
THE COVE SCHOOL: Closed
6:51 AM: Also note – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle campus): Closed
8:10 AM: TILDEN SCHOOL is OPEN, as they usually are, even when it snows:
Tilden usually does not take days off for snow. If you feel that you can make it to school safely, please bring your child in. Most of the staff live nearby and can walk or drive to school, even on snowy days. Please make sure your child is dressed in appropriate warm coats, hats, and mittens/gloves, as the kids will have an opportunity for extra outdoor play time in the snow with their friends.”
If you are concerned about ice in the lot, or unsure of driving to school in the snow, please know that there is no expectation on our part that you bring your child in. Your family’s safety is out main concern, and we realize that everyone’s streets, vehicles, and comfort levels are different. Please base your decision about coming to school on what is best (and safest) for you and your family.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE: We will have the parking lot gated off this morning, to preserve the lovely snow for the kids to play in. Please plan to park on the street this morning.
8:36 AM: Update –
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Now CLOSED.
Any others? Text and/or e-mail us, 206-293-6302, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
(Scroll down for updates. For school changes, go here)
3:52 PM: After a period of what we were considering “chunky rain,” there’s more snow in the mix that’s falling right now in Upper Fauntleroy, and we’re hearing from other areas too. The National Weather Service moved up the timeline for its Winter Storm Warning announced earlier today – it’s now officially in effect. More to come.
6:40 PM: No reports of accumulating snow anywhere so far, so if you’re, oh, say, at a Super Bowl party and wondering about getting home, no problems reported yet, at least in the city.
7:11 PM: Snowing but not yet sticking here; Alyssa says it’s starting to stick near Delridge/Thistle. You can see it in the streetlights on many traffic cameras, including this one at the 35th/Fauntleroy bridge entrance:
7:25 PM: Now it’s starting to stick in a variety of places, including here. So we’ll be switching to an evening snow report soon.
7:35 PM: From outside HQ – steady snow, but the road’s still bare/wet:
Steady snow currently. Road still bare:wet pic.twitter.com/tJ17tuQUzf
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 6, 2017
8:24 PM: Rain in some places, per commenters.
8:44 PM: Photo from a comment by David in Sunrise Heights:
9:13 PM: So far, the snow’s been mostly reported at higher elevations and more in east WS than west. But the new NWS forecast discussion predicts a drop toward sea level tomorrow morning.
9:43 PM: Above, that’s the view outside WSB HQ in Upper Fauntleroy. Now sticking on the road. Reports continue to come primarily from The Junction southward, and more east than west, plus of course the higher hills (we’re at about 330′; the highest point in West Seattle – and the entire city – is 35th/Myrtle, 500’+).
9:55 PM: From Joshua, 25th SW on the east side of Westwood Village:
P.S. **No** school changes to report so far. If and when there are any, the info will be at the top of every weather report. And we’ll be launching the first morning report at 4 am.
10:35 PM: Metro has now put some of its system on snow routes – see the map on the right side of this page. Not West Seattle (which is in the “south” zone) yet.
11:23 PM: One commenter noticed the same thing we have – a few power flickers. No outages reported so far, though. Meantime, still looks like less than an inch of snow where we are – wet, though, and weighing down the shrubs.
11:41 PM: First school delay announcement:
Westside School will open at 10:00 a.m., classes to begin at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Early Care. Administration will watch road conditions and announce a closure as early as possible if warranted.
12:41 AM: Another school delay: Vashon School District will start 2 1/2 hours late. We’ve created a separate story to track school changes – it’s here, and it will be updated as we hear of any more. Meantime, please let us know of any road trouble, school changes, anything else your West Seattle neighbors might need to hear about – text 206-293-6302 and e-mail email@example.com – thanks!
6:39 AM: The talk of possible snow has turned into an official Winter Weather Advisory alert from the National Weather Service for 4 pm today through 4 pm Monday. Read the alert here – a key excerpt:
Rain is expected to start transitioning over to snow late this afternoon and early this evening … becoming mostly snow after 10 pm tonight and continuing into early Monday afternoon.
How much? Possibly 1 to 3 inches, the NWS is saying. The next forecast update is due in the 9 am vicinity – we’ll update throughout the day/night, as always.
10:07 AM: The midmorning forecast discussion upgrades the potential snow amount a bit, but hasn’t changed the alert level – yet. We’ll publish a separate story when it does. We’re also hearing of some flakes spotted already in various areas – though here in Upper Fauntleroy, still rain.
10:51 AM: And now it’s a Winter Storm Warning, with word of a half-foot possible. But it’s been pushed back a bit to take effect at 6 pm.
3:57 PM: The Winter Storm Warning was moved up and is now in effect, as some snow arrives. We’ve launched a pm story here.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: What was left of the late-night snow is melting, and reports around the region are that roads are “bare and wet.” Go slow in case of slick spots, though. The National Weather Service says “a wintry mix” of precipitation is still a possibility.
7:03 AM: Still no incidents reported in/outbound from West Seattle. But some are reporting the aforementioned “wintry mix” – give yourself extra time.
8:50 AM: Late-commute trouble on northbound I-5 on the south side of downtown – emergency response at Yesler, in the right lane.
Along 35th north of Roxbury. Snow! pic.twitter.com/JFO0NGXXUs
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 3, 2017
9:48 PM: Snowing in south West Seattle – we first encountered a flurry while heading back from a meeting in White Center, and now it’s a rather serious snow shower in Westwood – the road’s already slick. Seeing any where you are?
10:07 PM: Back at HQ now. Still snowing, and sticking, and not mentioned in the National Weather Service forecast discussion. We had been tracking a now-expired “special weather statement” that had said only there might be a bit of freezing rain, and even that hadn’t been expected outside the far South Sound.
10:28 PM: It’s very lightly snowing now where we are – and the snow on the street is melting, so this probably isn’t the blizzard of the century. We’re adding a few photos that we’ve received. First, from Darlene in The Junction:
And from Steph in Gatewood:
No official forecast updates so far, but we’ll be keeping watch through the early-morning hours to see what happens next.
12:22 AM: Thanks to Jay in Sunrise Heights for this photo:
While the snow has stopped, it’s sticking around on planting strips and atop cars, at least up here. The NWS now says “evaporative cooling” might have played a role in the semi-surprise snowfall. The temp’s above freezing so far, but be ready to take it very slow when you head out in the morning, since it can be slippery without icing over.
6:22 AM: From here, we’re tracking weather in morning-traffic coverage. Right now – rain. And what was left of the snow is melting.
Longfellow Creek bubbling up near WS Health Club. Rain has all but stopped. pic.twitter.com/mTHxH70pSh
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 18, 2017
11:14 AM: During the brief break in the rain – just ending, with more falling now – we went out for a look at the high water of Longfellow Creek. At the SW Yancy street end, just before Longfellow Creek goes back underground (by West Seattle Health Club), it’s been bubbling up through the utility covers, as you can see in our video above. We checked out the creek after Josh shared these photos via Twitter:
— Josh (@skwash) January 18, 2017
Thanks to those who also reported road puddling – mostly in recurring trouble spots, like Delridge at Myrtle (Amber posted a photo in a comment on the morning traffic watch). Forecast says the next round of rain could bring another inch. And after a dry start to January – we’re catching up – only half an inch behind the average as of midnight.
ADDED 12:15 PM: King County Wastewater Treatment says its Alki pump station had an overflow during the heavy rain. We’ll publish a separate story when we get details – but if you see warning signs at the beach sooner, that’s what’s up.