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WEATHER ALERT: Lower temps on the way; possibly snow too

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(The Olympics on Christmas Day, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen)

In the three weeks since we last saw notable snow, the forecast has hinted repeatedly at more, but it hasn’t materialized. Now there’s word of possible snow, as well as subnormal temperatures, starting New Year’s Eve. The National Weather Service sent out an alert tonight (thanks to @westseawx for the heads-up):

… Confidence is fairly high about the large-scale weather setup, which shows cold Canadian air spreading south on Saturday night, nipping at the heels of exiting showers later Saturday night and on Sunday morning. So the main forecast issues to resolve will be knowing where showers will focus and be heaviest, when a transition from rain to snow will occur, and how soon showers exit the area.

Depending on these timing and coverage details, it appears most of the interior lowlands will get a Trace to 3 inches of snow.

From the Seattle area on north to the Canadian border, there is a high likelihood of many places exceeding one inch of snow. The most likely time for snow near Bellingham is early Saturday evening, then later evening further south in the Seattle area. …

The New Year is set to start with at least a few days of highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s.

WEST SEATTLE CHRISTMAS 2016: Sky & skyline

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More beautiful views to share while enjoying the holiday. The day began with an enormous canopy of pink-orange overhead – Jenny‘s photo is above; Sandra sent the one below:

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A little later in the morning, Chris Frankovich photographed the Olympics:

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And though it’s not from West Seattle – we can’t resist sharing this city view tweeted at us (and a few other news outlets) by Marcus:

Sunset tonight is 4:23 pm, per the WSB West Seattle Weather page.

West Seattle scene: Holiday sunset

December 24, 2016 4:50 pm
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Thanks to James Bratsanos for the sunset photo on this Christmas Eve/first night of Hanukkah! It’ll be chilly through tomorrow, forecasters say.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: First day of winter

(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)

7:11 AM: Good morning. Winter arrived four and a half hours ago, and the weather’s calmer than it’s been for a while – forecast to be mostly sunny and 40ish today. No trouble reported on the roads and paths in and from West Seattle right now.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Windy Tuesday morning

(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)

7:06 AM: As forecast, it’s windy. The Seattle City Light outage map shows only one small spot of power trouble in West Seattle so far – nine homes out in Upper Fauntleroy, blamed on “tree.”

No traffic/transit trouble spots reported in our area, so far.

7:55 AM: Reader reported a crash “in the 99 lane” on the bridge. Couldn’t tell from the live video feed so we flagged SDOT on Twitter and they’re zooming in for a look – so far nothing.

Overall, for the region, WSDOT – which monitors the major highways – says travel times are below normal.

8:18 AM: We published the SDOT announcement late yesterday that the two-years-in-the-making 30 mph speed limit for Delridge Way would take effect today. Just got a text (thanks!) that the promised mobile-radar sign has appeared at Delridge/Oregon and crews appear to be moving on to other signage. We’re en route to check.

9:15 AM: Tweeted by Sean:

10:12 AM: The truck situation has blocked the ramp, we’re told.

West Seattle weather update: Tuesday alert now a ‘Wind Advisory’

December 19, 2016 1:30 pm
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1:30 PM: New weather alert – the National Weather Service has a “High Wind Watch” set to kick in very late tonight. The NWS says, “West to Southwest winds are expected to increase to 20 to 35 mph, with local gusts to around 50 mph, early Tuesday morning and then continue through most of Tuesday.”

6:01 PM: The alert has been reduced to a “Wind Advisory” for 4 am-6 pm Tuesday. The potential wind speeds are the same as above.

WEDNESDAY: Winter Solstice Sunset Watch 2016 with Alice

December 18, 2016 4:27 pm
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(December 2014 solstice-sunset-watch photo shared by Lori)

With a few days of below-freezing weather, you might forget that technically, winter hasn’t even started yet. It officially arrives at 2:44 am our time Wednesday (December 21st) – and hours later, Alice Enevoldsen will be at West Seattle’s Solstice Park for her quarterly sunset watch:

It’s time for the 31st seasonal sunset watch!

When: Wednesday, December 21 at 4:05 (so come at 3:45 pm)

Actual sunset is supposed to be at 4:20 pm, but we have noticed that the Sun sets about 10 minutes earlier than the USNO says, because of the horizon altitude.

Where: Solstice Park – all the way up the hill from the tennis courts (or, if you’re not in Seattle, wherever you have a view of the western horizon!)

Who: Everyone welcome, as usual. (Please do leash your dogs as we usually have a good number of people, kids, and other dogs around.)

Alice is a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador and has been hosting solstice and equinox sunset watches as part of her commitment to community involvement and education. (They’re fun, too!)

West Seattle scene: Wind and waves as 2016’s highest tide hits

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Thanks to Jason Bell for the Friday morning photos from Alki, less than an hour after the highest tide of the month, 13.0 feet at 7:07 am. A brisk wind brought spray as well as seawall slopover.

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Saturday morning’s tide will be almost as high, peaking at 12.9 feet just before 8 am. If you go out to watch, bundle up – the temperature (already into the mid-20s as we write this) will be even lower than it was this morning.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER TODAY: Wednesday watch

(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)

6:48 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far. But it’s at or below freezing out there, so ice is possible here and there. The National Weather Service‘s “forecast discussion” says flurries are possible tonight but nothing major.

WEATHER, TRAFFIC, SCHOOLS: Post-snowfall Friday

(WHERE HAS SDOT PLOWED/SANDED/SALTED? Go here. IS METRO RE-ROUTING? Go here. SCHOOL INFO: Scroll down)

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ORIGINAL REPORT 5:31 AM: Good morning! After a snowy night, schools are opening late today:

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2 hours late, buses on snow routes (full details here)
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS:
Explorer West Middle School 10 am start
Westside School 10 am start
Our Lady of Guadalupe 10:30 am start
Holy Rosary 10:25 am start
Hope Lutheran (see comment): Students should arrive 10:15-10:30
Holy Family: 10 am start
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Opening at 10 am

editor@westseattleblog.com with your school update – thanks!

TRANSIT: Metro says many routes are delayed. (See comments below for bus riders’ reports.)

ROADS: Side streets are the main challenge, but you might encounter slickness anywhere. It’s above freezing now, but not by much.

6:53 AM: We are continuing to update the school list. Also of note, the forecast: The “winter weather advisory” is set to expire at 8 am. Here’s the overnight “forecast discussion” (next one due around 9 am, same link).

7:11 AM: This is the kind of situation you might encounter on non-arterials:

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Kevin Freitas tweeted that photo: “Truck stuck SW 36th Ave, Alaska/Edmunds. They service The Mount & have to back in to their loading dock. Not today.”

7:57 AM: Thanks to Nick for this note, also mentioned in comments: “There’s a jackknifed 56 bus in the middle of Admiral, just before Admiral and California, on the hill down by the green belt.”

9:04 AM: Remember, schools are running late this morning, so you’ll see school buses, walkers, riders in the next hour or so that you usually wouldn’t at this time of day. While the main roads are mostly bare, still snow off the roads. Here’s Junction Plaza Park:

Just in from the Seattle Public Library:

Branch locations of The Seattle Public Library regularly open today, Friday, Dec. 9, will have a delayed start of noon due to the snow. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., will open at its 10 a.m. regular time.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: It’s here!

(Where has SDOT plowed/sanded/salted? Go here. Where is Metro re-routing? Go here.)

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(Thanks to Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems for the Junction snow photo)

8:58 PM: While we’ve had reports of flakes here and there for more than an hour, only now is it starting to get a bit more serious, so we’re launching tonight’s snow coverage to see how long it lasts and what the forecasters have to say.

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(Sunrise Heights snow photo by Jethro)

Photos appreciated – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks! For now, the official alert level remains “Winter Weather Advisory,” in effect until 8 am Friday.

9:27 PM: Snowiest traffic camera so far is the one at the Fauntleroy ferry dock – the screengrab is from a few minutes ago. And Thomas Starks just sent this video from Alki:

WSB’s Christopher Boffoli caught the snowfall between Admiral and Alaska Junctions:

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Here’s the newest National Weather Service “forecast discussion,” saying this is playing out pretty much as they had expected, and that it’s still due to change over to rain. Then a few days down the road – there’s the chance of more Sunday/Monday, per the NWS.

9:54 PM: From Twitter:

Generally SPS won’t make a decision until early morning – we will of course be keeping watch for that. In the meantime, you can watch snow in the streetlights on the bridges via the “live video” links from West Seattle at the lower right of the city’s travelers-info map. In The Junction, for example, snow’s sticking on the road – just grabbed this traffic-cam view:

10:25 PM: 911 log has a report of wires down at Fauntleroy/Trenton. You can see emergency lights in this screengrab from the nearest traffic cam:

Not far away, from Tamsen Spengler of the West Seattle Timebank, a pastoral scene northeast of Morgan Junction:

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10:36 PM: Metro just announced it has some buses on snow routes, including some West Seattle/White Center-area routes.

10:55 PM: Be extra careful if you’re going out – sledding is under way on some hills:

That video was sent by Cynthia.

1:43 AM South Seattle College has announced a delayed opening today – 10 am.

5:30 AM: And Seattle Public Schools are running late too – 2-hour delay. We’re starting a morning weather/traffic/schools story next.

ADDED: A few more photos shared by WSB readers overnight. From David Williams, the “Nightmare on 45th” yard turned into a Snowmare:

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From Donna @ 49th/Dawson:

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WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Some snow still expected tonight

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(The Olympics, photographed today by James Bratsanos)

10:59 AM: It’s midmorning and that means the National Weather Service is out with its newest “forecast discussion.” The outlook right now, the NWS says, is for snow tonight, but not for long: “A front will reach the area this evening. With cold air in place, the precipitation will be snow, then turning to rain by daybreak for most areas,” at least an inch before the switch. Read the full outlook here.

7:23 PM: We’re hearing reports of some flake sightings in West Seattle. If and when it starts to get significant, we’ll launch new coverage.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Alert level just dropped a notch

The potential for snow Thursday night into Friday has lessened a little since the National Weather Service issued the alert. As of this afternoon, the alert level has been reduced to Winter Weather Advisory, in effect 4 pm Thursday to 8 am Friday:

A WEATHER SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON THURSDAY NIGHT. WITH COLD AIR IN PLACE SNOW WILL FALL AND SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS MOST OF THE LOWLANDS. THE SNOW SHOULD CHANGE TO RAIN BEFORE DAYBREAK FRIDAY.

Read it in its entirety here.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Wednesday watch

(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)

7:26 AM: Good morning! No incidents but frosty out there – below freezing for the first time since the cold snap began.

WINTER STORM WATCH: If you missed it last night – we’re under one for Thursday morning until Friday morning. Here’s the latest version, as of early today. Might bring a few inches of snow, forecasters say.

SDOT’S WINTER WEATHER MAP: Check here to see which roads have been treated most recently. And if you notice any problem spots – let SDOT know; Monica e-mailed to say the bicycle path eastbound out of West Seattle had been oversalted yesterday.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER UPDATE: New ‘Winter Storm Watch’ for Thursday/Friday

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FIRST REPORT, 7:14 PM: Beautiful sunset tonight – thanks to RS for the view from Constellation Park. The sky’s mostly clear and the temperature’s dropping, so it’ll be a cold morning, but you might be wondering, when’s the next chance of snow? The latest “forecast discussion” from the National Weather Service suggests Thursday afternoon/evening, and maybe toward the end of the weekend, though that’s far-enough out that it’s still “super-speculative.” No official alerts for any of this right now, though.

8:43 PM: Thanks to the commenter who pointed out that the NWS has just issued a Winter Storm Watch. Excerpt:

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* TIMING…A WEATHER SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. COLD AIR WILL BE IN PLACE AT THE SURFACE WHEN PRECIPITATION BEGINS. THE PRECIPITATION IS LIKELY TO BEGIN AS SNOW…THEN CHANGE TO RAIN. AROUND 12 HOURS OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE AT MOST LOCATIONS IN THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS. FOUR INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE. THE HOOD CANAL AREA…WHERE STRONG EAST WINDS WILL ADD AN UPSLOPE COMPONENT TO THE SNOW…COULD GET SEVEN INCHES OR MORE. THE ONSET OF SNOW…AND THE CHANGE TO RAIN…WILL BE EARLIER IN THE SOUTH AND LATER IN THE NORTH. BY FRIDAY MORNING IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT SNOW WILL HAVE CHANGED TO RAIN EVERYWHERE.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Tuesday watch

(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)

5:59 AM: Good morning! A bit colder this morning than Monday but still above freezing. The National Weather Service canceled the potential-snow alert early today, so we’re mostly just looking for a chilly commute. SDOT‘s winter-weather map shows the bridge was treated early today, just in case (choose the “last 3 hours” view).

7:02 AM Still no trouble reports.

8:35 AM: Temps have dropped a few degrees since sunrise. What was moisture on cars parked on the street, for example, has turned to frost.

MORE SNOW? Newest forecast for tonight/Tuesday

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9:19 PM: Unless you’re around Murray‘s age – thanks to mom Katy for the photo! – you probably didn’t get a “snow day” today, and you probably won’t tomorrow. At least, not according to the newest forecast, just out from the National Weather Service. Excerpt:

Scattered snow showers will continue tonight across Western Washington. An upper level trough will keep the air mass cool and unstable with snow levels near sea level. Temperatures will drop below freezing with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. The current forecast of a trace to one inch of snow over most areas seems in the ballpark. At some point Fraser river outflow winds will bring cold dry air south and push the moist and slightly warmer air mass out of Washington. This does not seem to have begun yet though the pressure gradient in southwest British Columbia is building. There was some fear that a convergence zone could set up somewhere as the air masses collided, but that hasn`t happened either. … The winter weather advisory remains in effect tonight in case somewhere ends up with two inches or more, but the case for that happening is getting weaker as the night wears on.

Dry and cool weather is expected from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. Winds will be northeasterly. Skies will clear for chilly conditions Tuesday night with lows in the 20s. Highs on Wednesday will only be in the low to mid 30s.

We’ll be on extra-early weather/traffic watch again tomorrow morning, just in case. Thanks again for your help in sharing information on what is, and isn’t, happening where you are – here are all the ways to reach us.

1:24 AM: Just checked the National Weather Service’s main regional page – now the alert for our area is entirely lifted.

BUS CANCELLATIONS: Here’s Metro’s explanation

If you were affected by bus cancellations, announced and unannounced, this afternoon and evening – we asked Metro, and here’s the reply:

Earlier Monday, Metro made changes to its trolley fleet operations as a precaution.

Articulated 60-foot-long buses are the workhorses of Metro’s fleet; however, the 60-foot-long articulated electric trolley buses were temporarily grounded due to the expected inclement weather – a regular measure for Metro with its trolley fleet due to difficulty operating in snow conditions. Some bus trips were temporarily canceled Monday morning and afternoon in order to shift buses to serve those electric trolley routes.

Metro will continue to evaluate when it is safest to return the 60-foot-long articulated electric trolley fleet to service depending on weather conditions in Seattle

That explanation is also included in Metro’s look ahead to more possible snow tonight and tomorrow. We’ll have a wider update later this evening about the overall forecast and how other local agencies are getting ready.

TRAFFIC & WEATHER: Monday watch, as snow arrives

(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)

5:04 AM: As promised, we’re starting traffic watch – with weather added to it – early, just in case. So far, no snow reported. However, one texter says the West Seattle Bridge is slick. It and 35th SW have been treated, according to the SDOT winter-weather map.

5:35 AM: Still nothing out of the ordinary, except colder temperatures.

6:30 AM: Patrick reports a few flakes in Sunrise Heights.

6:59 AM: Bus alert just texted and tweeted by Metro:

Otherwise, Metro says, “buses are operating normally” so far this morning.

7:24 AM: @MetPatrick22 in Sunrise Heights is watching the incoming weather and reports, “Another “slug” of moisture inbound and heavier, could bring all snow down to about 300′.” That’s where we are. So far, everything has fallen as rain – we can hear it in the downspouts.

7:42 AM: Some missing buses beyond what Metro has announced – see comments (125) and Twitter (55).

7:55 AM: First snow sighting here. Also reports of snow in Arbor Heights and Sunrise Heights, snow/rain mix in South Delridge and Highland Park.

8:04 AM: Snow shower continues. Sticking on parked cars here, not on the road:

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Also, another West Seattle bus that didn’t run:

8:21 AM: Sticking on roofs and yards too, where we are. And from Patrick in Sunrise Heights, at 35th/Holden:

8:32 AM: Snowing more lightly here, still not sticking on the road. Photo from Jessica at 37th/Austin in Gatewood:

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And this video features snow excitement! Thanks to Ben on Pigeon Point:

Again, SDOT now has a map showing you where plows, de-icing trucks, etc. have been, and it also includes some cool features like road-surface temps (click a yellow triangle) – see the map here.

9:09 AM: Snow’s over here, for now. Thanks to everyone for sharing images/video/info! More likely on the way later…

3:45 PM: Metro has announced several more cancellations this afternoon. If you ride the bus, keep close watch on the trip planner, they’re advising.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW? ‘Winter storm watch’ for Monday pm as well as ‘advisory’ for Monday am

2:40 PM: We now have two possible-snow alerts for Monday from the National Weather Service – as reported here early today, a “winter weather advisory” for 4 am-noon; added this afternoon, a “winter storm watch” in effect 4 pm Monday through 4 am Tuesday. They’re both covered in this NWS message, with this key component:

SNOW LEVELS…MAINLY NEAR 500 FEET MONDAY MORNING…RISING IN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVELS FALLING TO SEA-LEVEL MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT AS COLD NORTHERLY FRASER OUTFLOW DEVELOPS.

As noted earlier, 500 feet is close to the highest point not only in West Seattle but in the entire city, by Myrtle Reservoir at 35th/Myrtle. We’ll be on weather/traffic watch extra-early because of the alert; and if/when snow starts, we hope you have our hotline in your contacts already – 206-293-6302, text or voice – thank you!

9:25 PM: The mid-evening “forecast discussion” is out now – see it here – not much change in what’s projected, at least for Monday morning, though Seattle does not look to be in line for the most snow, and if any falls here, “Hilltops will be most likely to get snow, and sea-level areas may not get any.”

5:08 AM MONDAY: We’re keeping watch on weather and traffic here.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW? ‘Winter weather advisory’ for Monday morning

The weather-alert level for tomorrow is now up to “Winter Weather Advisory.” While that was announced early this morning, it doesn’t take effect until early Monday morning:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST MONDAY MAINLY ABOVE 500 FEET…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST MONDAY.

* TIMING…MONDAY MORNING BETWEEN 4 AM AND NOON.

* SNOW AMOUNTS…UP TO 2 INCHES MAINLY ABOVE 500 FEET.

* SNOW LEVELS…MAINLY NEAR 500 FEET.

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON MONDAY MAINLY ON THE HIGHER HILLS.

For an elevation check, note that the highest point in Seattle, 520′, is in West Seattle, near Myrtle Reservoir.

P.S. If you didn’t familiarize yourself with these links when we published them the other day – here’s SDOT info including a link to the snow/ice-route map; here’s Metro info.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW? What the forecast says now

December 3, 2016 11:12 am
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The National Weather Service is still staying relatively low-key about the possibility of snow heading our way. The current alert level is “Special Weather Statement” – read it here. Topline: Late Sunday night, early Monday, Monday night are possibilities … but that could change. The NWS updates its “forecast discussions” four times a day, so the next potentially revised outlook will be at mid-afternoon.

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