West Seattle snow update: Late-night shower

ORIGINAL 10:59 PM REPORT: Via Twitter and Facebook, we’ve been watching word of snow heading this way … now there’s first word of a West Seattle snow sighting; on FB, Dartanyon reports flurries in the Delridge area. 11:48 PM UPDATE: And we’re seeing a notable snow shower in Upper Fauntleroy. 12:13 AM UPDATE: Added a brief video clip from the height of that snow/ice shower – the sound is even more interesting than the video – the grains (?) were icy enough to make noise as they hit the ground, the car, the plants … what you see silhouetted against the light and the snow, by the way, is a honeysuckle that had started sprouting its first leaves of the year. Oops. 1:21 AM UPDATE: Still quiet. We’ll be on live weather watch for the commute just in case of road ice, more snow, etc.; meantime, here’s the latest forecast, and also, if you’re looking for overnight reading, West Seattle poet Carol Smith sent some verse reminiscing not-so-fondly about that last snowy blast:

S’no Fun
by Carol Smith

I cannot welcome snow with grace
Or want its tickle on my face
When I recall how we arose
Last year to frosty pipes and toes

We woke to find that up and down
The byways of our Emerald town
Fell not the rain we used to know
But downy fluffs of drifting snow

And as that white stuff piled up
It thrilled the child and playful pup
Who romped, in woolly layers cloaked
Until they were completely soaked

At first we welcomed cozy chores
Like baking bread, then out of doors
We’d brightly go, with broom in hand
To clear the walks where snow would stand

But after days of homebound bliss
We started getting tired of this
And thought, if one more flake would fall
We’d find a way to end it all

For no more baking could we do
Or eat another homemade stew
Or sit once more around the fire
Without the yearning to expire

So when at last our wintry chains
Were melted by the falling rains
We hoped, though it might freeze in Hell
On us again, snow never fell

39 Replies to "West Seattle snow update: Late-night shower"

  • What The February 25, 2009 (11:47 pm)

    Light flurries on 47th Ave SW south of Erzkine….

  • Dustin February 25, 2009 (11:49 pm)

    Really itty-bitty flakes coming down in Shorewood at SW 106th and 28th Ave. SW

  • Dustin February 25, 2009 (11:52 pm)

    Now a downpour of ice pellets…you know…the tiny white styrofoam looking ones.

  • Kevin February 25, 2009 (11:52 pm)

    The snow is coming down real fast in Arbor Heights – 100 and 42nd. Small flakes, but lots of them! And even sticking.

  • m February 25, 2009 (11:52 pm)

    LOTS of snow/ice falling in Arbor Heights! Covering the streets and cars!

  • Dustin February 25, 2009 (11:58 pm)

    Back to medium sized flakes in Shorewood. Coming down at a decent rate. Is it too early to call work and tell them I’m snowed in?

  • Ken February 25, 2009 (11:59 pm)

    Been snowing about 20 min at Highpoint. Moving from mix to snow to icey mix.
    This seems to be the only working doppler I can find at the moment.


  • Changingtimes February 26, 2009 (12:00 am)

    Isn’t it freezing! I have the heat cranked up but the house is still negative zero! I’m sad I put away the flannel sheets! Come on spring!

  • FredTate February 26, 2009 (12:05 am)

    It’s coming down pretty good here in Highland park, but it’s only dusting things.

  • Kevin February 26, 2009 (12:06 am)

    OK, slightly off topic, but notice that SEVEN comments were posted in just 12 short minutes. Just goes to show how fast info travels on the blog!

  • WSB February 26, 2009 (12:20 am)

    Ken – I read in a “forecast discussion” from the NWS earlier today that some portion of the Seattle radar is/was down, so that may explain the problem … My ex-TV station (13) had two radars of its own (one at Neah Bay, and at least at the time nobody else had one that far out) and may have them online … TR

  • firwave February 26, 2009 (3:54 am)

    Sweet! Don’t you love the snow!! Oh…I’m in Maine…you’re in Seattle…

  • Alex February 26, 2009 (4:06 am)

    Northeast side of Lincoln Park (near the 76 Station) looks pretty clear, though there were some very small flakes around 11ish. Does anyone have any updates as to the rest of the area?

  • What The February 26, 2009 (4:25 am)

    It’s a blizzard right now at 47th Ave SW just south of Erzkine!

  • Alex February 26, 2009 (4:32 am)

    Indeed, I retract my former statement.

  • What The February 26, 2009 (4:46 am)

    I just made the first tracks up Erzkine to the 7-11 to grab a few things and the roads are already slick with over a half-inch of snow and growing rapidly….

  • brad February 26, 2009 (4:47 am)

    I just drove up Oregon, going up the little hills by the bowling alley was a little rough, but manageable. Pretty big flakes of snow coming down still.

  • again? February 26, 2009 (4:51 am)

    really coming down now in Highland Park!Everything is covered.

  • cathy February 26, 2009 (4:52 am)

    We have maybe under an inch and 32 degrees in Alki. It’s coming down pretty hard. Quite beautiful as long as it doesn’t stick around for two weeks.

  • What The February 26, 2009 (5:02 am)

    Got close to an inch now and it’s still coming down pretty good but small flakes. My tracks from my car are already filled in after about 15mins….unfortunately all the radar sites including Fox 13 are down with a projected on-line later this afternoon…looks like the media will have a difficult time today isolating areas being impacted.

  • herongrrrl February 26, 2009 (5:07 am)

    1″ on the road on Beach Drive, still coming down.

  • Rachel February 26, 2009 (5:17 am)

    According to Metro, the upper bridge is closed. About 1″ downtown (KC courthouse).

  • What The February 26, 2009 (5:17 am)

    It’s pretty much stopped here south of Erzkine…I can see Vashon and Manchester at the moment.

  • Rachel February 26, 2009 (5:17 am)

    Never mind, Metro updated their page.

  • Kevin February 26, 2009 (5:18 am)

    Lots of snow falling at the moment in Arbor Heights – 100th and 42nd. 1″ + at this time. 375ft elev.

  • Susan February 26, 2009 (5:35 am)

    Has anyone been on the West Seattle bridge this am?
    After 5:00? Want to find out if it’s icy, or if DOT has been out sanding, plowing. Will attempt to get there if I can get off Pigeon Point!

  • herongrrrl February 26, 2009 (5:39 am)

    Seattle Schools are running 2 hours late today, according to their website.

  • Kevin February 26, 2009 (5:47 am)

    100th and 42nd SW – snow appears to have stopped for the moment.

  • Joan February 26, 2009 (5:48 am)

    2″ at the SW Pool at Thistle and quite slippery!

  • JayDee February 26, 2009 (5:52 am)

    Curseword! Ditto! Ditto!

    I have post-traumatic snow syndrome…Find the boots, find the gloves, and hope Metro is running the buses they say are running, and that these same buses can get to downtown.

    Argggggggh!!!!! Maybe this will silence those who say “just get over it” while also hoping it melts quickly.

  • cathy February 26, 2009 (5:58 am)

    Traffic’s moving normally in Alki because the snow has already melted on the streets. Firetruck just went up the hill – no lights or siren though.

  • Longfellar February 26, 2009 (6:20 am)

    Does anyone know the latest on the WS bridge? King5 new is saying avoid it if you can due to icy on/off ramps- they say drivers are spinning about…

  • Susan February 26, 2009 (6:26 am)

    Just heard/saw on KOMO or KING that Southbound 5 is closed at West Seattle exit ramp (spinouts) and yes, to avoid the WS bridge until it “warms” up, which may not be til noon. No word on whether they’re de-icing bridge

  • me2 February 26, 2009 (6:34 am)

    Does anyone know what’s happening with the buses? I waited at 35th and Thistle for the 21. Nothing came at 5:30 or at 6:00, so I came home. There was someone who had waited since 5:00, and she said she hadn’t seen any buses at all, including the 22. Is it the bridge? The street looks passable.

  • Babs February 26, 2009 (6:35 am)

    Just went to Safeway in the junction, roads were wet and I saw 2 plows/sand trucks on the way (maybe dropping sand?) Roads were FINE and NOT ICY but if the temp drops that could change.

  • What The February 26, 2009 (6:39 am)

    It’s starting to snow again down here on 47th Ave SW….Vashon and Manchester have disappeared…

  • Jen February 26, 2009 (6:50 am)

    Big fat flakes coming down heavily near Riverview Park.

  • d February 26, 2009 (10:24 am)

    Carol Smith –

    Love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • bj February 26, 2009 (12:06 pm)

    Me too, Carol. I like”We woke to find that up and down the byways of our emerald town, fell not the rain we used to know, but downy fluffs of drifting snow.” A lot.

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