West Seattle snow: Wednesday-into-Thursday overnight updates

What you see glistening in the streetlight on the silhouetted rosebush and escallonia is what will likely make tomorrow morning dicier than today – a coating of ice, courtesy of the freezing rain that followed today’s snow. The National Weather Service expects that “rain” to end soon – just a chance of a little more snow in the forecast – but the temperature’s below freezing and that means no melt-off yet. Be careful especially on your front steps and sidewalk, even if you have a great helper like 6-year-old Zach:

Throughout the night, we have been adding to the list of school closures for tomorrow – so far, almost everyone has made their announcement already. Still awaiting South Seattle Community College, which says it’ll decide by 5 am. And we’ll likely hear in the morning from Tilden School (WSB sponsor), perhaps the only school in West Seattle open today (and recess was sure fun)!

We also have some non-school closures/cancellations for tomorrow on a separate list – businesses, organizations, etc., please let us know so we can share.

For transit, Metro continues on snow routes. But here’s hoping you can stay home, or close to home, and enjoy sights like the Longfellow Creek “fishbone” bridge, photographed by LK:

… and the Alki Statue of Liberty, which faced into the north wind and seaspray today, as shown in David Hutchinson‘s photo:

P.S. We have yet another wave of photos still to be added to today’s gallery in the next hour or so – check back!

19 Replies to "West Seattle snow: Wednesday-into-Thursday overnight updates"

  • lisa January 18, 2012 (10:57 pm)

    I am so sad for those kids who had to go to school today, but even more sad for the poor teachers!

  • datamuse January 18, 2012 (11:11 pm)

    I just got home to Highland Park from the Seattle Opera. Streets are icy, but totally manageable as long as you take it easy. Even got up Highland Park Way with no problem–in a AWD Volvo, but there was a sedan ahead of me that managed it just fine as well.
    The worst part was getting from my (steep) driveway to the front door because driveway and sidewalk are sheets of ice. Note to self: get some sand.

  • Elise January 18, 2012 (11:51 pm)

    Took the dogs out for one last pee and nearly wiped out in my own back yard. Sheets of ice on the concrete that we snow shoveled earlier today. Be careful.

  • Chivahn January 18, 2012 (11:59 pm)

    Hoping around noon thing are ok going over the WS Bridge to the ActivSpace. My car is old and rear wheel drive but I can not afford to miss any more work.

  • carole January 19, 2012 (12:07 am)

    Superior court both downtown and Kent closed Thursday.

  • LyndaB January 19, 2012 (5:40 am)

    My mom just made it to Boeing Everett. She says it’s really icy so drive carefully!

  • soosan January 19, 2012 (5:58 am)

    EBS just interrupted NPR with an “ice storm warning.”

  • CandrewB January 19, 2012 (6:10 am)

    Was about to head in, guess I’ll wait until the ice storm subsides.

  • nic January 19, 2012 (6:15 am)

    Anyone attempted the high bridge yet? I need to get to Bellevue, but it looks like a skating rink out there!

  • soundDogswims January 19, 2012 (6:18 am)

    Serious layer of ice on snow! But even though it looks like it is mixed snow coming down, it seem to be warm enough that some ice on tree branches is beginning to slowly melt? I am hoping so because this damages plants. My poplar was a chandalier of treacherous ice last night. I wish I had a better camera.

    Anyway, the street looks good though and cars are moving along just fine.

    Take care out there.

  • Gina January 19, 2012 (6:19 am)

    Seattle Public Libraries are ALL closed today due to iced over conditions.


  • ca January 19, 2012 (6:23 am)

    Hows delridge and W’s bridge???gotta get to ballard…any west seattlelites been on 99 yet?

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (6:26 am)

      Thanks all, sorry to get the morning report launched late. Have just started it and will add the information you are already reporting. – TR

  • Ken January 19, 2012 (6:28 am)

    got my “snowtrax” on and slowly working on the sidewalk and digging out a car.


  • smokeycretin9 January 19, 2012 (6:31 am)

    The High Bridge was slick but passable at 5:45. I only went as far as the 4th ave offramp to get to Georgetown.

    BTW, Lucile St, between 1st and 6th is a sheet of ice covered snow.

    Please people, watch your speeds.

  • smokeycretin9 January 19, 2012 (6:33 am)

    if you have to go anywhere, leave about 15 to 20 minutes to just de-ice your car. Mine had at LEAST 1/4″ of ice. Dont use a bucket of hot water on it, unless you want to buy a new windsheild and dont use your electric side windows either.

  • sam-c January 19, 2012 (7:09 am)

    love the fish bridge photo !

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