West Seattle snow: Thursday afternoon updates

(This post is now closed, as we move on to evening updates here; our morning coverage from 5 am-1 pm is here. Recap of known FRIDAY school closures: SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS, HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL, WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI, HOLY FAMILY, HOPE LUTHERAN ALL CANCELED FOR FRIDAY)

Time to start a new multiple-update post – the morning coverage (see it all here) reached epic length including almost 300 comments (really, more like 300 helpful reports – THANK YOU!!!! keep it coming). First info to share comes from Evan Nordby in Westwood:

Thistle between 35th and Delridge is still unplowed/unsanded. Delridge is acceptable south toward White Center… 16th/Ambaum is compact snow/ice, some evidence of plowing, minimal if any sand south to 128th. 128th is tricky over to Des Moines Memorial, and
unplowed/unsanded from there east to Military (where I rescued my girlfriend at 10:30). Measured 5″ on our deck table 5 minutes ago, at 34th and Thistle. Many if not all federal offices are closed (US District and Bankruptcy Courts, Labor, Homeland Security on Tukwila Intl. off the top of my

Evan also sent a pic:

Meantime, SDOT has just reiterated: THE BRIDGE IS OPEN:

West Seattle Bridge Remains Open

SEATTLE–SDOT crews continue to plow and de-ice the high-level West Seattle Bridge today. Several on and off-ramps were closed temporarily due to accidents earlier today, but at this time we are not aware of any closures. Two SDOT trucks are devoted to providing continuous service to the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The on-ramp to I-5 at Sixth Avenue South and South Spokane Street is closed at this time. In addition, 22 SDOT trucks continue to treat major arterial streets throughout the city.

Via TwitterClick! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) in the Admiral District is open, and making cocoa for customers.

12:34 PM UPDATE: From Brittany in North Delridge:

11:45 here, and still snowing! i’d say we’ve got a good 5 inches so far. wind is
blowing around like crazy, too. not many cars on the road, but neighbors are out with skis and sleds. we’re on 26th behind the community center and can see the golf course out our back windows- i imagine there will be some activity there before too long. we’re just staying warm inside for now, after some tromping around and obligatory snowball fights!

Accompanying photo:

From 47th and Edmunds (map), MP says Edmunds has become a sledding hill, and also notes the USPS is out delivering there too (hats off to the mail carriers and everyone else with a MUST-DO job today who is out there doing it):

Cami sends video from Alki (the neighborhoods just inland, not the beach itself, anyone got pix from there?):

She adds that a block party is developing nearby (56th/Lander). To recap from the morning update – Bus service this afternoon will be limited, per Metro, and West Seattle, with our wonderful hills, is a particular trouble spot. Full details here.


1:05 PM UPDATE: From Aili east of Morgan Junction:

As many likely know, Morgan St. between 35th and Fauntleroy is
closed. It’s treacherous with a layer of ice under the snow. Several buses are stopped, one in an unusual, but effective place. Another car slid it behind it after a short time. People are going around the barriers at the top of the hill at 35th. People, don’t do it. Who cares if you have 4WD? There are lots of people walking the hill and do you really want to slide into someone (saw a close call while I was out taking pictures). This is at 39th and Morgan.

The accompanying photo:

Also, Katie sent this photo of daughter Mary Kate Hart, taken via sled-towing dad to go pick up produce:

More Alki updates, via Twitter. RealLowVibe just walked along and tweeted (sent Twitter messages) of what’s open and closed. Read them here.

1:09 PM UPDATE: Now Metro is just flat-out canceling some routes, according to this. Routes are supposed to be listed on the “adverse weather reroute” page but we’re not seeing cancellations there .. yet. Meantime, to reiterate two cancellations: The Design Review Board meeting and Cooper Elementary school-closure meeting, both planned for tonight, ARE BOTH CANCELED, as we first reported in the morning updates. Weather update – Our peek view to Vashon is CLEARING for the first time today, the snow may really be slowing down. To the north – We’ve had several requests for Alki Beach snow photos, and Anne has just obliged:

Got some more business reports via TwitterChris says Delridge Deli Mart, Uptown Espresso, and Subway in North Delridge are all open; Trevor says Luna Park Cafe is open. By the way, if you think we all panic over snow here in Seattle, you’ve never seen anything like the once-every-20-years snow panic in one of your editor’s former hometowns, Las Vegas. Here’s the latest on the aftermath of their big snowfall.

1:39 PM UPDATE: In comments, Cait reports on her trip all around West Seattle. One line says it all: “Even chains aren’t enough in some places.” Better yet – sled. Or snowboard, as Kim says folks are doing in her neighborhood, 37th SW near Roxbury (map):

In fact, earlier we mentioned that the city had closed West Seattle Golf Course to golf but left it open to sledding. The entrance to the golf course is where Billieann caught this photo of what she says they’re calling the golf-course “guard”:

Junior Member of the Team just plaintively wailed, so when are we going to shop for Christmas? Now that the snow has slowed way down – if you can walk to your friendly neighborhood stores, or get there safely some other way (sled?), this is a really big time to SHOP LOCAL … think of this as a dry, OK – not so dry, run for when major road projects (hello, Viaduct) isolate our lovely peninsula a bit more. Keep the businesses in business now, so they’ll be here then. End of soapbox. And segueing right along, we got more info from WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits, which long had planned a big blowout late-shopping open-house event tonight:

Many small businesses ARE open today, including Click! Design That Fits. We’ll have coffee and hot cocoa to warm people up after a brisk walk in the snow. And as of this writing, we are planning on staying open for our scheduled holiday open house party tonight from 6 to 9pm — all are invited, we’ll have appetizers and prosecco (which is getting nicely chilled). We’ve also decided to make the in-store special scheduled for this evening an all day thing: all purchases over $50 get a Mission Gift Card for $5, and all purchases over $100 are 15% off!

Catching up on some pix from earlier – back when the snow was falling fast and furious (was that only an hour or so ago?), Patrick B sent this from his neighborhood near The Junction:

If you went to work today and are starting to plan your trip home, we’ll again plug our WSB Traffic page with the city and state cameras that show most of the relevant routes; find it here. Now another photo from Alki, courtesy of Cathy Woo:

2:01 PM UPDATE: More on the sledding situation at West Seattle Golf Course – Leah e-mailed, “Attached is a pic of me sledding (with my husband, who took the pic) at the West Seattle Golf Course. Lots of snow and pretty good hills for sledding with no threat of traffic. We recommend 4×4 for getting out of the parking lot though. Also saw the ‘guard’ builders on our way in. :) Snow days like this happen once a decade around here!”

Desiree got this photo of cross-country skiers at Fauntleroy/California in Morgan Junction less than half an hour ago:

2:13 PM UPDATE: Alia shares a look at Genesee Hill (55th/Genesee, to be precise), not plowed:

She adds:

I did see a bus make it up here. According to my mom, who just made it out of WS driving, (slowly in low gear, no chains or 4 wheel drive) Glenn Way is also not plowed and
difficult. She said she was behind a plow on the bridge the whole way so it’s sandy snow. But she made it to work, yay! She’s a train engineer and a lot of people are depending on her being there to run the train.

If you’re wondering about the forecast, we checked Cliff Mass‘s site – he said “the worst would be over by 1 or 2 pm.” The NWS hasn’t updated its official forecast since 4 am. One more REALLY important reminder for everyone who took the bus in to work – Metro has said it will “severely curtail” its afternoon service – here’s an excerpt from the warning we linked to a couple times already:

In order to safely transport as many passengers as possible, King County Metro Transit will be focusing on core service on major routes for the afternoon commute and the rest of Thursday. Due to deteriorating travel conditions, Metro will cancel or severely reduce service on many of its bus routes this afternoon and evening. The developing plan is to provide bus service on cleared highways and arterial roads, and to major transit centers and park-and-ride lots. This transit plan will continue until weather and road conditions improve, which means almost all bus service will be significantly limited.

Check status here OR call 206-553-3000.

2:57 PM UPDATE: Just back from a neighborhood walk – and just in time; the snow has started up again. Luckie sent this view of SW Spokane near Madison Middle School:

Winter fun is great – but also keep this in mind – from a plea Mel just posted in comments:

I am one of those people that HAVE to be out today driving (I am a pet sitter and pets have to be taken care of while people are away) My complaint today is not with drivers (although there are some idiots out there “sightseeing” today). My complaint is with walkers and people playing around on foot – including kids with sleds. You need to stay out of the way of cars and not cross intersections against the lights thinking there is no or slow traffic. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this morning people are just walking every which way on the roads and streets, oblivious to auto traffic and/or assuming that we can stop if you jot out onto the road. What makes you think that I can stop even at 1-2 miles an hour if you are out in the middle of the road??

Cars still have the right of way on the roads and especially with green lights at intersections. Please folks – use some common sense and stay away from the actual roads and intersections today when you are out on foot. And don’t assume that even the most careful driver can stop – all it takes is one spot of ice.

Thanks – from someone with a must do job today

Earlier, we mentioned Cami‘s sighting of a block party at 56th/Lander, inland Alki neighborhood – here’s a photo:

She also sent this video of a “kite snowboarder”:

3:20 PM UPDATE: From Amanda at Andover and Avalon (map):

Commute update from SDOT:

As snow continues to fall in Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to aggressively plow, de-ice and sand city arterial streets. Commuters planning homeward trips may want to leave early to avoid looming lower temperatures that will create icy conditions. Drivers will find the best roadway conditions on major arterial streets. The department continues to advise that all motorists use caution and not drive if it can be avoided.

SDOT crews are plowing, deicing and sanding primary and secondary arterial streets throughout the city, and are also working on streets in downtown Seattle and near hospitals. Currently there are 21 trucks clearing city streets, with two plows/sanders dedicated solely to the West Seattle Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Crews are working on 12-hour shifts and will continue working through the night.

On a more holidayish note, Julie R just e-mailed (no pic, darn): “We live on 14th and Myrtle and walked up to the 7-Eleven. When we came out, we found Santa! I guess it is true that he can get around in any kind of weather!” (Perhaps the Santa we recently saw outside JoJo’s Espresso, kitty-corner across from the 7-11? – Update, Julie resent a photo, and indeed, here he is:)

At Westwood Village, according to a comment just posted by Melissa, many stores are planning to close early (around 4 pm) if they haven’t closed already. On northward to Duwamish Head, Susan‘s photo looks downright Arctic:

3:42 PM UPDATE: Two pix from our recent walk – first, looking north on California from Thistle; both of those streets have been plowed in this area:

From nearby SW Southern, looking toward the Sound, you can see the snowy treetops of Lincoln Park:

The National Weather Service has just posted its afternoon “forecast discussion” and is starting to fret more about the weekend. Meantime, just got word from The Bohemian that they too are planning to close at 4 pm, and have canceled tonight’s live music. And if you missed it in the morning update – residential trash service for today is postponed until at least tomorrow, and Friday pickup is postponed till Saturday. If you have Thursday pickup and they don’t get to you by end of day tomorrow, bring it in till next Thursday and set out a double amount then. Here’s the full city news release.

4:06 PM UPDATE: We’re watching the commute routes via tv, radio, Web, scanner, and of course WSB’er reports. Things look OK on the cameras that are on the WSB Traffic page (refresh for the newest image, if you leave it open a while). No particular problems on the main routes so far. We’ll intersperse with yet more neighborhood snow reports; RealLowVibe has a nice Alki gallery you can check out on Flickr. Also, for tomorrow, we have word that Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area is good for sledding – WSB’er “westseattledood” provided an eyewitness report and also this photo of her with Levi the Labradoodle, who she says had a great time too:

4:15 PM UPDATE: Chris sends word of a list of canceled buses. Chris says the West Seattle buses on the cancellation list (which only includes numbers) are 22, 37, 51, 53, 55, 57, 118, 119, 560, and 125.

4:37 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools CANCELED FOR FRIDAY. That according to district spokesperson Patti Spencer, who tells WSB it will appear soon on the district website, and the “School Messenger” automated phone calls will be made TONIGHT. Also just got word that High Point Community Center closed early, at 4 pm, but expects to be open regular hours tomorrow. Another road update – Kristina just sent word that Highland Park Way looks bad, some people are trying to brave it but she says “just don’t.” Photo from a short time ago, looking down toward Marginal:

4:57 PM UPDATE: While we continue tracking the commute, one of our most intrepid correspondents, Talani at Stor-More Self-Storage (WSB sponsor) on Yancy just east of Avalon, shares an observation via Facebook (where we’re WS Blog; “friend” us to see what people are sending): “”The funniest thing at Stor-More today is lots of neighbors came in just to get skis, snow shoes, snow shovels and sleds out of their storage units…a couple got more blankets…almost everyone who came hiked in…a few brave souls drove…you know there is a lot of snow when people want to ski to the grocery store…it’s like a European village…” Another school closure for TOMORROW just in — Highline Public Schools, like Seattle Public Schools, will be CLOSED tomorrow – so winter break has begun. Seattle Lutheran High School also will be closed Friday. (We’re listing all closures at the very top of this post – and will carry that over to the evening post, to be started around 6 pm.)

5:08 PM UPDATE: WSB Forums member Beachdrivegirl sends a photo of, what else, Beach Drive:

Speaking of the Forums, there is a thread that might interest you — “anybody need snow help?” Check it out here. And another school closure for TOMORROW – Holy Rosary.

5:44 PM UPDATE: Emily sends word that Alki Ave is icy near Sunfish (which is closed for the owners’ holiday vacation) and she doesn’t advise trying it if you don’t have to. Elsewhere on the West Seattle north-facing waterfront, Greg Whittaker from Alki Kayak Tours says they’re starting up the West Seattle Ski Shuttle tomorrow:

It’s an 11-person shuttle and they’re offering lower prices for the first weekend. More info at seattleskishuttle.com or by phone at 206-953-0237. They’ll be going to Crystal Mountain and to other areas as they open. And maybe you should squeeze some runs in now – as the National Weather Service has now issued an alert about that big storm expected Saturday into Sunday; thanks to Kat for forwarding this link. Last line:


Those “details” could include everything from more snow to wind to freezing rain.

6:10 PM UPDATE: West Seattle Montessori
just joined the “closed tomorrow” list, which is also at the very top of this post, over the bridge cam image. And the “closed for the rest of tonight” list also now includes Skylark Cafe and Club (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge, whose proprietor Jessie writes via Facebook:

“Skylark Café is closed due to impending ice, snowed-in employees, Delridge exit closures, etc. Hoping to reschedule the NYC major label band ElodieO for tomorrow at 8 pm. Thanks to everyone who has been calling, we are posting updates on our myspace page at myspace.com/skylarkcafe.”

6:31 PM UPDATE: Haven’t started evening snow post yet, putting up some non-snow news first. Also just learned that the guy who was going to run to all the libraries today decided not to include West Seattle after all (via his tracking on Twitter). Meantime, scanner is now crackling with the phrase “sheet of ice” every five seconds or so.

6:42 PM UPDATE: Hope Lutheran School in West Seattle and Holy Family School in White Center are closed Friday too.

8:29 PM NOTE: Finally started an “evening updates” post. Click here to join us there!

154 Replies to "West Seattle snow: Thursday afternoon updates"

  • Tex December 18, 2008 (12:27 pm)


    Does anyone know what West Marginal Way is like–from the South End/509 area to the Chelan Cafe area and then up Admiral Hill?


  • homesweethome December 18, 2008 (12:28 pm)

    if you must take your car out – please folks, remove snow from your entire vehicle – that snow you leave on the roof blows into vehicles and pedestrians behind you hampering everyone’s visibility

  • Terry December 18, 2008 (12:29 pm)

    Just called the Alki Urban Market. It is open today, until 10pm.

  • Curt December 18, 2008 (12:33 pm)

    Thanks for the coverage on WS bridge – bringing a new-born home today…

  • LInda December 18, 2008 (12:36 pm)

    Sander just went Westbound on Fauntleroy. There is now a bus, probably a 54, stuck in the left hand turn lane on Fauntleroy at California,sitting there with its four way flashers on. Rear of the bus is blocking the Eastbound lanes with just enough room to get by near the curb.

  • holly December 18, 2008 (12:37 pm)

    Does anyone know the status of buses downtown? My husband has been waiting nearly an hour with a bunch of other West Seattle downtown. Thanks!

  • herongrrrl December 18, 2008 (12:40 pm)

    We were just at Alki Bakery and it sounds like they will be closing early, fyi.

  • Michelle December 18, 2008 (12:40 pm)

    I waited for 45+ minutes on Delridge for a bus going northbound. No buses ever came…I eventually turned around and walked home. Some people had walked from White Center without seeing any north bound buses. There was also a bus that was stuck in front of the Arco.

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (12:42 pm)

    On KOMO TV they have on the bottom of the screen: From METRO: All day bus service to West Seattle and Redmond has been a problem.

  • 34th and Thistle December 18, 2008 (12:42 pm)

    I saw a 54 rerouting itself up Delridge to White Center at about 10:15… don’t know if that’s planned or improv. If you’re trying to get to Fauntleroy, that could be an issue.

  • SeaviewSherman December 18, 2008 (12:45 pm)

    Does anyone know if Northwest Art & Frame or the West Seattle antique store (the big one in the Junction) are open? Thinking of taking a snowy walk n’ shop.

    Thanks to all the wonderful neighbors and WSB folks!

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (12:46 pm)

    That’s part of the news release I linked to in the morning update.

  • holly December 18, 2008 (12:46 pm)

    I just got off the phone with metro—very friendly! she said the 54 and 55 are still running from downtown (3rd and Seneca) to the junction, but they are very delayed.

  • mar3c December 18, 2008 (12:49 pm)

    has anyone been *up* avalon way from spokane street?
    my wife will be looking for a route (with a w.seattle carpool – don’t know if they have chains) from downtown pretty shortly.
    or is the high bridge a better bet, assuming they don’t have chains?

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (12:50 pm)

    I wonder why they never mentioned the 30 car pileup at Olsen Place on the news !!!

  • Peter December 18, 2008 (12:51 pm)

    How’s 35th Ave SW looking from Arbor Heights to the WS bridge? I could take a shot at going to work tomorrow (in the north sound) if the snow and ice get plowed up a bit.

  • Peaches December 18, 2008 (12:51 pm)

    Now’s the time to get in a good shoveling if you haven’t already. Very light fluffy snow, with no ice beneath. A broom is all I’ll need this afternoon to keep up with what keeps falling.

  • Steven December 18, 2008 (12:53 pm)

    has anyone seen the 560 in action? Sound Transit’s website is down and I will be heading in from SeaTac in a few hours.

    Thanks for all the info!

  • cjboffoli December 18, 2008 (12:59 pm)

    Curt: Congratulations on bringing home your newborn! As someone with a December birthday (today, in fact) I can tell you that a lifetime of combined birthday/Christmas gifts isn’t that fun. .
    Then again, December babies are a great tax deduction because you can write them off as dependents for the whole year ;-)

  • colleenharr December 18, 2008 (1:11 pm)

    Steven–I did see the 560 going up Calif Ave and Juneau at around 11am this morning.

  • Aim December 18, 2008 (1:11 pm)

    Happy birthday CJB and Curt’s little one!

    It’s a beautiful day for a birthday.

  • katie mca December 18, 2008 (1:11 pm)

    I just saw a 21 stop in front of our place at 35th and Barton. I have no idea on the bus status actually downtown as of right now, but it looks like there are some on the way :) Congrats on the wee one Curt!

  • DM December 18, 2008 (1:11 pm)

    We just returned from a walk to 16th Ave SW and Holden. A few cars on both roads, but it’s slow going. We even saw a north bound bus on 16th Ave but couldn’t tell if it was the 125 or 128.

  • roguedelux December 18, 2008 (1:12 pm)

    Anyone know what is open in Westwood Village? We might walk over there later on today.

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (1:14 pm)


  • kaat December 18, 2008 (1:14 pm)

    My husband just came home, up Avalon (20 +/_ minutes ago, with studs, no problem.

  • Gina December 18, 2008 (1:16 pm)

    Circa is open in Admiral, just had the rueben!

    Snow depth?
    6 inches on top of my mailbox, 45th and Lander.

  • nuni December 18, 2008 (1:17 pm)

    Happy Birthday!

    Hubby is outside shoveling snow like a mad man :)

  • FabulousEm December 18, 2008 (1:18 pm)

    We went to Westwood for Coffee this morning around 10. Starbucks, Target & Bed, Bath & Beyond were all open then. Not a bad walk down Trenton. Can’t believe all the snow!

    And yes, Congratulations Curt on your December arrival! I am also a December birthday (12/27) and I will tell you now, NEVER give your kid a birthday present in Christmas paper! (thanks to my therapist, I’m finally over it :) )

  • CM December 18, 2008 (1:19 pm)

    Any word on whether or not Myers Way/Olsen Place is open yet?

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (1:19 pm)

    Metro to cancel or reduce some bus routes for remainder of Thursday
    King County
    Release Date and Time: 12-18-2008 01:00:00 PM Printer-friendly view
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    In order to safely transport as many passengers as possible, King County Metro Transit will be focusing on core service on major routes for the afternoon commute and the rest of Thursday. Due to deteriorating travel conditions, Metro will cancel or severely reduce service on many of its bus routes this afternoon and evening.

    The developing plan is to provide bus service on cleared highways and arterial roads, and to major transit centers and park-and-ride lots. This transit plan will continue until weather and road conditions improve, which means almost all bus service will be significantly limited.

    More information on route cancellations and reductions will be provided by mid afternoon on Metro Online.

    Snow continues to fall in many areas of the county, and road conditions are not improving. Metro’s ability to deliver service is closely linked to overall driving conditions.

    Information about bus status is available on Metro’s Ice & Snow page, but conditions are changing rapidly. You can also call the Metro Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000, but call volumes are high and there may be a wait to talk to a CIO representative. People should closely monitor the latest weather and traffic reports for information about travel conditions.

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (1:20 pm)

    I got that e-mail above and thought I’d pass it along.

  • hutchbec December 18, 2008 (1:21 pm)

    Congratulations, Curt! This will be a memorable day for you for many reasons.

  • LInda December 18, 2008 (1:23 pm)

    Bus has been cleared from the intersection of California and Fauntleroy, one down and who know how many to go!
    Congratulations Curt, drive safely!

  • carrieann December 18, 2008 (1:24 pm)

    Congratulations to Curt (&family)! What a truly memorable homecoming.

    And a happy birthday to Christopher “Bacon Pusher” Boffoli!

  • Aim December 18, 2008 (1:25 pm)

    soclwrkrinmotn just got home from work. He says there is a bus blocking Delridge at Barton — jackknifed. Sounds like it’s time for the busses to give it up and call it a day.

  • Carole December 18, 2008 (1:27 pm)

    Superior Court (downtown Seattle and RJC/Kent) are closing at 2:30 pm.

  • Sue December 18, 2008 (1:28 pm)

    An articulated bus just stopped on Fauntleroy at Dawson – the last 54X that should be stopping in the northbound direction is about 8:10am. It sat there for a while with blinkers on, I could see a lot of walking activity on the bus and walking next to it, and then it took off. Hard to see through my snowpacked trees, but I could swear it said it was a 55 (which shouldn’t stop anywhere near here).

  • aimymichelle December 18, 2008 (1:29 pm)

    are qfc and the post office open down at westwood?

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (1:31 pm)

    Thanks, Darren. That is the same news release to which we linked in the top text – I wish the format was a little friendlier to seamlessly weave whatever we post with what everyone is sharing in comments but in the meantime, if you scroll up every so often, we’ve got transportation news, location reports, business openings, and new photos being added on an average of every 10 minutes. Thanks again to EVERYBODY! As we wrote a moment ago, looks like it’s slowed big time, we can see several miles to the west now.

  • Cait December 18, 2008 (1:32 pm)

    Here’s an update after our full trip around West Seattle. First of all – if you don’t have four wheel drive DON’T DRIVE! Even chains aren’t enough in some places. In four wheel we were able to make it from Westwood around the beach and to Metropolitan Market, up California and back. 5 inches on the beach – 5 and a half in Westwood.

    SEVEN buses are stranded between 35th and Barton and The Original Bakery – so even avoid Metro if you can. We’ve seen buses with chains stranded and in some cases they have broken the chains OFF.

    A great un-touched (except by ME) hill for sledding with NO traffic – Kenyon from 35th to Delridge. It’s primed and ready – sled instead of drive.

    Keep safe! Congrats to Curt!

  • mar3c December 18, 2008 (1:40 pm)

    sdot cameras have been showing a steady line of cars northbound on w. marginal at the five-way intersection all day long.
    w. marginal is a flat grade w/curbs for pinballing off of, so i’d think that it’s passable. plus, there’s a lot of freight moving that way, which has probably kept the snowpack wet instead of frozen.
    from there, you might want to catch a helicopter up to admiral. seriously, though, reports are that avalon is passable, so you might go that way to fauntleroy and alaska, then to california to get north.
    probably a safe bet, but my lawyer advises me that i shouldn’t make any assertions. i’ll post a disclaimer shortly.

  • LInda December 18, 2008 (1:46 pm)

    Sue: I think that 55 you saw is the bus that was stranded at California & Fauntleroy. They sent it straight on Fauntleroy and it was flagged as a 55 when it went by.

  • colleenharr December 18, 2008 (1:46 pm)

    mail was delivered at Calif & Juneau.

    And I know it doesn’t matter to most, but for those like me who are working from home and wanted to watch CBS soaps, they do put the shows up on cbs.com to watch, as I’m note sure they are going to repeat anything besides Y&R.

  • AD December 18, 2008 (1:49 pm)

    Curt: How exciting! Congrats. Boy or girl?

    My friend and her 2 year old son have birthdays this week. I made a big effort to walk to the store the other day to buy Birthday wrapping paper for them. And I also bought them X-mas presents too this year. :)

    The snow has finally stopped falling on Genesee Hill. Thinking about going outside to measure how much but that would involve me putting on all those layers again.

  • Shea Anderson December 18, 2008 (1:52 pm)

    is the 23 running up Highland Park Way to White Center?

  • Celeste17 December 18, 2008 (1:52 pm)

    Just got back from a walk to the the junction. I walked from 40th and Genesee to Jefferson Square and back home. Not a bad walk. Bartell’s was open, Taco del Mar, UPS Store and Safeway are open.

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (1:55 pm)

    Snow is still going in Shorewood. We’ve got to be close to 5 inches if not more. Kids (and kids at heart) are having a blast sledding down 107th between 28th and Seola Beach Drive.

  • Anna December 18, 2008 (1:56 pm)

    I was able to get the 120 from Delridge and Juneau into downtown, although it took an alternative route down first Ave.

    Anyone know if it is using the same route back to West Seattle?

  • P December 18, 2008 (1:58 pm)

    Bus stuck at 26th and Barton infront of the house across from Mac D’s.
    If you really have to travel, remember a few things…LIGHTS ON, if you are driving a white car in snow and no lights you are asking for trouble…. Second, slow please. I just got back from going from 109th adn 28 ave sw to 35th and Webster. Many people on 35th going way to fast. Also, many without lights.
    At Westwood, I can say Sleep Country, Dress Barn, Clearwire were closed, the rest looked open. No signs of early close on the stores that I could see.
    106th (Dustin you asked) is NOT good at all. Take either 28th (remember the round slowdown things in the middle of the street) or 26th to Roxbury. Roxbury is not too bad. Did great till I got home and promptly hit the ground in my own driveway!

  • D December 18, 2008 (2:02 pm)

    My hubby just made it home on West Marginal and up Admiral. No problems in the Subaru although there is snow on the road.

    It’s a perfect time to be outside in our winterwonderland!

  • hopey December 18, 2008 (2:05 pm)

    Now that the snow-fog has lifted, I can see a *sailboat* approaching the Fauntleroy dock. WTF?!?!

  • Cait December 18, 2008 (2:07 pm)

    Target is open for those who want to know.

  • JRE December 18, 2008 (2:13 pm)

    Just called and Beveridge Place Pub will be open at 3 p.m. Perfect day to enjoy an ice cold beer!

  • JH December 18, 2008 (2:23 pm)

    Does anyone know when the Holy Rosary tree lot will be open? I went there awhile ago and there was no one there! I need a tree! :-(

  • eileen December 18, 2008 (2:27 pm)

    I have not been able to get through to Metro. My husband has been trying to get home from work (close to REI) He’s walked 3 miles to safeco field and still no buses. If they cancel a route, don’t they have to post it? We’ve called the 553-3000 and its either busy or pre recorded.

  • Barb December 18, 2008 (2:30 pm)

    How’s Admiral Way from 59th up?

  • dana. December 18, 2008 (2:31 pm)

    @JH: come to tony’s at 35th and barton. they’ve been open all day!

  • Aim December 18, 2008 (2:37 pm)

    Snow has slowed WAY down, possibly stopped, in South Delridge. SAD! More snow, please. I want to see a foot.

    Yes, yes I *AM* a five-year-old. :-)

  • BG December 18, 2008 (2:40 pm)

    Please no more snow and no ice! I have a job I have to go to.

  • hkb December 18, 2008 (2:40 pm)

    I don’t see the 56 posted on Metro’s table – am I just blind? I am wondering how my husband will get home from downtown tonight…

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (2:45 pm)

    Snow slowed down in Shorewood for about 20 min., but it looks like it’s back on again.

  • mayjune December 18, 2008 (2:50 pm)

    I just walked a couple blocks on 35th north of Morgan. It’s packed with snow. The people driving on it seemed to be doing okay, just going slowly, and I heard a couple spinning tires (but didn’t see anyone spin out of control or get stuck). That said, I’m concerned about my partner driving it on his way home from work this evening.

  • eileen December 18, 2008 (2:50 pm)

    I just heard from my husband – a 56 just went past safeco field and he got on it. I did get through to metro and no routes have been cancelled yet. They are just having a hard time getting around. Most of the routes serving WS are coming from Ballard and they’re having trouble up there too.

  • miws December 18, 2008 (2:52 pm)

    Congratulations Curt!


    And Happy Birthday, Christopher!



  • datamuse December 18, 2008 (2:54 pm)

    SHEA: 23 was running this morning on re-route: it turns right at W. Marginal, goes down Delridge to Orchard, then rejoins 9th Ave SW at Holden.

  • miws December 18, 2008 (2:54 pm)

    Aim, if you want to see a foot, you might want to get in touch with Cruiser. Apparently he’s lost his socks! ;)



  • hkb December 18, 2008 (2:56 pm)

    thanks eileen! I think I’ll just tell hubby to leave work sooner rather than later (though with how long he was on the bus this morning, he hasn’t been there all that long!).

  • Brenda December 18, 2008 (2:59 pm)

    I live on Fauntleroy two blocks up from the Ferry dock. It was clear for about an hour. Another snow squall just hit and visibility is reduced. Snowing like mad again….

  • heb December 18, 2008 (2:59 pm)

    FYI, there are 3 boys (14-ish) throwing snowballs at cars. They are at the top of the stairs (I think it is SW Lander, North of Admiral) before you reach Garlough. They hit a car as I was walking down Admiral on my way home.

  • mellaw6565 December 18, 2008 (3:00 pm)

    ATTN:: (WSB – Please post this on your home page) –

    I am one of those people that HAVE to be out today driving (I am a pet sitter and pets have to be taken care of while people are away)

    My complaint today is not with drivers (although there are some idiots out there “sightseeing” today). My complaint is with walkers and people playing around on foot – including kids with sleds. You need to stay out of the way of cars and not cross intersections against the lights thinking there is no or slow traffic.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this morning people are just walking every which way on the roads and streets, oblivious to auto traffic and/or assuming that we can stop if you jot out onto the road. What makes you think that I can stop even at 1-2 miles an hour if you are out in the middle of the road??

    Cars still have the right of way on the roads and especially with green lights at intersections. Please folks – use some common sense and stay away from the actual roads and intersections today when you are out on foot. And don’t assume that even the most careful driver can stop – all it takes is one spot of ice.

    Thanks – from someone with a must do job today.

  • cjboffoli December 18, 2008 (3:07 pm)

    That snowman at the gold course is epic! Very nicely done.

  • asev December 18, 2008 (3:12 pm)

    Does anyone have a good route suggestion from East Marginal Way South (Georgetown/North Boeing Field) to 35th (near Roxbury)?

    Olson does not sound like a good option (and is likely closed), although I made it down that hill this morning in 4wd with front chains.


  • Helen December 18, 2008 (3:14 pm)

    Congratulations Curt! I was wondering if you had a boy or girl too…
    I drove home at noon (at my husband’s insistence), and Delridge, while icy, isn’t bad (I also have an AWD vehicle that did pretty well). My street (18th Ave SW) is snowy. But I think even the flat way from downtown to West Seattle (Alaskan Way to the low bridge) was still icy, but going a bit slower and not being afraid to use a low gear worked out pretty well.
    Stay safe and warm everyone!

  • b'smomma December 18, 2008 (3:19 pm)

    It’s snowing pretty good again here at 48th & Admiral! Woooohooooooo!

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (3:20 pm)

    It’s snowing hard at 35th and SW 105th !!! We have about 5-6″ of snow.

  • GenHillOne December 18, 2008 (3:26 pm)

    I want to echo mellaw’s post and I do not understand the need to sled on city streets. Forget moving vehicles who can’t stop, which should be an obvious deterrant, but stationary objects like fire hydrants, poles, and parked cars can do a lot of damage when you’re in an uncontrolled slide. This happens all the time folks and brain injuries (or worse) are preventable tragedies. Please don’t let your kids sled on the street. I see a parked car on the hill even in the photo above and this just happened in Kent:

  • Melissa December 18, 2008 (3:30 pm)

    I’m in Westwood, and just so people know, many stores/restaurants are planning on closing at 4 PM. Pet Pros, Starbucks are closing…and many stores were not even open when I was down at 2 PM. I have a feeling not much will close major stores like Target and QFC, but keep it in mind if you plan to make a trek down to Westwood Village.

  • teresap December 18, 2008 (3:34 pm)

    Has California Ave north of Morgan Thriftway and Thistle to 35th been plowed?

  • Kayleigh December 18, 2008 (3:36 pm)

    Some guy just drove by, his car fishtailing, and then threw an empty can of beer out the window.

    –Kayleigh, who went sledding on city streets as a kid but not with a can of beer

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (3:37 pm)

    Do you mean south? We can attest to Calif south of MJ and Thistle east to 35th having been plowed … that’s the intersection we watch.

  • Rose De Dan December 18, 2008 (3:41 pm)

    I will be posting to my blog shortly, but the photos are now up of the snowstorm on Alki: Schmitz Park, dogs playing, and images of Alki Beach. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildreiki/sets/72157611404178320/

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (3:42 pm)

    Have an e-mail question, any word on Admiral Hill to/from The Bridge?

  • Andrea December 18, 2008 (3:45 pm)

    stuck at the top of othello (highland park), hubby just left to walk to the mini mart — looks like we will be indoors for a while! Snow is falling again! yes!!! Two cars stuck on othello, even a truck with chains. Have fun all and be safe :)

  • JH December 18, 2008 (3:51 pm)

    Dana, I think that tree lot is too far away in the snow…

    I just went cross country skiing. What a blast!

  • charlabob December 18, 2008 (3:52 pm)

    WSB, the bob just got home and said the hill wasn’t bad tonight. He came from the bridge to the corner of 47th.

  • teresap December 18, 2008 (3:54 pm)

    Thanks WSB, you guys have done a great job..

  • Sheridan December 18, 2008 (3:55 pm)

    Just thought I’d let everyone know B&N will be closing @ 4. We’ll reopen at 9am tomorrow like normal, but may close early again. We’ll just have to wait and see what the weather does.

  • mellaw6565 December 18, 2008 (4:01 pm)

    Thanks Ken – good reminder. Anyone that remembers Norm Mailing will recall that is how his daughter was killed – brain trauma from sledding down a hill in a residential area.

    Protect your kids!!! Better yet – have them wear helmets if they are near cars or obstacles.

  • LMA December 18, 2008 (4:02 pm)

    Hi this is Cafe Rozella we got to the Cafe and open at 6:15am this morning. I saw a group of people on 16ths waiting for the bus in White Center and Roxberry, about 1hour later some one that was waiting for the bus came over and got a Soy mocha she said it was too cold out there and the bus did not come by, I did manage to go for a walk around the hood and Wallgreens was open, Pho 88, White Center Pharmacy was open,we will be open aging tomorrow making all kinds of hot delicious drinks.
    Stay warm and Happy Holidays everyone :)

  • beachdrivegirl December 18, 2008 (4:02 pm)

    We came home from downtown about an hour ago. At that time it wasnt too bad out there as long as you were careful and did not have a rear wheel drive car. i echo mellaws and others post to walkers, sledders, and more who seem to be oblivious to the faster harder to slow down car. it scares the heck out of a driver (me) @ having to break suddenly because of sleds or people that are in the street.

    On a side note congratulations Curt!

    And happy birthday Christopher. My nephews big day is tomorrow!

  • cjboffoli December 18, 2008 (4:05 pm)

    Just reposting my video links in case anyone had a problem viewing them before:

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (4:08 pm)

    c’bob – thanks for the reply. Some people have e-mailed us apparently with access to e-mail but not Web, so we’re trying to help out in multiple streams, also including Twitter and FB.

  • Chris M December 18, 2008 (4:13 pm)

    Some great information about WEST SEATTLE BUSSES if you know the route number:


    Highlights of CANCELLED routes:
    22, 37, 51, 53, 55, 57, 118, 119, 125, 560

    See their page for latest info, of course.

  • P December 18, 2008 (4:19 pm)

    Dustin we must be neighbors….28th av sw and 109th… we saw the sledding on 107th and thought the same, please be careful! On the way to Safeway we almost took out a walker who was walking down the middle of 28th ave sw and talking on their phone, and all bundled up not looking out for cars. I know its fun, but streets are where cars go…..

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (4:21 pm)

    I just saw a four wheeler go up the street being driven by a 10 year old with his younger brother on the back of it, with a 30 ft. rope off the rear towing an older brother on a sled and then mom trotting along side.

    So much wrong with that. Look out Shorewood drivers.

  • heb December 18, 2008 (4:24 pm)

    Maybe someone should show them this…http://www.komonews.com/news/36405789.html

    You gotta wonder about some people.

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (4:25 pm)

    They just showed bus stops in Downtown Seattle on KING 5 News. Buses were driving by the stops as the buses are full. They are telling people to take other transportation….gee, there really isn’t any other way to go anywhere but by bus. Too bad we can’t vote for a light rail system !!

  • Katrina December 18, 2008 (4:31 pm)

    I take the 56 to the end of the route (on Alki), which hasn’t been canceled yet, but I work downtown and have the option of staying with someone in Belltown tonight.

    Given that it’s supposed to be around 25 degrees tomorrow morning – what would you do? Should I go home (to West Seattle) tonight?

    Having not been home since Wednesday morning and not being able to assess the situation in person, I’m having trouble making this decision to the point where I needed to ask for help!

  • asev December 18, 2008 (4:33 pm)

    Is there any word on whether Olson is still closed between Roxbury and 1st?

  • GenHillOne December 18, 2008 (4:36 pm)

    Great…no school tomorrow again…*yay* so much togetherness ;)

    Not surprising though, as it was early dismissal anyway, so late start wasn’t really an option.

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (4:37 pm)

    Katrina – having been in a position like that in past years (working TV news coverage till late night and expected back the next morning) I would say, stay in “the city.” The drive back in could be murderous, even if it’s ok now. Not that snow is supposed to be falling, but the roads may be icy etc. You’d probably get home OK tonight though late.

  • yumpears December 18, 2008 (4:38 pm)

    Hey Patrick B – you got a picture of my dog! She is loving the snow!

  • Smitty December 18, 2008 (4:41 pm)

    Lots of ATVs out today.

    Kind of irritating, but legal, I guess.

    They remind of jet-skis. Fun for one person, annoying for everyone else.

  • P December 18, 2008 (4:43 pm)

    Dustin, I have been seeing them all day. Those parents need a good smack over the head!

  • beachdrivegirl December 18, 2008 (4:43 pm)

    Smitty they are legal if you are of legal driving age, but most I have seen out and about are defin. not the legal age.

  • rlv December 18, 2008 (4:45 pm)

    uh oh. an ambulance (with chains) is making its way down alki ave. here’s hoping it is nothing major!

  • Lytepipe December 18, 2008 (4:47 pm)

    For the person asking about Holy Rosary tree lot- I just walked by there about 20 mnutes ago and they were open. Also had a big sign up that said “we deliver”. Might be worth it!


  • Melissa December 18, 2008 (4:47 pm)

    My husband just got home… drove from Pioneer Square to our house near Met Market in North Admiral. Up Admiral from the bridge, Small sedan, absolutely no problems…

  • Basil's Mom December 18, 2008 (4:50 pm)

    Hey All! My dad is in surgery right now and my sister is an inexpereinced driver in the snow. He gets out in a few hours and i would rather them get here to WS then make the trek back to Woodinville. Anyone know if 35th is clear/sanded? I she can make it up to Morgan from the WSB then we’re golden. ANy help/thoughts would be appreciated. (i’m new to WS and LOVE this blog!! how awesome is this!)

  • Jenny December 18, 2008 (4:51 pm)

    The first bus I’ve seen all day on Admiral just went by. It was a 57.

  • Koni December 18, 2008 (4:52 pm)

    Just measured the snow around my Highpoint house…8″ in front! 10″ in the backyard!!!! Holy cow! ;)

  • Stacey December 18, 2008 (5:02 pm)

    I’m trying to get from west seattle to greenwood for the night. Anyone know whether I-5 is better than 99 right now?

  • Shannon December 18, 2008 (5:09 pm)

    Anyone have suggestions for best route home from the airport? My hubby gets in about 9pm (if all goes well) and needs to get back to West Seattle. He avoided I-5 this morning and took 509 and I’m wondering if that still looks like the best route. Thanks for any advice! Great job WSB!

  • Cami December 18, 2008 (5:15 pm)

    heb- Boys throwing snowballs at cars??? It’s anarchy! :)

  • changingtimes December 18, 2008 (5:22 pm)

    omg! alaska safeway a mess and everything is selling out! all i wanted with whipped cream for my hot chocolate!!!!

  • Alice December 18, 2008 (5:31 pm)

    Anybody managed to catch a bus to downtown from the Junction since about 4:30?

    I need to be in downtown by 8pm – I’m leaving now, but I’m trying to decide if I should attempt to catch a bus at the Junction or at 35th and Avalon.

    (I don’t mind walking a ways)

    I’m feeling like Metro’s site is not very helpful unless your route is canceled, and it looks like the 54 is not.

    Eyewitness reports?


  • FabulousEm December 18, 2008 (5:53 pm)

    Did anybody catch King 5 at 5? They said people in West Seattle are feeling “isolated and cabin feverish”! When I get cabin feverish, I just take an advil. :)

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (5:59 pm)

    We are?

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (6:00 pm)

    Alice – did you check http://mybus.org – someone pointed us to that site earlier. I think eyewitness reports will slow down here for a while as people are either going home or having dinner, so it may be time to turn temporarily to technology …

  • Darren December 18, 2008 (6:05 pm)

    FabulousEm, I saw that story on KING 5. When I get cabin fever, I just drink whiskey and egg nog and stay inside.

  • Magpie December 18, 2008 (6:09 pm)

    Well, lucky I checked the metro website before I left work. They had just put the list of cancellations and the 55 and 57 were on it as was the 22 and the 128 north of Morgan. Unfortunately, all of the people waiting for the 55 at 3rd and Pike had no idea. I’m glad that I looked at it and let them know. (I think I should have ask me I know tatooed on my forehead,)

    A komo reporter was looking for people who had take the bus the first time today, but had trouble find ing them. I Grabbed a 54 express and got off at Oregon and Fauntleroy (the bridge wasn’t bad but I was nervous that the driver was going too fast..we came down 4th avenue to Spokane and then left on first and over the bridge)..

    Quite a hike up the hill, but happy to be home. Tomorrow could be really crappy, though.

  • Mo Zwerling December 18, 2008 (6:09 pm)

    Wow, with such a wimpy summer and now this major snow event, makes one ponder what’s happening with global warming . . .

    And, anyone now if we have an official measurement station for precipitation in West Seattle?

    Thanks, WSB — you’re tops in my book!

  • angelescrest December 18, 2008 (6:10 pm)

    Just got back from Alki Urban Market. Be careful: the streets are an ice rink! Yep, saw three guys in the bike lane on ATV-ish four-wheelers, who turned on to 63rd. Must be cabin fever. Cactus is open, by the way.

  • J.See December 18, 2008 (6:14 pm)

    Metro’s site is basically crap, can’t find any reroute info to help my friend get home from lower Queen Anne.

  • Cait December 18, 2008 (6:17 pm)

    I’m not feeling isolated – I love this stuff! I feel bad about likely not being able to go to work tomorrow, but I love snow days. I like having to walk everywhere, I love sledding with the neighborhood kids, I love being stuck inside with my friends close by.

    My night is going to consist of sitting by the fire, watching a movie and doing all that kicking back that I’ve been meaning to do lately. Oh! And a walk with my dog who has been pretty curious about the snow all day. He gets out for three minutes and whines to turn around and go home. :( Poor guy.

  • Mandy December 18, 2008 (6:18 pm)

    hi there. Anyone know how Admiral Way is looking? Just found out my boyfriend’s ride home from work is dropping him by All Star fitness and he has to walk up admiral to get home :(

  • Mike December 18, 2008 (6:18 pm)

    Here are the local weather stations.


    But I am sure there is no Snotel information for West Seattle…

    And by the way, Cabin Fever is a beer. If West Seattle gets Cabin Fever, I am still waiting for mine.

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (6:23 pm)

    Ventured out to the Roxbury Safeway around 5:30pm and the roads are definitely starting to ice up. People were in stock up mode at the grocery store and the chicken noodle soup supply was dangerously low.

    On my way out I saw the ATV family again. This video shows them pulling out of the parking lot and then stopping in the middle of the street to hook up their sled to the back of the four wheeler. Notice the two kids riding on the wheel wells (talk about absurdly unsafe). On my way home I came up behind them pulled over on the side of the road since some of their groceries had spilled off the ATV.

    Seriously, what a nightmare. No helmets, nothing.

  • Alice December 18, 2008 (6:24 pm)

    128, 55, 54 express and a shuttle just stopped at the Junction. All West Seattle-bound, none for downtown since at least 5:40.

    (I know, 54x usually doesn’t come here… and the 55 supposedly isn’t running – but that’s what I saw.)

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (6:25 pm)

    Drat. First video should link here.

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (6:27 pm)

    Re: Admiral, we had a pre-nightfall report that it was fine. For driving, though. Sidewalks may be tough.

  • P December 18, 2008 (6:36 pm)

    6:32 mail just delivered at 109th and 28th ave sw, dustin yours is next….

  • FabulousEm December 18, 2008 (6:36 pm)

    Dustin, how was the parking lot at the Rox Safeway?

  • jbar December 18, 2008 (6:39 pm)

    WSB: thanks for posting all the great neighborhood pics! Love ’em!

  • BG December 18, 2008 (6:39 pm)

    Sweet…got the okay already to stay home tomorrow.

  • wingme December 18, 2008 (6:50 pm)

    script for cabin fever: a couple hot toddies then sledding with the neighborhood kids at chief sealth cured me fast. what a blast!!! btw…holden at 28th (going east, or downhill) was closed when i was out 2 hrs ago.

  • JH December 18, 2008 (6:52 pm)

    Hey Lyte, thanks for the update on the Holy Rosary tree lot! Though now I don’t feel like going out. Hope it’s open tomorrow!

    For whoever was asking for snow totals, I have 7 inches in my yard at 51st/Hanford.

    Anyone in my neighborhood want to cross country ski with me tomorrow? (hoping for another work snow day)

  • Alice December 18, 2008 (6:56 pm)

    I’m on a 22 heading from WS to downtown.

    A 54 and this 22 both skipped the Jct stop, coming up California, turning right on Alaska. I waved and hollered, and not only was the bus driver nice enough to stop, she waited in front of SuperSupplements (blocking traffic, I apologise) while I ran and alerted the 10-15 people still waiting at the stop for her. Thank goodness, most of these people are just struggling to get home. Sorry to all the cars we confused at that intersection, but this may be one of the last busses out.

    She also rerouted onto Fauntleroy, stopping at Avalon and 35th instead of 35th and Avalon. We took the low bridge out of WS.

    http://mybus.org/ is just a reflection of metros Tracker, which doesn’t work under reroute conditions. :(

    The bus driver says “Most routes are canceled, because busses got stuck in the snow and are STILL stuck in the snow. If you see a bus heading vaguely in your direction take it, you may not see another!”

  • Dustin December 18, 2008 (7:02 pm)

    P – thanks for the update. I was worried I wasn’t getting my Netflix! :)

    FabulousEm – Roxbury Safeway parking lot was not plowed. They had one of the cart attendants shoveling the main sidewalk, but there was still a lot of ice underneath. Definitely be careful if you go.

  • ellenater December 18, 2008 (7:12 pm)

    Fed-X did NOT come today yet we were able to get down the hill and back up. Also mail and UPS came. LAME. California isn’t bad at all as of a few minutes ago. The sanding truck has been busy and we saw it go by again!

    happy birthdays!~

  • Roger December 18, 2008 (7:23 pm)

    No mail for us on Rose, yet…at all?

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (7:24 pm)

    Aren’t you close to California? Our mail guy made it (as noted in the morning coverage). Maybe the one for the next area didn’t.

  • celeste17 December 18, 2008 (7:29 pm)

    Our mail guy came by around noon and he was wearing shorts! We cheered him. I am in the junction area 40th and Genesee.

  • Roger December 18, 2008 (7:30 pm)

    Yeah, I think we have the same mail guy, but he usually parks on 41st ave and does Rose blocks east and west.
    Our usual delivery time is about 330pm, so don’t know what’s up…

  • hutchbec December 18, 2008 (7:34 pm)

    Just an echo – kudos to WSB. I don’t know what TV station or how they lost you – but it was certainly our gain. Thanks for literally bringing this entire community together.

    Just had dinner at Mission – seems like half the people there were drunk. Perhaps it was that cabin fever I was reading about.

  • lina December 18, 2008 (7:39 pm)

    i am not feeling cabin feverish or isolated. it is cool to see folks in ws out and about, walking, skiing sledding whatever along with all the coverage from community members offering help and the WSB. it makes me actually feel more connected to this awesome place. i would not want to be anywhere else right now! well, maybe hawaii. i work up in magnuson park above the u-district. is the rest of the city as bad as it is here? i wonder if i will get to go to work tomorrow–

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (7:51 pm)

    Hutch: Thanks for the kind words. I had a great job, overpaid #2 newsroom manager at Ch. 13, the kind of middle manager that’s nice to have around but certainly dispensable, and quit entirely voluntarily, one year and 8 days ago, to work on WSB fulltime, as a total gamble – no savings, no business experience, no idea if we could make it five days or five months or five years. It’s been an incredible year of being truly, deeply serious about this (after running the site its first 2 years as an increasingly serious hobby) — in a city full of smart, creative people, somehow we turned out to be the first to make a living running an independent neighborhood-news site — and we are working hard to lay the groundwork to continue growing WSB as an even better place for news, information, and community connections, in 2009. (Ideas and suggestions ALWAYS welcome – almost every improvement we HAVE made has started with someone’s suggestion!)

  • WSB December 18, 2008 (8:02 pm)

    Re: the “cabin fever” TV story – Jessica just sent this link:

  • The Velvet Bulldog December 18, 2008 (8:12 pm)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU CJBOFFOLI! After nearly a year of being in my new place, your ferry photo is still pretty much the only art up on the wall! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!
    Same goes to you WSB – thanks for sharing with us and creating this community – especially on days like this.
    I DO have cabin fever!! I’ve worked from home for two days now (the downside of technology) and I never thought I’d say this, but I WANT to go to work tomorrow!

  • cjboffoli December 18, 2008 (8:21 pm)

    Oh yes, Velvet Bulldog. So glad to hear you’re still enjoying it. That seems like ages ago! Thanks for the well wishes.

  • thee December 18, 2008 (9:46 pm)

    5.75 at andover and 36th. measured in 4 different spots in my backyard.

  • symmermjine December 19, 2008 (12:58 pm)

    Thak you for the news

  • K December 25, 2008 (8:56 pm)

    This is absurd!!! Please, please Seattle plow my street and the streets around me! I am a traveling RN. I can not drive on the city streets to see my patients!! Nobody is escorting me. This sucks and I am getting annoyed. Why do I have to risk my life, loose pay and patient visits because the city can’t figure out how to keep us safe?

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