Though the snow has stopped, the temperature is dropping, and the concern now turns to icy roads. Fewer will be on those roads tomorrow than most Mondays, since it is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, with schools out and governments closed, but many will still be out there headed to work. SDOT promises it will have full crews working on major roadways overnight; we photographed the snowplow above in The Junction just before dusk. If you plan to use transit, note that Metro is on snow routes again tomorrow, and also a reduced-weekday schedule for the holiday. We haven’t heard of business closures yet – we had some today in our afternoon coverage – but if you do, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org, or the comments section here) so we can help get the word out.
Meantime, we’re still going through more photos received this afternoon. Yes, there are people sleeping outside in the snow; WSB Forums members who visited the “Nickelsville” encampment in Highland Park this afternoon took photos:
That’s from Munchkin22. The current camp population includes children and teens, we are told, who worked on this snowman:
You can join the discussion about donating warm clothing and blankets, if interested in helping – here’s the Forums topic. The Union Gospel Mission also is collecting blankets to help homeless people; last night they were scheduled to be out in the White Center area, looking for people sleeping outdoors.
Also from Highland Park, the future Westcrest Park expansion atop the now-covered West Seattle Reservoir has been inaugurated as a sledding spot. Deanie Schwarz caught it on video:
Deanie reports; “Paul Chu of Highland Park walked with daughter Sofia (3 years old) and neighborhood friends’ son Diego (9 years old) to the park. Chu told us it was a great safe place for young and older kids. He also said the sledding spot was free and that’s always better than a snow day up at Snoqualmie which can run well over $50 for permits and cards. ”
ADDED 11:30 PM: We’ve gone back through the mailboxes and there are still so many photos and videos to share. Adding a few after the jump, as one more look back at a snowy Sunday (with more to come, forecasters all seem to agree):
Several sent photos of birds in the snow. Danny McMillin‘s hummingbird video tells the story of the day for these little critters:
Cindy’s cat Cricket would have been fascinated:
MM shared a quick clip of her dogs playing in the snow:
Then there were the snowpeople – both little, as created by Machel Spence‘s daughter India:
And big – Kelly and family, in Admiral:
And bigger! Barb McGlothlin wondered if this one might be THE biggest snowman in West Seattle:
She explains, “The kids only needed help from an adult to stack the snowballs. We live on the 3200 block of 56th Ave SW. The kids asked me to send this to the Blog. Neighbors include: Taylor & Will McGlothlin, Jane and Natalie Miller. Flora and Kai Medina. Plus two of their friends.”
Then from tonight – Shana shot this, looking over at an ex-Huling lot west of The Triangle – an odd car ritual on a snow-frosted parking lot:
She says multiple cars have done this so far tonight.