West Seattle snow: Wednesday morning updates

(TOPLINES: Snow started 2 am … most schools closed, listed here … no trash [etc.] pickup today … non-school closures/changes listed here (including 3 meetings canceled for tonight) … Metro on snow routes, with some cancellations)

(Latest bridge and Viaduct views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:07 AM: As noted in our overnight coverage, the snow began to fall around 2 am. No big flakes, though, so it hasn’t piled up in a big way. Most schools have announced they’re closed – here’s the official list – we’ll be compiling a list of any other closures there are to report (facilities, businesses, etc.) so please let us know what you’re hearing/seeing. The city is working on the arterials as promised (here’s the tracking map); so far, no major road trouble reported. Metro is continuing on snow routes, with some cancellations – check the list here. Your commute report is appreciated if you have to go in – whether by car, bus, bike, Water Taxi, etc.!

6:43 AM UPDATE: ***No Wednesday trash/recycling/etc. pickup***, the city has announced – if you have Wednesday pickup, put it out tomorrow. In comments, Bob S. notes that while the SDOT map suggests the west leg of Admiral Way is cleared, it doesn’t look that way from where he is – so again, eyewitness commute reports (and when feasible after sunrise, photos) VERY much appreciated, but of course no texting while driving, please!

7:15 AM UPDATE: Went out for a firsthand look. About 2 inches where we are (Upper Fauntleroy/south Gatewood, about 350′ elevation). Non-arterial streets completely snow-covered; arterials have at least one traveled lane. Here’s our look at Thistle/California from just before 7:

Forecast says the winter-storm warning remains up till 8 tonight, AND that it will be windy this afternoon.

7:33 AM UPDATE: Seattle Public Library announces its branches will be open 1-5 pm today. We have started our “other closures/changes” list – find it here – and that’s part of it. Another commute note – Water Taxi running OK, says Charlie via Twitter. (added) And Russ tweeted this photo:

8:05 AM UPDATE: Outside WS, if you get stuck in a pay station/meter spot, you will NOT get ticketed “during snow response,” the city says in response to a WSB commenter’s question we forwarded. We’re headed back out the door for an updated look at nearby streets. P.S. The unstoppable Tilden School (WSB sponsor) says it IS open for those who can get there safely, per Julie Enevoldsen. Also just got a “short-term forecast” from National Weather Service, expecting “moderate snow” to continue in Seattle till at least 10 am.

8:32 AM UPDATE: Could not resist that one – Machel Spence captures a house finch’s bewilderment at the unusual sight. (We’ll be publishing photos today both in ongoing coverage like this and for a separate gallery.) Still no major road troubles aside from some stuck buses – Wildwood in Fauntleroy is the most recent trouble spot mentioned on the scanner – but we just got a tweet suggesting things are worsening as the snow continues; Keith just came back from downtown and says he saw some drivers struggling on the bridge.

9 AM UPDATE: That’s an updated look at the two-arterial turn near WSB HQ, looking north on California as it turns eastward uphill onto Thistle. Snow blowing sideways out of the north here, at least three inches on the ground.

9:21 AM: From Jeff, a shot looking southward at 35th just past Holden. On the business front, we have heard from Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska), which has gear not only for whatever ski trip this weather enables, but also for you to get around today – “For everyone stuck in WS, we have gloves, hats, and clothing if people are not prepared of the storm. We also have a dozen pairs of rental snowshoes as well, not to often you get to try it at sea level!” says proprietor Greg Whittaker.

9:54 AM: Ron Zuber on the SW Morgan hill east of Morgan Junction advises avoiding it: “Between California and 35th (it) is a mess. Don’t try it unless you have studs or chains.” (He should know – he is an emergency-preparedness expert. And we thank him for this pic:)

Morgan Community Association, by the way, has canceled tonight’s meeting (rescheduled to January 25th), as has the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council. (Our list of non-school closures/changes keeps getting longer – see it here.)

10:59 AM UPDATE: We’ll keep this story going till about noon, and then switch over to an afternoon report. In comments, there was a question about who’s open for lunch. More restaurants than you might think! We have been monitoring Facebook and Twitter as well as receiving e-mails, and have noted in the comments who’s open, as well as noting on our closures page who’s closed or changed operations. All info welcome – editor@westseattleblog.com, or post a comment. Meantime, if you’re reading this from outside WS and wondering, still snowing but still very fine, and blowing out of the north.

11:13 AM UPDATE: Tonight’s Seattle School Board meeting – which included a key vote on “capacity management” for next year, affecting many West Seattle families – is postponed till next Wednesday. Meantime, the aforementioned lunch discussion (who’s open?) is also happening on the WSB Facebook page – direct link here. Meantime, from Anne at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), Morgan Junction:

And a fun photo (while we set up today’s gallery) from Robert Perry – the “Alki Sentry”:

Yes, some people biked in this morning – Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom (a West Seattleite and bicyclist) told one rider’s story on seattletimes.com.

1:08 PM NOTE: We have now moved to ongoing afternoon coverage here, and also are adding additional photos (mostly snow fun!) to an ongoing gallery for today, here.

129 Replies to "West Seattle snow: Wednesday morning updates"

  • Michelle January 18, 2012 (6:11 am)

    King County Superior Court is closed.

  • A January 18, 2012 (6:13 am)

    Husband has been waiting for the 120 at approx Trenton and Delridge for over an hour with a group of others. OneBusAway has reported three times that it was approaching. It has apparently not shown up any of those times.

  • A January 18, 2012 (6:14 am)

    Apparently it just finally showed. Nearly 90 minutes waiting.

  • k January 18, 2012 (6:15 am)

    One bus away may not function correctly during snow routes.

  • Ash January 18, 2012 (6:30 am)

    Highland Park Way report would be much appreciated :)

  • Tony January 18, 2012 (6:32 am)

    Wife just drove to UW @615am, took 15 minutes. No problem cept a little sliding at Morgan when brakes applied. Full disclosure: she’s from East Coadt with AWD Subaru. Drive safe.

  • Robin January 18, 2012 (6:33 am)

    coming into work at 5:00, I saw three buses stuck trying to get up Olson Pl. They weren’t going anywhere.

  • Bob S January 18, 2012 (6:33 am)

    THe SDOT map shows Admiral Way should be plowed from Alki to Spokane St. I just looked out my front door, and Admiral doesn’t appear to be cleared here, west of California Ave.

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (6:40 am)

      Thanks, Bob S. I’m always a little leery of automated maps and very appreciative of eyewitness reports … TR

  • Stori H. January 18, 2012 (6:39 am)

    Just drove from Westwood to Fife left at 5 a.m. and got here at 6 a.m. It was a bit dicey through Federal Way…just take it slow

  • Gina January 18, 2012 (6:42 am)

    Seattle Public Libraries may be open from 1-5 today, call branch before trekking in.

  • Sue January 18, 2012 (6:46 am)

    We came across the high bridge just now (0640), slushy/compact snow…1st Avenue has been plowed and sanded. Heading into downtown so as not to burn a vacation day. Have seen some busses go by. Stay safe out there.

  • Delridge Denizen January 18, 2012 (6:47 am)

    Middle Delridge is clear and wet, not icy. Two 120s and 2 fire trucks under full siren went north 20 or so minutes ago.

  • alison January 18, 2012 (6:49 am)

    Metro 54 has been sitting still (stuck?) on the curve of Barton just after the YMCA. Barton is snow covered and have not seen plows or sand trucks yet.

  • A January 18, 2012 (6:49 am)

    Re onebusaway and snow routes – yes I know. However, the 120 was NOT reported to be on a snow route, and regardless it didn’t show up for 90 minutes. It’s a twice an hour route. Somebody either is driving an alternate route without reporting it, or it was delayed/ cancelled without any notification on metro’s site.

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (6:51 am)

      Metro has said all buses are on snow routes unless they are canceled.

  • Bob S January 18, 2012 (6:56 am)

    Cars are moving on Admiral, so I’m going to give it a go. If it was plowed, it was by a VW Thing.

  • Velo_nut January 18, 2012 (6:56 am)

    35th and Thistle to downtown in 15 minutes, no problems. Just take it easy, dont be stupid. :-)

  • K January 18, 2012 (7:01 am)

    Did you cycle in Velo? ;0)

  • Pman January 18, 2012 (7:02 am)

    Where are best places to take kids sledding?

  • ca January 18, 2012 (7:03 am)

    Hows bridge, and delridge??

  • LesleyB January 18, 2012 (7:05 am)

    The SDOT site looks as if SODO is being neglected entirely. Any first-hand accounts would be appreciated. I’m trying to decide if I should attempt the trek from West Seattle to SODO/Georgetown.

  • Erskine January 18, 2012 (7:06 am)

    Erskine Way is good and snow covered, no plowing here, but a handful of cars have been making their way up the hill from 48th without incident, although very slowly.

    Anyone have info on 99N and the on-ramp from the bridge? According to the automated map, 99 is a Level 1 snow route but hasn’t been plowed until the Sodo on-ramp.

    It looks like they’ve de-iced 4th all the way, though; may be a good alternative?


  • Gene January 18, 2012 (7:06 am)

    As a FYI: if OneBusAway says “scheduled arrival” rather than “on time” or shows a delay, then it is definitely NOT giving real-time updates. Basically, often it is just giving “what the schedule say” rather than real-time info. More accurate and accessible real-time info would be a huge boon for transit riders, especially on days like today. Good luck out there everyone!

  • Jsv January 18, 2012 (7:06 am)

    Daycare – Northwest Children’s Center at Chinook is closed.

  • rebecca January 18, 2012 (7:08 am)

    As a long time bus rider, the experience your husband had this AM waiting for the 120 is typical. While there isn’t a snow route for the 120 it is often delayed even though its a route that comes fairly frequent during peak times. You can’t follow a schedule today, unfortunately the buses are pretty random on days like today.

  • Steph January 18, 2012 (7:10 am)

    Holy Snowball!!! So exciting.

  • Tony January 18, 2012 (7:11 am)

    Bright Horizons is trying to open @ 830am, possibly 10am.

  • Velo_nut January 18, 2012 (7:17 am)

    Thought about it… I have studded tires for my cyclocross bike. I brought my snowshoes with me to run home for cross training though!

  • Spikele January 18, 2012 (7:23 am)

    TR, If I have to ditch my car downtown this afternoon. Will I be ticketed if it’s parked in a metered zone, do you know? I tried looking up info on the city page to no success.

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (7:33 am)

      Spikele – good question. Will see if we can get an answer on that. – TR

  • Trileigh January 18, 2012 (7:25 am)

    Snowing furiously down here by Lincoln Park! Who knows, maybe we’ll get Snowpocalypse after all??

    Just noticed a cat running across our snowy road. Take care of those animals, everyone!

  • JW January 18, 2012 (7:28 am)

    Caught 54X at Fauntleroy & Juneau at 7:15 and had just missed one at 7:00. Driver stopping ay any stop with people waiting even if not regular stop. Plugging along nicely to downtown via low bridge

  • Andrew January 18, 2012 (7:33 am)

    Junction area to UW Med Center not bad, bridge was in pretty good shape. Side streets are a little bit slippery.

  • jb January 18, 2012 (7:34 am)

    Does anyone know if Highland Park way is open?

  • DIzzle January 18, 2012 (7:38 am)

    HP way appears to open (I can see the intersection of Holden & HP from my house). Cars going down and I have seen a few coming up. I am going to head out in a bit and will provide updates.

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (7:39 am)

      Thanks, Diz! That’s one a lot of folks always ask about. – TR

  • Westie January 18, 2012 (7:40 am)

    Got to the top of Avalon and saw it doesn’t look plowed and some guy was fish-tailing so I decided to come home. Anyone know of a plowed hill to South Park?

  • janvp January 18, 2012 (7:44 am)

    Just saw a pickup truck park at the bottom of the hill on Concord going up to Fauntlee Hills. Occupants got out and walked up the hill. Too slippery to negotiate with the truck.

  • Spikele January 18, 2012 (7:45 am)

    @ TR, thanks for the assistance

  • East Coast Cynic January 18, 2012 (7:45 am)

    Janvp, that sounds like what could happen to the buses later on.

    Took a vacation day. I work downtown and my main concern was the ability to get home even if I did get to work without a problem. The snow will reportedly keep coming down for the bulk of the day, and will probably start freezing on the ground. Will those articulated buses make it up those hilly West Seattle streets in the late afternoon/early evening??

  • JD January 18, 2012 (7:46 am)

    Avalon is compact snow and ice

  • CI January 18, 2012 (7:46 am)

    How is 35th between Findley and Alaska ?

  • smokeycretin9 January 18, 2012 (7:48 am)

    I am wondering if it is better to go MEyers Way down to Georgetown or take the W.S. Bridge?

    Any reports?

  • Zoey January 18, 2012 (7:49 am)

    I’ll let you know what my dad says about how the buses are handling the snow when I hear from him. He’s out driving one right now!

  • undrgrndwmn January 18, 2012 (7:49 am)

    2-1/2″ at my house in Gatewood.

  • O January 18, 2012 (7:50 am)

    anyone taken 21 bus yet? I am assuming they are running late but running?

  • soosan January 18, 2012 (7:53 am)

    Left Genesee Hill at 6:50 for Bellevue.

    Admiral is *not* plowed west of California, but this is only a problem heading downhill–uphill is OK. The Admiral hill to the bridge is fine both ways (slow and steady).

    Upper bridge was fine, again, slow and steady, the only danger is people going too fast. Took about 15 minutes from my house to I-5.

    But! I got on 90 which was completely covered with snow, no signs of plow/sand/salt. That’s when I started to fishtail a bit, so I got off at Rainier and headed back home on city streets. Low bridge is fine both ways, again, (can I say it too many times?) slow and steady.

    Home again by 7:40.

    Nice little morning adventure.

  • samson January 18, 2012 (7:55 am)

    agreed with JD

    I was coming home from work (forced to leave) and saw company van hit the small car on Avalon uphill and stuck…. it looks like the driver was speeding uphill…

    the roads are quite bad and suggest to stay home. if you have to go out, drive slow and use 4WD and good tires… dont rush and give yourself some time!!

    drivers, please do not tailgate too…

  • Kayleigh January 18, 2012 (7:56 am)

    Working from home as I’m pretty sure getting home on the bus from SLU/downtown would be problematic at best.

  • Kendra Williams January 18, 2012 (7:59 am)

    No problem getting down 35th from Webster. They just sanded. Bridge moving well. One lane plowed. Use lower gears rather than brakes. I-5 slow but moving. plowed and sanded. Madison exit slippery. Sliding a bit. Made it to Swedish ok.
    Webster to Swedish in 1/2 hour.

  • LyndaB January 18, 2012 (7:59 am)

    RE: Experienced East Coast Subaru Driver to UW:

    Inexperienced Seattle-raised Subaru Driver to UW:


    I left about the same time, too.

  • Rachel January 18, 2012 (8:01 am)

    Just got to work at Swedish. Drove Admiral from 63rd. Saw snow plows going up and down Admiral. Took the bridge across and I5 to James St exit. Lots of snow coming down, but not bad to drive on. Took me about 30 min going around 30-35 mph. Just worried about the drive home…

  • Laura January 18, 2012 (8:01 am)

    WS Bridge is snowpacked, but doesn’t appear to be too icy. Speeds were 20-25 with no sliding around (I have a Prius). Commute from Raymond to I-90 via 4th Ave S. was around 20 minutes.

  • Spikele January 18, 2012 (8:17 am)

    TR, Thanks for the answer!!! I love it! I think I spent an hour looking for it. Thanks for saving me time!

  • Bill at Duwamish Head January 18, 2012 (8:17 am)

    I need to go to the airport, anyone been down 509 and 518?

  • Norah January 18, 2012 (8:21 am)

    TR, thanks for keeping this blog and keeping us updated!

  • undrgrndwmn January 18, 2012 (8:24 am)

    KOMO just said that it doesn’t appear that the bridge has been plowed. Wonder about the Viaduct?

  • linda January 18, 2012 (8:24 am)

    Anyone know how the high rise is headed eastbound, downhill out of West Seattle? Is Avalon a better option since it is a bus route? I have someone headed out to work, has to get in so he can drive a Metro bus.

  • Tiff January 18, 2012 (8:25 am)

    I live at Fauntleroy and Edmunds, it hasnt stopped snowing since I woke up at 5 A.M. I have only seen two express buses go by in three hours. Traffic is light, mostly heavier vehicles only on this stretch. I took a vacation day, I have an ankle injury and trudging through the snow for any reason seems silly.

  • Nate January 18, 2012 (8:29 am)

    Cars without 4-wheel drive are struggling to get up 35th in Arbor Heights (around 108th, 107th).

  • T January 18, 2012 (8:32 am)

    Husband left house to catch bus on Delridge at 8 am, on the 120 by 8:15. Good luck out there busriders!

  • DIzzle January 18, 2012 (8:35 am)

    Dizzle’s Official Highland Parkway Report:
    As of 8:30 AM, it is open North & South bound. A fair amount of slush but the road surface is visible. SW Holden is a bit more compacted with snow but saw a handful of cars safely making their way.

    Next update when I head out to shovel in a couple hours!

  • Alison January 18, 2012 (8:37 am)

    Left Fauntlee Hills a few minutes before 8 am, took 35th north (one lane each direction fairly well traveled). Took the high bridge to 99 – lanes headed to I-5 had pavement showing in spots but slush and snow once you got to the high part of the bridge. 99 exit lane was all snow and slush – no pavement showing. 99 north to downtown was snowcovered with areas where you could see the pavement through the slush. Seneca Street offramp covered in snow. Downtown streets are slushy and snowy but passable. Took about 18 minutes driving slowly in an AWD SUV, Boston-raised driver! It is pretty much a ghost town downtown. Very few drivers on the roads on the way here.

  • Sue January 18, 2012 (8:38 am)

    Metro Alert: no service on 54 to White Center:

    “Snow Reroute update:

    Due to road conditions, Metro Route 54 is unable to serve the portion of its routing to White Center.

    Until further notice, when heading toward White Center, all Rt 54 service will be turning back at 45th Av SW & SW Brace Pt, not serving the White Center area.

    Metro expects this reroute to be in effect until the road can be cleared and safely traveled. 

    We will provide updates if the situation changes.”

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (8:56 am)

      Thanks, Sue, Linda from Metro has been trying to post that, she tells me, but our system is rejecting her e-mail address! (If anyone else notices any site glitches – aside from slowness due to heavy traffic – please let us know; we upgraded our software overnight, and it shouldn’t cause any problems, just improvements, but you never know when some little thing somewhere will go sideways …) – TR

  • Freebies January 18, 2012 (8:45 am)

    Be safe everyone! If your journey isn’t critical STAY AT HOME!

  • Amalia January 18, 2012 (8:52 am)

    YIPPEE!! Anyone know if Barnes & Noble is open at Westwood? Good day to walk over and spend my gift certificate (or, as I call it, “work from home” :)).

    Thanks for all the great updates, WSB and others!

  • Laura Kennedy Gould January 18, 2012 (8:58 am)

    If you’re waiting for a south-bound 54, there’s been one stuck for at least 15 minutes on SW Barton St. hill (halfway up from ferry). We just saw it finally creepy-crawl up Barton.

  • Margie January 18, 2012 (9:00 am)

    My spouse left our house which is between Admiral and Alaska about 8:15 and made it to 4th and Dearborn in about 35 minutes. Said the bridge was a little slippery, but took 4th ave exit and it wasn’t too bad going up 4th. He was however practically alone when he arrived in the office.

  • OP January 18, 2012 (9:09 am)

    I was able to go from Morgan Junction to Admiral Junction w/o issues. Not recommended w/o AWD, 4WD or chains or if you have little-to-no snow driving skills. I did NOT see any plows and are needed on California and Fauntleroy.

  • Rockmom January 18, 2012 (9:12 am)

    Thank you so much for providing such wonderful photos of nature like the beautiful little bird in the snow in your blog. It always makes me smile :)

  • DIzzle January 18, 2012 (9:17 am)

    Something else to consider: 4WD/AWD doesn’t mean you will have traction; it’s more so about your tires. I have seen plenty of cars on the news in ditches that were SUVs/trucks. If you are running all-season tires that are worn, you might as well stay home. And those putting chains on, if your car is front-wheel drive, the chains go on the front!

  • sam-c January 18, 2012 (9:18 am)

    Delridge at the north end looks like a mix of sand and slush, but people are making it ok. saw a couple 120 and 125 go by within 30 minutes.

    a word of caution: the giant long trucks leaving Nucor steel seem to have a method of “not stopping for the light in order to maintain momentum to get thru the light and up the on-ramp.” saw a flagger a couple times, but if they don’t have a flagger out there, they are relying their horn to let you know they are not stopping. (just based on 3 instances that I saw)

    walk to work wasn’t bad, could have done without the wind blowing snow in my face. and thanks to the guy in the van that offered me a ride!
    as of 8:00 am, they hadn’t yet blocked off the oregon/22nd/21st/Dawson hill to SSCC.

  • Gina January 18, 2012 (9:19 am)

    Sister lives on Beach Drive, says there is snow on the rocks on the beach!

  • Cathy January 18, 2012 (9:23 am)

    Sledding answer.

    Hamilton viewpoint, the side streets next to Madison middle school, Charleston hill (for the brave), and the reservoir, oh and the golf course.

  • coffee January 18, 2012 (9:27 am)

    How about some headlights turned on when driving please…. Also don’t forget to shovel your sidewalks, its the law in the city limits…

  • SJ2 January 18, 2012 (9:33 am)

    Patrick – Any updates/predictions? I hope this will last all day!

  • GenHillOne January 18, 2012 (9:34 am)

    Nooooo…with all due respect, Cathy, please do NOT sled on the streets. While Charlestown is most likely closed at the top, cars still drive on 47/48th at the bottom and cannot stop if a sled comes flying off the hill into the intersection. I can’t tell you how many close calls there are on the side streets around us when we have snowfall. Not only is there the cross-traffic, but 99% of the hills are still open for vehicles who won’t expect someone in the road. Go to a park to play!

  • Lura Ercolano January 18, 2012 (9:39 am)

    Re sledding on side streets: Please be aware that slamming into a parked car at 20 miles per hour and no helmet involves the same risk of injury and or death as being struck by a moving car at that speed. Storms in the 80’s and 90’s had multiple children actually killed and others put in wheelchairs for life due to collisions with parked cars.

  • smokeycretin9 January 18, 2012 (9:40 am)

    Just took the wife up to Swedish on First HIll. 35th to the bridge, not too bad. People going too fast on the bridge. I-5 not bad, Madison exit really slick and Madison had a couple front wheel drive cars stuck.
    Went I-5 South to Michigan. Michigan off ramp fairly slick. First Ave S Bridge not bad.

    Meyers Way Olsen PLace Hill was not bad except for the people stuck behind a rear wheel drive truck spinning its wheels in place.

    (begin RANT) people, if you own a pickup truck or a Mustang 5.0 for gods sake put some chains on it or at the very least a couple snow tires. When you get stuck, people get stuck behind you! (end RANT)

  • Sledding!!! January 18, 2012 (9:41 am)

    If there are cars on the road today who do not expect to see people in the road that is concerning… Where I live my kids sled on the road, the responsible way. I stand at the bottom and watch for cars and give them an “all clear” when it is good to go. (admittedly I live in an area where once snow like this comes there is not a lot of activity, and no risk of slamming into a parked car)

  • sam-c January 18, 2012 (9:44 am)

    and when the Nucor trucks do stop for the light…. they get stuck out in the intersection for a bit….

  • Kendra Williams January 18, 2012 (9:49 am)

    Buses not making it up 35th. We made in our Subaru to the top.

  • David January 18, 2012 (9:55 am)

    Drove in to work via WS Bridge and viaduct to South Lake Union. Left at 7:30am arrived at 7:55am. WS Bridge and viaduct had very few cars. It is passable however it is compact snow all the way. It may have been treated earlier.

  • Jeff January 18, 2012 (10:08 am)

    Made it from 35th & Holden to 3rd & Union via the 21 in about 40 minutes. It doesn’t seem that many of the roads downtown or otherwise have been plowed. Cars are making it through, but there is a lot of sliding going on.

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  • Bob S January 18, 2012 (10:22 am)

    I just drove from North Admiral to Renton (167 & I-405) and back. Less the hour I was at work, it took 2 hours for the round trip.

    Down the Admiral hill, across the bridge, south on I-5 to I-405, to work took 1/2 hour.

    518 to 1st Ave, to 116th St, to 16th Ave, to Roxbury, to 35th, to Alaska, to California, to Admiral took 90 minutes.

    It’s doable, but don’t do it.

  • really? January 18, 2012 (10:27 am)

    how is california hill going north from thistle to fauntleroy?

  • skeeter January 18, 2012 (10:31 am)

    Many roads are icy. I do not recommend trying to drive in West Seattle unless you have all wheel drive or chains/cables.

  • linda January 18, 2012 (10:38 am)

    Even though Fauntleroy Way is a bus route, it has not been plowed since I started watching at 6:30 a.m. on either side of California. Just watched a Subaru trying to stop at California lose traction and slide (good driver, managed to recover).

  • PSPS January 18, 2012 (10:43 am)

    Note to editor: “not TOO often”

  • jiggers January 18, 2012 (10:43 am)

    Is the Central Library in downtown open?

    • WSB January 18, 2012 (10:46 am)

      Jiggers – all Library facilities, as noted earlier, are supposed to be open 1-5 pm today.
      Lorelee – more on the lunch front. Elliott Bay has also tweeted that they are open. And for pizza fans, Pagliacci is opening for pickups at 2 pm at “delivery kitchens” like WS (and then deliveries later). – TR

  • peter January 18, 2012 (10:43 am)

    35th Ave @ Morgan appears plowed and salted, but not recently. Walgreens nearby is open.

  • wsmom2three January 18, 2012 (10:46 am)

    Just drove from Schmitz Park to downtown (Elliott). Admiral to the bridge is not plowed, but not too bad – just go slow. The left two lanes of the WS bridge are plowed, but far right (to get on viaduct) is not. It is not terrible either. Viaduct not plowed, but slushy and drivable for the slow and cautious. Overall about a 25 minute commute for a cautious driver with all wheel drive – hardly anyone on the roads (driving or spun out/abandoned), so that is a good sign.

  • Bob S January 18, 2012 (10:49 am)

    On my voyage from Renton to North Admiral, I saw only 2 snowplows. Both were on Roxbury going East, as I was traveling West.

    BTW, I did my driving in a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo. Take that, AWD sissies.

  • rw January 18, 2012 (10:50 am)

    Note to Jiggers: The following announcement appeared about an hour ago on Facebook:

    “Due to weather conditions, the Central Library and all branches will be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Please call before attending an event.”

  • mike January 18, 2012 (10:57 am)

    10:00am Olson Place Hill Update : The road is semi plowed (Probably plowed 3hrs ago) and somewhat slippery. Need Triple braking distance down hill but still doable with control. I saw a semi-AWD vehicle having trouble getting up the steepest part of Olson. It looked like they carried to little speed up the hill and had a weak AWD system. The vehicle was something similar to a Toyota highlander.

  • seattlecris January 18, 2012 (11:00 am)

    Think there will be mail delivery today?

  • Dakota January 18, 2012 (11:01 am)

    Just got our mail delivered. Looks like USPS is not taking a snow day.

  • peter January 18, 2012 (11:08 am)

    You know, just because you have AWD or 4×4 doesn’t mean you won’t spin out or end up in the ditch. And you still can’t go 35/60 mph down roads. I’ll take a 2WD with a good set of tires any day. Take it SLOW!!

  • mike January 18, 2012 (11:18 am)

    Peter Agreed, Except when going up a hill! Carry speed up hills or else you’ll bog down. Obviously you also have to balance that with being in control for turns.

  • Gina January 18, 2012 (11:20 am)

    Jiggers-Central downtown library will be open from 1-5. All the usual services might not be available, and the branch libraries depend on the neighborhood. If there is a power outage. or no bus service to the branch there might be some issues.

  • undrgrndwmn January 18, 2012 (11:23 am)

    Just topped 4″ at my house in Gatewood.

  • DIzzle January 18, 2012 (11:29 am)

    11:30 HP Way Update:
    Wet & drivable up/down. Even saw a plow truck going up!

  • HPK January 18, 2012 (11:31 am)

    Just measured at our place top of Othello off HPK and we have 6 inches!

  • Colorado girl January 18, 2012 (11:36 am)

    116th to 148th/518 around 9 a.m took it slow and all went smoothly. Very little traffic and airport exit was fine… Front wheel drive and learned to drive in snowy Colorado weather….regardless, slow down and

  • redblack January 18, 2012 (11:39 am)

    4 inches on the backyard table, near fairmount elementary. light snow still coming down.

  • peter January 18, 2012 (11:52 am)

    Right Mike. Oh, and if you’re sliding down a hill, put the car into neutral and brake gently. It will stop the slide.

  • FabulousEm January 18, 2012 (11:55 am)

    We have just about 4 inches in Westwood. Still snowing. There has been a snow plow driving up and down Trenton near the Mall for the last hour, but he’s driving really fast and not getting anything up. I’ll bet he’s been past our house more than 8 times. It’s wierd.

  • Thad January 18, 2012 (11:58 am)

    I walked up the Olson Pl SW hill coming from the 1st Ave South Bridge into White Center about a half hour ago. Most cars are making it just fine, but there were a couple smaller cars that did not make it up the hill. On the way down I saw a few cars that took the turn going down hill too fast. They slid around. One swerved into the opposite lanes. I thought one was going to rearend the car in front of him. SLOW DOWN!

  • Diane January 18, 2012 (12:21 pm)

    UPS just made delivery in south Admiral

  • Stinky January 18, 2012 (12:23 pm)

    OneBusAway doesn’t do great during snow emergencies. The data it has access to is the fixed schedule data– uninformed by snow routes and the fact that there is a snow emergency– and real-time data. And if the real-time data for a trip isn’t available, it shows the schedule data. If a trip is cancelled, there is no real time data, so the schedule data is shown– a “ghost bus.” If a bus follows a snow route, OneBusAway still thinks it’s on the standard route, and will show “ghost” buses arriving and leaving. It’s not ideal, but understanding the limitations should help.

  • Diane January 18, 2012 (12:25 pm)

    anyone having service problems with Century Link? there’s a repair truck at 37th & Hinds, climbing ladder up power pole

  • Terry January 18, 2012 (12:26 pm)

    Alki is cold and windy with very fine snow blowing sideways from the north since 10am.

  • mrsB January 18, 2012 (12:30 pm)

    Just went to Bellevue (Group Health) and back from Alki, no problems at all. Very light traffic.

  • Underwhelmed January 18, 2012 (12:34 pm)

    Thanfully the so-called experts were wrong again, and we had a nice normal snow “event” in Seattle. I know that the “experts” use hysteria to drive ratings, but they appear foolish when they are so far off the mark.

    Ok, back to some serious sledding!

  • liz m January 18, 2012 (12:37 pm)

    It looks like Patrick did an amazing job with his forecast – very nicely done. I hope we get an update from him soon!

  • Rachel January 18, 2012 (12:44 pm)

    So… I’m coming home from First Hill. My normal exit is Admiral. But wondering if I should go Harbor/Alki. Can anyone provide an update on those streets?

  • Margie January 18, 2012 (12:45 pm)

    They just closed my husband’s office in pioneer square down. Let’s see how long it takes him to get home.

  • Patrick (not THE Patrick) January 18, 2012 (12:54 pm)

    I am glad I decided to go with my gut and not my brain today and stay home with Blizzardapalooza going on.

    It looked decent at 5 AM, but it has been persistent.

  • Elizabeth January 18, 2012 (1:03 pm)

    Just went from Admiral to Alki and back. Admiral is pretty nasty west of California and we slid around a few times (4wd SUV with 6 month old all terrain tires.) We took Alki Ave to Avalon on the way back and, driving slow, we did just fine. No snowplows in sight and it really doesn’t look like they’ve been here at all.

    The few who are brave enough to venture out seem to be getting around ok, but there are a lot of pedestrians to watch out for.

  • Margie January 18, 2012 (1:09 pm)

    took im 15 minutes from 4th and Dearborn. Took I-5 south and the bridge, up Oregon which was snowy, took 42nd and it wasn’t bad at all.

  • East Coast Cynic January 18, 2012 (1:31 pm)

    Margie, AWD? 4WD? Chains?

  • raincity January 18, 2012 (1:34 pm)

    underwhelmed – how were the experts wrong again? Can you clarify what you expected that did not happen?
    When a storm is a ways out there are a range of probable outcomes. When the storm gets closer, the range of what is possible narrows. http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2012/01/scaling-back.html
    I think the weather community has done a great job.

  • miws January 18, 2012 (2:18 pm)

    I wonder how many of those that complain about the weathercasters predictions, and the choices that the School District and Metro must make to cover a broad area, with a lot of possible variables in said area, could do these jobs any better?


    Or would even want to do them?



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