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TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Wednesday morning updates

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(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.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER, SCHOOLS: Tuesday morning updates

(QUICK LINKS: School delays hereMetro bus info here … SDOT winter-weather map map here … More traffic cams/links here)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

5 AM: Good morning. No changes this morning from what was announced last night – most schools are on a delayed start today, including Seattle Public Schools (2 hours late) – here’s our list.

Metro says most of its buses are on regular routes (check here).

The temperature is just above freezing, with lots of slush left on non-arterials and sidewalks, so caution is in order. No new weather alerts.

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.

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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!):

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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.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday night updates, and looking ahead to Tuesday

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Monday midday/afternoon here … Monday morning here … West Seattle Snow Day photo gallery here …)

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.

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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.

TUESDAY SCHOOL PLANS: Late start for Seattle Public Schools, others; OLG closed

(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 PreschoolUPDATE TUESDAY MORNINGOLG 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:

When your school/district knows its plans, please e-mail or text us – editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302 – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday midday/afternoon coverage

(QUICK LINKS: School closures hereMetro 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)

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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:

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(Added: Kelly Kirkland’s photo of wire woes in Highland Park)

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:

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:

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12:46 PM: Yes, there’s plowing, sanding, salting happening – this SDOT truck went around the corner by WSB HQ:

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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:

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Also out on the streets today – SPD, in this case helping with a stalled car on SW Graham (thanks to DD for the photo):

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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):

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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.

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 pmConscious 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.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW DAY: Your photos

(MORE PHOTOS ADDED Monday night)

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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:

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Many more ahead (including more added at 12:40 PM & 3 PM): Read More

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday morning updates, power outage, school closures

(QUICK LINKS: School closures/delays hereMetro 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 …)

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:

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:

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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:

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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:

Also via Twitter (where we are also updating at @westseattleblog), Jean-Paul sent views of The Junction:

If and when you’re out later having fun, please send those photos too (editor@westseattleblog.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:

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:

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Another road report from a spot with no camera views – from Randy along Fauntleroy Way SW near Fairmount Park:

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):

Power outage update – More people have theirs back (thanks for the tips!) – according to the SCL outage map, about 1,400 remain without power.

School update – Still some late announcements. South Seattle College has now changed from delayed to closed for the day; we’ve updated the closure list.

9:31 AM: Also canceled today:

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(Added – City Hall photo from Vicki B)

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”:

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“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.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: School closures, changes for Monday

(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 –

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL: Closed
HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL: Closed

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, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: PM weather watch

(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:

8:24 PM: Rain in some places, per commenters.

8:44 PM: Photo from a comment by David in Sunrise Heights:

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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.

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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:

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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 editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

RESOURCES TO REMEMBER:
SDOT winter-weather map (what’s been de-iced, plowed, etc.)
Metro winter-info links

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Alert upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

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.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Post-snow Friday updates

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK 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.

West Seattle weather: Thursday night snow!

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:

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And from Steph in Gatewood:

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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:

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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.

West Seattle weather: Longfellow Creek running high

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:

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.

West Seattle weather: The big meltaway

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Thanks to Scott Lipsky for the sunset view from Beach Drive tonight. After two weeks of the big chill, we’re on our way to the big meltaway – with temperatures high enough, and rain on the way, to get rid of the ice that’s been persisting on roadsides and in shallow ponds, among other spots. Rainfall so far this month is at only one inch – just a third of the normal almost-three inches.

West Seattle scene: Moonrise

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Before we get Friday coverage going – two views from Thursday night’s moonrise. Thanks to David Hutchinson for the closeup above, and Laura Winger for the wide view below:

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Because of the full moon, we have “king tides” peaking this weekend – high tides of 12.9 feet are charted for 6:49 am Saturday and 7:27 am Sunday.

West Seattle scene: Wind-fueled waves

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4:32 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo – north wind and a 12-foot tide slapped the Alki promenade with big waves this afternoon. Can’t guarantee the north wind will return, but even-higher “king tides” are expected, peaking Saturday (6:49 am) and Sunday (7:27 am) mornings at 12.9 feet.

4:45 PM: Another photo arrived shortly after we published this – from Theresa, also near Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza:

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ADDED 8:10 PM: More photos! This one’s from Robert Spears:

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And from Aaron Whitmore:

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MORE WEST SEATTLE SNOW? Winter Weather Advisory alert for 4 pm-6 am

11:07 AM: Some areas of West Seattle still have snow on the ground from last weekend – and we could see more tonight. The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory alert up for our area, officially starting t 4 pm and continuing through 6 am Sunday. From that alert:

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…UP TO ONE INCH OF SNOW…MAINLY SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE BUT INCLUDING THE BELLEVUE AND BREMERTON VICINITIES.

* ICE ACCUMULATION…SNOW WILL TRANSITION OVER TO RAIN OR FREEZING RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND AWAY FROM THE WATER…COULD GET UP TO A TENTH OF ONE INCH OF ICE.

So far, precipitation is running below normal – .43 of an inch at Sea-Tac Airport so far, less than half the normal 1.11.

7:56 AM SUNDAY: The alert has expired without snow materializing here.

PHOTOS: West Seattle views of 2017, day 2

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So far, West Seattle is 2-for-2 in 2017 days with beautiful endings. Above, from Jim Clark, along Beach Dive; below, from Jonathan Shipley at Lincoln Park:

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The moon and Venus were showing off high in the early-evening sky again tonight, Kanit Cottrell noticed from Gatewood:

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The day began gorgeously, too:

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Thanks to James Bratsanos for that early-morning view. And finally, a wildlife surprise:

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Kersti Muul photographed the eagles by the California/Andover 76 station: “My boyfriend was pumping gas, I heard them and jumped out, such a strange place to hear an eagle. Perched on spruce, it looked me square in the eye.”

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PHOTOS: More views of snowy West Seattle New Year’s Day 2017

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More snow photos to share from this frosty and frosted New Year’s Day in West Seattle. The first three, above and below, are from Gatewood photographer/pilot Long Bach Nguyen. If you don’t recognize the top photo, that’s Solstice Park (home to Alice Enevoldsen‘s solstice and equinox sunset watches) – not so much snow, but a unique aerial look at its patterns. Below, you see part of Gatewood and Sunrise Heights:

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And next, a view over West Seattle, looking northeast toward downtown in the distance:

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Now, ground-level views – here’s a view from the West Duwamish Greenbelt, shared by Elisa Zook:

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David Williams photographed his yard southeast of Charlestown Hill:

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From Sandra Braun:

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And James Bratsanos caught the snowy Olympics early this morning:

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First West Seattle sunset of 2017

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4:59 PM: Spectacular sunset to start the first night of 2017! Thanks to Kendall Browne for the photo above. (Another sky sight: The crescent moon is visible right now.)

ADDED 7:38 PM: Two more New Year’s Day sunset views – first, from North Admiral, by Ryan O’Keven:

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And from Chris Frankovich:

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UPDATE: West Seattle snow to start the new year

5:10 AM: In the past few hours, we’ve seen half an inch or so of snow here in Upper Fauntleroy, east of Lincoln Park. At least, that’s how much has stuck to cars, fence tops, and planting strips. More is falling, but it’s also melting in the street – audibly, by the storm drains – and driving down toward The Junction was no problem. It’s still snowing lightly, and the National Weather Service‘s 3 am “forecast discussion” says: “The Seattle metro will continue to see a threat of snow through the morning as the back edge of a band (currently over the San Juans and Skagit) pushes south. A trace to 1/2″ of snow is possible…with up to 1″ at the high end.” South of here, the NWS says, they’ve seen more.

5:17 AM: Buses are on snow routes around King County, including here, according to Metro’s website. West Seattle is in what Metro calls the South Seattle zone, so you can use that to sort the updates on this page.

6 AM: Sounds (and looks) from comments so far that eastern/southern West Seattle is snowiest.

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(Added: Photo from Mike R. in Arbor Heights)

8:41 AM: From Metro:

8:51 AM: And now the C Line is back to its regular route too.

9:46 AM: Looks like little if any snow on Alki, at least as seen by our crew in photographing Polar Bear Swimmers on the way to the 10 am event (the lampshade caught our attention):

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No more snow in the forecast so far, but it’s expected to be cold for the next few days, highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

West Seattle weather: Seeing some snow; new alert for tonight and tomorrow morning

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12:37 PM: The newest forecast from the National Weather Service says, “A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVEL NEAR 500 FEET.” We’re at about 350′, uphill from and east of Lincoln Park, and seeing a snow shower for the past 10 minutes or so. How about you?

1:20 PM: Seems to be lightening up, at least here. Hasn’t yet reached the point of sticking, not even on car tops.

1:30 PM: Hasn’t stopped yet. Gets lighter, gets heavier, gets lighter. By the way, here’s Cliff Mass‘s most-recent update – in short, he says it’s still hard to predict exactly how this is going to play out over the next 12 hours or so.

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(Just plain gray at Alki, but beautiful – WSB photo by Leda Costa)

2:13 PM: Minutes ago, the National Weather Service added our area to the Winter Weather Advisory alert for tonight and tomorrow morning – it’ll be in effect 10 pm until 10 am. “Up to 2 inches [of snow] with locally higher amounts possible,” says the NWS.

4:56 PM: As night arrives, it’s NOT snowing. So far. But wear (or take along) shoes/boots with traction, in case that changes later.

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