West Seattle snow/ice: Wednesday morning commute

*The afternoon edition has just launched here*

(11:09 AM TOPLINE: No problems reported; bridge/Viaduct ‘bare/dry’ per city … Trash/recycling pickup is CANCELED … Most schools closed … Quick links below cams)

(Refresh for latest pic of WS Bridge, looking eastbound, and 1st Ave. S. Bridge, more on the WSB Traffic cams page)
One more icy commute before the holiday. Metro remains on snow routing; the West Seattle Water Taxi is back in service. Most schools are out; here’s the list. (By the way – the University of Washington changed its mind late last night and is now closed for the day.)

6:07 AM UPDATE: Just took a quick spin around online and so far no major problems reported in our area right now. 17 degrees at Sea-Tac at the top of the hour.

6:30 AM UPDATE: Thanks for again sharing road reports (and other updates) in the comments. We’re also monitoring, and posting updates to, Twitter and Facebook. The weather forecast looks the same as it did last night; the National Weather Service has renewed its “special weather statement,” warning of “sub-freezing” temperatures through Thanksgiving morning – again today, we won’t get past freezing, but tomorrow afternoon, the 40s should return.

6:39 AM UPDATE: Trash/recycling pickup POSTPONED again today – as it was yesterday – put out double next week; this just in from Seattle Public Utilities. (And if you have Thursday pickup, that’s already postponed till Friday, for the holiday.)

7:15 AM UPDATE: Starting to hear from some people with water trouble. Angela at 35th/112th has none. Someone on Twitter has frozen pipes. We’ll be checking with Seattle Public Utilities to see if they know of any major problems – if it’s just your house, though, the responsibility is yours. A few reminders originally posted yesterday: Today’s Rotary and Kiwanis meetings are canceled; Seattle Public Library branches will be open noon-5 pm. Also heard this morning from Allstar Fitness: Open regular hours but morning classes canceled, and SW Yancy is still very icy.

7:37 AM UPDATE: The city has just issued its latest roundup of service status. You can read the whole thing here; highlights – Viaduct/West Seattle Bridge “bare and dry”; roads considered “snow routes” are in “good” condition; community centers and Camp Long will be open 10 am-5 pm for drop-in activities but programs are canceled; the roundup also has advice about dealing with frozen/broken pipes!

8:04 AM UPDATE: Here’s that pipe advice, from SPU.

8:37 AM UPDATE: Still problem-free, roads and buses, per WSB commenters and the other streams we’re watching. Here’s our most-recent photos of nearby California/Thistle corner (both arterials) – typical, says the city, for major routes:

9:30 AM UPDATE: Still quiet!

11:09 AM UPDATE: From SDOT via Twitter: “SDOT has 12 pedestrian crews out clearing city owned sidewalks and landings right now.” We have “unstuck” this item so it’s no longer atop the page, but we will launch an evening-commute version after 3 pm, with other news higher up in the meantime. Once again, THANKS for sharing information photos, and for just being here.

68 Replies to "West Seattle snow/ice: Wednesday morning commute"

  • CA November 24, 2010 (6:14 am)

    How is ws bridge?? Did it freeze overnight? I’m worried to death I will make it there and get on it and be icy. Any word???? Help…thanks worried commuter :)

  • coffee November 24, 2010 (6:22 am)

    Delridge is great, spotty areas. On Ramp is open and cars are flying by. Sanders have been going by this morning, and it appears that the bridge is fine. Lots of traffice coming on and off.

  • Tim November 24, 2010 (6:26 am)

    Just drove from West Seattle to Bellevue at 5:45(WSBridge to 90 to 405). The roads were completely acceptable. Outside of my neighborhood streets, the roads were bare and wet, especially the highways. Most people on the highway were driving 60mph. The bridge didn’t seem icy at all either, but that is place I took it slowest. This situation is definitely not as bad as it was even 24 hours ago.

  • Ha November 24, 2010 (6:30 am)

    Anyone take the 54/55 yet? How is bus service right now?

  • lovey911 November 24, 2010 (6:34 am)

    Anyone been around Alki/Harbor Ave -icy?

  • ca November 24, 2010 (6:37 am)

    great thanks Coffee and Tim….I havent driven in two days but want to try to get to work!! Wish me luck! Happy Holidays to everyone as well!

  • Jen November 24, 2010 (6:42 am)

    Sorry if I missed it elsewhere – any word on regularly scheduled garbage/recycling pickup?

    • WSB November 24, 2010 (6:43 am)

      JUST in – trash/recycling pickup canceled today. Put out double next week.

  • Jen November 24, 2010 (6:54 am)

    Thanks WSB!

  • april November 24, 2010 (7:03 am)

    Just got on the water taxi to downtown. Smooth sailing. FYI saw a fire truck outside Alki bakery, lights flashing but no siren.

    • WSB November 24, 2010 (7:06 am)

      April – The Fire Department’s online log says there’s a “water job/major” in that area – may be broken pipes – I’ve been listening to the scanner for more than an hour and haven’t heard any discussion of what’s going on, though.
      Lynne – Thanks! Since things are quieter (so far!) this morning, we’re also catching up on Thanksgiving information – look here a bit later for the list of “who’s open tomorrow” (it’ll be on the Holidays page too).

  • Lynne November 24, 2010 (7:03 am)

    Thanks WSB for awesome coverage of the storm!

  • Riverlea November 24, 2010 (7:10 am)

    Just drove Alki Ave over bridge and onto I5. Alki ave passable, patchy ice in places, take it easy there. WS bridge is clear.

  • StaceyD November 24, 2010 (7:19 am)

    Anyone been down Admiral to the bridge yet? Wondering if it is slippery??

  • karen November 24, 2010 (7:23 am)

    Does nayone have road info on the roads to the Lower bridge? Avalon?

  • Mike November 24, 2010 (7:36 am)

    I took the 54 in this morning. The wait at the stop was long (around 40 minutes – normally, four 54 or 55 buses would have arrived during that time period), but once on the bus, the roads were fine – it stayed on the lower bridge, and took 1st to the baseball stadium, then cut up to 3rd. I didn’t see any of the 55 buses running, though – I start from the Junction, and thought I’d see one either coming or going, but all I saw were a couple 54s coming into WS, and the one I got on to get out.

  • Mark K November 24, 2010 (7:40 am)

    Route 56 or 37 running? Haven’t seen or heard them along Alki yet.

    How’s Admiral from Alki up and over to the bridge?

  • LovingWS November 24, 2010 (7:42 am)

    I’m on the 54 heading south on California… on time!!!! Exactly, even.

    I took the 55 up from the bridge to the junction on snow route, just because it was passing and I wasn’t sure about 54

  • mightymo November 24, 2010 (7:44 am)

    @Mike Did you see any 560s (Sound Transit)? With the good reports about freeways, it’s possible my wife might not take the bus after all but I don’t want her waiting at the Junction in the cold for hours if she does.

  • Ellenater November 24, 2010 (7:51 am)

    I5 is completely clear. WSB is clear with patches of black ice, especially on the exits– so drive carefully. The streets downtown are basically okay but with some patches and strips of ice. I was in a 4wd vehicle and we did fine but I could hear the tires spin occasionally. We never lost control. Happy holidays everybody!! :)

  • margaritaville November 24, 2010 (7:57 am)

    According to my hubby, Admiral Way is fine.

  • jay November 24, 2010 (7:59 am)

    My drive from Delridge to South Lake Union was maybe even faster than normal today. Bridge was fine, viaduct fine, delridge was fine, sidestreets are icy but no problem at slow speeds. Cars are scarce downtown, so I got the best parking spot I’ve had in months!

  • Mike November 24, 2010 (8:01 am)

    @Mark K:
    I saw a 37 pass through the Junction, so it’s running.

    I saw a couple of 560s, as well. They looked warm :).

  • PDH November 24, 2010 (8:05 am)

    Drove from N. Admiral to top of Queen Anne with no problems. Admiral was bare and wet, bridge and 99 were fine. Came up East side (Taylor) of Queen Anne w/no problems. Side streets are not easy.

  • Ha November 24, 2010 (8:09 am)

    @Mike and @LovingWS –

    Thanks! I got on a 116/119 around 730 this morning on Fauntleroy. I was waiting for the 54 Express for which none were seen from 650 to 730.

    The bus time commute was fine! Roads seemed mostly bare and volume was light (an A!).

  • bridge to somewhere November 24, 2010 (8:18 am)

    A trick for reducing the chance of frozen water pipes (in addition to wrapping them in insulation): leave a faucet on with a slow and steady drip. The slowly flowing water will frustrate ice from forming in the line.

  • Rhonda November 24, 2010 (8:18 am)

    37 is running. Just got downtown. It was an easy trip in.

  • HelperMonkey November 24, 2010 (8:19 am)

    Road conditions report: Barton going up the hill appears to be black ice and lots of it. Going down was fine. Fauntleroy is bare and mostly dry. California Ave is bare and dryish. The little we saw of 35th was bare and wet, Roxbury appeared to also be bare and wet. Side streets in Arbor Heights still solid ice in some places, especially the streets that have overhanging trees.

  • shane November 24, 2010 (8:26 am)

    Drove to Ballard and back this AM. Main roads are good.

  • shane November 24, 2010 (8:28 am)

    PS….the buses I saw appeared to be mostly empty. Probably the first time in days

  • John November 24, 2010 (8:31 am)

    Got to the Junction at 7:15 and had to wait about 20 to 30 minutes for an inbound 54. During that time, I saw two 55’s heading north. I understand the 55 may have been very late for the typical 6:55 crowd. 560 was also running. Our 54 was packed and we turned people away on Avalon. Got downtown at 8:05 (3rd and Union) on the snow route.

  • kate November 24, 2010 (8:32 am)

    Thanks WSB for posting the information about AllStar’s classes- very helpful.

  • Synergy3k November 24, 2010 (8:37 am)

    I saw a 53 head down the hill between 7-11 and Uptown Espresso….kudos to the guy for trying it! I haven’t driven in a few days myself but may make the trek to Redmond this afternoon. Metro was great last night, so it’s tempting to take the bus again. Stay warm everyone!

  • MikeJ November 24, 2010 (8:40 am)

    No issues West Seattle to Eastgate..a little over 15 min!

  • Twiggie November 24, 2010 (8:41 am)

    I drove Thistle to 35th to West Seattle Bridge to I-5 South this morning and everything was very managable. The side streets off Thistle were a solid sheet of ice. There were a few spots on 35th that going under 30mph if you do not have a AWD vehicle would be advised. My Subaru and I made it to Tukwila no problems this morning.

    Be careful out there everyone and leave people plenty of distance! The roads may not be bad but because of the freezing temperatures a lot of windshield fluid lines are frozen and if you cut someone off and throw mud on their windshield they have no way to clean it off. Be kind and considerate of other drivers on the road. They want to make it to their desination on time and safe, just the same as you do.

  • JBL November 24, 2010 (8:48 am)

    I’m really appreciating the WSB right now. I’m trying to find out if there is a passable road up to the top of Queen Anne and there is just nothing online or on the news. Neither of the Queen Anne blogs have anything. We are so lucky here. Also, anyone seen any reports about alternate routes up to Queen Anne?

  • westseattlegrl November 24, 2010 (8:50 am)

    left my house near PCC. drove north on California (bare and wet in the lanes), turned onto Admiral (bare and wet), onto the bridge (dry and clear), and then north on 99 (viaduct clear). took 10 minutes to get from my house to the tunnel. (safe driving speed).
    roads are good, and very little traffic at 8:15

  • Findlay November 24, 2010 (8:55 am)

    Went to SeaTac via 35th, WS Bridge, & I-5. Exit and sidestreets icy, but manageable.

  • D November 24, 2010 (9:04 am)

    Have a prius and need to get to a dtrs appt on Madison/pill hill….worried about ramps and exits and Madison……any advice?

  • Janet November 24, 2010 (9:20 am)

    Just drove from 15th SW & Henderson down to 99/599 South and exiting at Interurban Blvd in Tukwilla–no problem. Surface streets are still slick but the main roads are bare.

  • Joan November 24, 2010 (9:22 am)

    Roxbury, Myers Way and First Ave South bridge all fine as of 8:30 this morning. Kudos to Seattle for doing an infinitely better job this winter keeping roads navigable!

  • SD November 24, 2010 (9:23 am)

    Is Edmunds between 41st and 42nd still completely icy? I’m assuming yes but if anyone knows differently, please let me know. AAA won’t tow my car until it’s clear. Thanks much.

  • MJ November 24, 2010 (9:26 am)

    Much better driving today…left Highland Park Drive and SW Holden at 8:00. Took Holden to 16th to Orchard and then Delridge to the Bridge. No problems. Made it to the UW in less than half an hour. I5 NB was fine…

  • WSMOM November 24, 2010 (9:35 am)

    California has been a lot better this year…last time we had a ton of snow it was like driving on a washboard! Although, I don’t think this was as much snow, but still – great job of keeping that main road relatively clear.

  • goodgraces November 24, 2010 (9:38 am)

    Anyone know the safest driving route off Pigeon Point hill? We’re at the top, near the school. Ruling out Andover from past experience and wondering if 21st to Oregon and then down to Delridge is acceptable. There’s a bus that runs up that way to the college — hoping the roads might have been treated for that reason?

  • PDH November 24, 2010 (9:39 am)

    JBL: Drove from N. Admiral to top of Queen Anne this a.m. using the East route of going up Taylor Avenue.

  • $$$ November 24, 2010 (9:39 am)

    Will recycling be picked up next week too?

    • WSB November 24, 2010 (9:49 am)

      $$$ – that’s what the city advisory says …

  • mark s. November 24, 2010 (9:45 am)

    Another tip to avoid freezing pipes – keep the cupboard doors that hide them open. It’ll allow the ambient room heat more ready access to pipes under sinks etc.

  • AW November 24, 2010 (9:49 am)

    Hi everyone, I left my car on 4th and Dakota and am trying to get it safely back to Ballard today. I’m not very familiar with WSeattle and I have a 2WD Volvo. Would you advise going back to Admiral/California junction and taking Admiral down or taking California to Alaska and then taking Fauntleroy to the bridge? Or any other route? I just want to be safe and don’t care how long it takes! Thanks!

    • WSB November 24, 2010 (10:14 am)

      AW – I think you’re missing a digit, since we don’t have “4th/Dakota,” but if you are close to The Junction, getting to Fauntleroy and The Bridge will enable you to avoid hills.

  • LAT November 24, 2010 (9:52 am)

    Has anyone driven from Beach Drive up Admiral or Jacobson??

  • sam November 24, 2010 (9:59 am)

    goodgraces; Andover is pretty icy still.

    the Dawson/21st/ 23rd/ Oregon curvy street is very clear. the 125 is on snow-route though, which means it goes down to Delridge back at home depot:( – even if SDOT clears the curvy hilly road, metro avoids it….

    the stretch of 21st west of Cooper/Pathfinder, along the green area is still icy, though I saw cars managing it, slow and steady.

  • ANicePerson November 24, 2010 (10:11 am)

    Anyone know the coindition of Admiral Way west of California?

  • goodgraces November 24, 2010 (10:22 am)

    Thanks for the Pigeon Point update, Sam!

  • Tina November 24, 2010 (10:23 am)

    Went down Admiral from California Ave at 6:00am this morning and no problems, came back up it at 8:00am and again no problems. The high rise bridge was bare so no problems there either, the hills downtown were fine too. Be safe everyone!

  • JBL November 24, 2010 (10:26 am)

    Thanks for the Queen Anne tips. I’d been on Queen Anne View all morning waiting for them to update, but since I thought today was the 25th I thought that post was old. It’s important to know what day it is when you’re looking for up-to-date news info!

  • wuchi November 24, 2010 (10:33 am)

    They just salted the hills on SW Alaska St (West of California) — THANK YOU CITY OF SEATTLE :)

  • Tony S November 24, 2010 (10:45 am)

    I heard something about snow and cold weather going on or something. Can anyone shed some light on that?


    • WSB November 24, 2010 (10:53 am)

      Road report from intrepid co-publisher, who took a test drive down the hill in prep for us both going out on errands and scouting. California SW from Thistle south to Morgan Junction is fine. TIP, THOUGH – check your windshield wipers before leaving. The ducts were iced over and the wipers were needed because of crud kicking up off the road.

  • Maris November 24, 2010 (11:31 am)

    Edmunds between 41st and 42 looking good. Sand/salt truck came by about 45 minutes ago.

  • SD November 24, 2010 (11:43 am)

    Thanks Maris!

  • kg November 24, 2010 (12:18 pm)

    My instructor was a no show at SSCC for 1000am class. Looked like quite a few other students were locked out of classrooms due instructors not showing as well.

  • SD November 24, 2010 (1:18 pm)

    Yay! I got my car jumped and I was able to back it down the hill on Edmunds where it was stuck with the help of the kind tow truck driver, then drive it home. Thank you stan’s mountainview towing! AAA was still too overwhelmed so they told me to call someone else and put in for reimbursement.

    Thank you so much to everyone here on WSB who helped out!

    Edmunds east of 42nd is still pretty icy though even though it’s been salted/sanded–several people who attempted it while I was getting the car jumped were not able to crest the hill and had to back down. Much better to take Alaska if you can, which is completely clear.

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