West Seattle Weather Watch: Icy Thursday, pm updates

(LINKS: Friday school closures already coming in … Winter Weather Advisory till 4 am … Ongoing list of business/etc. closures/changes here … Morning coverage/comments, here)

(Photo by Meredith, looking cityward from the bridge over Fairmount Ravine)
1:24 PM: It’s a freezing rain/snow mix here right now. Afternoon updates are below. Thanks yet again to everyone for sharing photos, road reports, business closed/open updates, everything else to help your West Seattle neighbors through day two of weather woes!

(Latest bridge and Viaduct views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
1:44 PM UPDATE: Waiting to see if the National Weather Service will extend the “ice storm warning” past 2 pm, since this doesn’t appear likely to end any time soon. At noon, weather analyst Cliff Mass predicted at least several more hours, and explained why this wasn’t foreseen till it was almost upon us.

2:05 PM UPDATE: Definitely snow out there now. Traffic alert: SDOT says a crash in the northbound 99 lanes at the Battery St. Tunnel has those lanes all CLOSED. From the city emergency-ops center:

With ice and snow continuing to cause challenging travel conditions, the City of Seattle is encouraging people to get home before dark if possible. After dark, icy conditions may worsen and ice will become more difficult to see. Pedestrians should exercise caution – many sidewalks are icy, and there is danger of falling ice from trees, buildings and power lines.

Residents are discouraged from all but essential travel to help keep roads open and safe for emergency vehicles, transit and snow removal. Streets may appear bare and wet but may be covered with ice, which will be difficult to see after dark. Ice accumulation could lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches, a danger for both drivers and pedestrians.

The National Weather Service has now switched our area to a Winter Weather Advisory (read it here) – which insists that it will warm up late tonight and all this will end.

2:47 PM UPDATE: Still snowing steadily and in the “new accumulation” category. We’ve received official word that the fire-relief benefits for Teri Ensley and Furry Faces Foundation tonight ARE POSTPONED. They’ve just settled on the date – Sunday the 22nd. … Road-condition report: Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) between The Junction and Morgan Junction took this photo after plowing/sanding crew went by a little while ago:

3:33 PM UPDATE: Josh sent this photo of the thick sheet of ice cleared off his wife’s car:

Co-publisher Patrick had the same results when he went out to make sure at least one of the official WSB vehicles is in ready-to-go mode if news breaks – almost an inch of ice. If your car has been parked outside your workplace etc. all day, you’ll need time to get it ready to go.

3:44 PM: “Wires down” call in South Delridge. Reportedly involving a tree, according to scanner traffic. … SDOT says (via FB) they are “utilizing truck drivers from a sister department and equipment from a vendor to augment resources for snow response.” … Another addition to our list of closures/changes – Pagliacci says it’s too dangerous to send delivery drivers out.

4:07 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools just announced they’re closed Friday. (They have not announced official make-up-day plans, for those who have asked.) … Holy Rosary and Westside School, too. We’ll update the school-closure page momentarily. … Metro also says it will continue on snow routing tomorrow.

4:27 PM UPDATE: Vashon Island School District latest to announce it’s closed tomorrow.(added) Seattle Public Schools has added some info about their decisionmaking process re: makeup days:

Next Tuesday, Jan. 24 is a three-hour early dismissal from schools because of a scheduled furlough day. That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day. District administration will determine tomorrow if Friday, Jan. 27 – a scheduled day off for professional development – can be used as a snow make-up day.

And we’ve also heard from Explorer West Middle School, they’ll close. Here’s where we’re updating the FRIDAY school-closure list.

5:21 PM UPDATE: Highline Public Schools is now on the closure list too. Meantime, we’ve heard from some area restaurants that ARE open tomorrow. We appreciate hearing directly – e-mail, comments, Facebook, Twitter – so here’s who says they’re open: Kokoras Greek Grill, La Rustica, Skylark, Blackboard Bistro, Terrible Beauty, Cactus on Alki. Also have seen mentions by Feedback Lounge, Locol, West 5, that they’re open and serving food. (Added: Proletariat Pizza, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, Circa.) But only if you can get there safely! Traffic alert: 1st Avenue South and S. Dakota Street, there’s a serious crash (rollover) – heard it on the scanner, and it’s affecting traffic in that area. … Got a note from Fairmount Park saying they haven’t had mail delivery in 2 days. Anyone else?

6:15 PM: The 1st/Dakota crash is cleared, per SDOT. There’s helpful info, meanwhile, in this update from King County – please especially take the part about checking on older/sick neighbors to heart. Re: the outage advice, we have had almost no trouble with that here – but things could change as the weather changes later tonight:

King County would like residents to keep four main points in mind overnight tonight and into the morning hours:

1) Residents must avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning by keeping grills and generators outside.
2) Only call 9-1-1 if you need immediate help from police, fire, or medics. DO NOT call 9-1-1 to report power outages or road conditions.
3) Stay indoors and away from ice covered trees and power lines to avoid hazards from falling debris.
4) Shelters and warming centers are available throughout the county.

1. Carbon monoxide warnings

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but carbon monoxide poisoning can kill. Follow these tips to avoid accidental injury or death from carbon monoxide during a power outage or at any other time:

Only use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents.
Never use a generator or portable propane heater indoors, in garages or carports.
Never cook or heat inside on a charcoal or gas grill.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen suddenly and without warning. Physical symptoms may include splitting headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue.

If you believe you could be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Call for medical help from a neighbor’s home. The Fire Department will tell you when it is safe to re-enter your home.

If you have a power outage, use safe ways to stay warm. Find places where you can go to get warm, such as the home of friends and family with power. Many cities have opened centers where people can go during the day to stay warm. Center locations can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare

Wear several layers of light weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear hats, mittens, and blankets indoors. Close curtains and cover windows and doors with blankets. Everyone should try to stay together in one room, with the door closed, to keep in body heat.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially if they are elderly or if you think their power might be out. If you know someone who has lost electricity, invite them to your home to stay warm. Warn neighbors, friends, family and community groups about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep 9-1-1 clear for emergencies

King County is currently experiencing a high volume of 9-1-1 calls that do not consist of actual emergencies. Only call 9-1-1 if you need immediate help from police, fire, or medics. DO NOT call 9-1-1 to report power outages or road conditions.

Now to change the mood – thanks to whomever (on 51st SW, is all we saw) texted this photo:

6:46 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Library says the system will open at 1 pm tomorrow.

8:05 PM UPDATE: Just added more photos to the “snow-bird” gallery, and we’re working on a few other things to publish before the overnight weather story, including a gallery with the day’s “fun” pix. First, an update from the city, starting with words of thanks from the mayor:

“Everyone has had a hand in helping respond to this winter storm,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “I want to thank city employees who are working around the clock, residents who are making smart travel choices and helping their neighbors, and the media for the great job they’re doing keeping the community informed and sharing safety information.”

According to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reports, traffic volumes were significantly down in the city Wednesday and Thursday. For instance, the morning peak commute around the 8 a.m. hour southbound on the Aurora Bridge dropped from about 4,300 vehicle trips per hour to around 600 trips.

SDOT crews will be working through the night to remove snow and ice on major arterials and apply anti-icing solution.

141 Replies to "West Seattle Weather Watch: Icy Thursday, pm updates"

  • Christina January 19, 2012 (1:29 pm)

    Hard pellets are coming down in Shorewood. Cliff Mass is saying this may go on for a lot longer than originally forecast.

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (1:31 pm)

      Thanks, Christina. I would suspect as much too. It just has that feeling of something that is kind of “stalled” in one area and not moving off.

  • BB January 19, 2012 (1:32 pm)

    Ok, so I sucessfully got downtown to work and now I am worried about getting home…not the arterials but up the side street and down our alley. It doesn’t appear to be warming up at all. I just checked the Cliff Mass blog…and he commented that it is not his profession’s finest hour..missing the ice storm. Are we going to see any melting or are we going to stay frozen until tomorrow? What are the conditions of side streets in West Seattle?

  • Patrick (not THE Patrick) January 19, 2012 (1:35 pm)

    Anyone have any idea if the shuttles are still operating on the West Seattle side? My plan to escape Pioneer Square is the Water Taxi.

  • Diane January 19, 2012 (1:36 pm)

    cable back on in south Admiral
    snow plow scraping 37th (at Hinds)

  • linda January 19, 2012 (1:39 pm)

    Does anyone know if the fund raiser for Teri is still on this evening at Feedback and BPP?

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (2:19 pm)

      Got one road report from Chad at Windermere in The Junction: “It is snowing in the junction merchants area. Where I shoveled the sidewalk this morning is now covered again. SDOT snow plows just cleared California in the last few minutes on the East side of the street.”
      Re: the questions about Teri Ensley fundraiser in Morgan Junction tonight – so far, there is no word of cancellation. I am sending the question out through various channels. – TR

  • Jones January 19, 2012 (1:42 pm)

    Are any of the grocery stores still open? I’m low on milk…..

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (2:14 pm)

      Jones – grocery stores are ALL open. I’ve asked on Twitter about stocking status at the stores that are present on Twitter (PCC, Metro Market, WS Thriftway) and so far, one Twitter friend says she’s been to Thriftway and they are in very good shape. Awaiting word on the others. – TR

  • Ms mookies January 19, 2012 (1:43 pm)

    Is the bridge passable? Has anyone been on hyghway 509 to highland park hill? Hope everyone is warm.

  • MikeRussellFoto January 19, 2012 (1:46 pm)

    Definitely turning back into (light) snow in Admiral.

  • Mtn Girl January 19, 2012 (1:48 pm)

    Am also interested in conditions on Myers Way/Olson Place from 1st Ave S Bridge. Anyone been through there lately? Just a little nervous here about getting home now that I made it in to work okay. Thanks WSB and commenters for all this info, this is the BEST place to keep up with conditions in our area, hands down!

  • sam-c January 19, 2012 (1:53 pm)

    it’s snowing again…better than the sleet, maybe?

    I think the SDOT weather response map has been helpful, though it doesn’t give eyewitness reports. just gives report on what has been plowed/ de-iced in the last 12, 3 and 1 hours

  • StaceyD January 19, 2012 (1:53 pm)

    Beautiful snow above Schmitz Park!! Roads in the neighborhood are very icy and slick.

  • kumalavula January 19, 2012 (1:56 pm)

    up until now it’s been off and on freezing rain pellets but about 10 min ago it turned into a constant downpour of what looks again like………s-n-o-w up here on pigeon point! wind is blowing it sideways and it just doesn’t look or feel like this will clear anytime soon!

  • Diane January 19, 2012 (1:56 pm)

    yep, in south Admiral; that nasty icy “freezing rain” has stopped; now snowing again

  • Theresa January 19, 2012 (1:57 pm)

    Just drove from Alki, over the WSB, highway 99 to Seneca st. Then took 1st ave to Roy St on lower Queen Anne. It’s very slushy, but we managed with very little sliding around. I have front wheel drive and didn’t put the chains on. Seems like the city is doing pretty well with the roads. We avoided steep hills and were fine.

  • linda January 19, 2012 (1:59 pm)

    Just flipped to snow here in the Morgan Junction area.

  • KD January 19, 2012 (2:00 pm)

    As a long time Metro driver, any of the main streets, arterials, etc. That the buses go are gone over & over (and now this year salt brining has really helped!) and going home will be wet/slushy compared to morning icey. Just stick to the way you came to work and it should be okay, just into nightfall it will get icey again until the temp rises. Too many thousands of sidestreets to de-ice. Arterials.

  • Casey January 19, 2012 (2:01 pm)

    Snowing 37th/Dakota neighborhood heavy snow

  • Ms mookies January 19, 2012 (2:01 pm)

    Anyone know about Highland park hill? Sorry if I double posted.

  • L@ArborHeights January 19, 2012 (2:02 pm)

    Hi All! Does anyone know current(2PM 1/19)driving conditions on Olson place between WhiteCenter & 509.
    Also for 35th to 100th (Arbor Heights) ?
    If you drove it or know someone who did and are kind enough to respond to this, would you state the approx time they went through there? Thank you!
    and THANK YOU WSB for being there for us!!!

  • garden_nymph January 19, 2012 (2:04 pm)

    Snowing again at Chief Sealth International H.S.

  • lulu January 19, 2012 (2:04 pm)

    Can someone tell me how navigating thru downtown is? I’m coming home from work in Everett, but need to drop a coworker off in downtown… then get back to West Seattle. Whats my best route? I want to avoid all hills!

  • HelperMonkey January 19, 2012 (2:05 pm)

    This is definitely snow falling from the sky in Arbor Heights now. enough already. I need to go back to work tomorrow.

  • Susan D January 19, 2012 (2:06 pm)

    Snowing in Arbor Heights as well

  • Admiral Lady January 19, 2012 (2:07 pm)

    Snow coming down pretty hard in North Admiral!!

  • Pat January 19, 2012 (2:07 pm)

    Trying to figure out whether to go get partner’s daughter up in Blue Ridge now (the driving company that had been arranged has bailed), or to wait until tomorrow morning around 5:30-6am. She has to catch a flight out from SeaTac about 8am tomorrow. Just tried to call a taxi for her and there aren’t any available, apparently.

    Any road reports from the north end, Blue Ridge/Shoreline?

  • Kevin January 19, 2012 (2:07 pm)

    1/19 – 14:00 – steady light snow at the moment in Arbor Heights, 100th and 42nd.

  • FabulousEm January 19, 2012 (2:08 pm)

    Snowing in Westwood. :( You can count me as one of the few who doesn’t like snow days.

  • Tony January 19, 2012 (2:09 pm)

    Drove from SoDo, north on viaduct to Elliott, up onto Magnolia, back to SoDo, then South I-5 to WSB, then High Point. Roads were good. Slushy. Very drivable.

  • yumpears January 19, 2012 (2:11 pm)

    Snowing here near 47th/Alaska & Edmunds

  • RG January 19, 2012 (2:11 pm)

    Well we are returning to snow here in Arbor Heights. Cabin fever is starting to set in

  • Chad January 19, 2012 (2:17 pm)

    It is snowing in the business part of the junction. SDOT snow plows just cleared California on both sides.

  • myles January 19, 2012 (2:17 pm)

    Snowing 36th / Raymond

  • motorzen January 19, 2012 (2:19 pm)

    Gov. Gregoire proclaims winter storm emergency

    Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued a proclamation that ensures the delivery of valuable dairy products across Washington state.

    Seattle requires their lattes!

  • rw January 19, 2012 (2:22 pm)

    I got back from Metropolitan and PCC about an hour ago. They are very well stocked. I didn’t go by the dairy sections, but one staffer at PCC said that all their suppliers have been able to make their regular deliveries. (I also recall that the woman in front of me at PCC bought milk, so availability should not be a problem.)

    I live nearby so I was able to walk to/from the stores. California and Admiral were almost deserted, and the stores themselves had almost no customers.

    It was a really nice walk, by the way.

  • Gina January 19, 2012 (2:23 pm)

    The Hostess driver was stocking the shelves at Admiral Safeway about an hour ago. Twinkie and Ho-Ho needs of the Admiral district should be satisfied.

  • Aman January 19, 2012 (2:26 pm)

    Took the 55 Bus from Hamilton Viewpoint (North Admiral) down to the Junction at 9:30 a.m. today. Sleeting slightly, sub-freezing temps, but All on-time & EZ. Little if any traffic.

    Took the same bus back from the Junction to North Admiral at 2:15 p.m. Bus approx. 10 minutes late. MORE traffic. Continued Sleet & sub-freezing temps.

    Asked bus driver about early – p.m. vs. mid – a.m. conditions today and he said, “Same, but More p.m. car-traffic makes bus-driving more challenging.” Also added, “Warming trends postponed now to mid-Friday, will make later p.m. conditions today/tonight MORE difficult.”

    Main routes which HAVE been treated remain slushy but passable with 4 wheel-drive/ All wheel drive / select front-wheel drive. REAR-Wheel drive a challenge. Untreated Side-streets remain FROZEN, packed with snow below ICE.

    Today a good afternoon / evening to be home and off the roads if you can. Be safe!

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (2:28 pm)

      I have updated the ongoing story above – National Weather Service promises warming late tonight. We’ll believe it when we see it. MEANTIME – Beveridge Place Pub has posted on Facebook that the Teri Ensley/Furry Faces auction for tonight IS POSTPONED, though they’re still going to have a raffle if you can make it there – TR

  • spamela January 19, 2012 (2:29 pm)

    It has switched back to snow here at High Point/ Gatewood hill @500 feet (1 block south of Morgan). It is coming down pretty good now. Mid sized flakes.

  • Debbie January 19, 2012 (2:31 pm)

    Another not WS related news item necessarily, but the blood center is certainly feeling the pain from this storm — anyone who can donate and safely get down there, please do!

  • Christina January 19, 2012 (2:31 pm)

    It’s snowing again down here in Shorewood. It’s much preferred to the freezing rain we got earlier.

  • Alkira January 19, 2012 (2:31 pm)

    Snow falling at a 45 degree angle here on Alki. Steady westbound winds over the past couple of days. Even the little finger sized icicles on our gutters are at a 45 degree angle.

    Folks seem to be able to drive Alki Ave w/o issue (at least by the sand beach).

  • K January 19, 2012 (2:32 pm)

    Just so everyone is clear… Babies and children need milk. That is why there is so much talk about milk. It’s not about the lattes it is about the children. They drink a lot of milk. Just a reminder…

  • smokeycretin9 January 19, 2012 (2:32 pm)

    I feel a need to make a run to the liquor store soon for some Jamesons.

  • David January 19, 2012 (2:33 pm)

    1st ave south via Michigan street. Light snow fall’. Heavy traffic at 1st ave bridge entrance.

  • Diesel January 19, 2012 (2:36 pm)

    Yup snowing pretty good up here on Holden and 35th which usually means its warming up a bit

  • Moo January 19, 2012 (2:37 pm)

    Nobody “needs” milk except baby cows.

  • spamela January 19, 2012 (2:40 pm)

    @lulu To navigate to West Seattle through downtown from I-5: Get off Union if you can. cherry/james/madison is too hilly. Make a left on 4th. take it all the way down to Horton and turn right. Then left on E marginal. Then lower bridges to WS. Then take Avalon (follow the bus routes). That should be the flattest route. Unless anyone has a better suggestion… Or get to 1st & Columbia and take the viaduct.

  • montanapup January 19, 2012 (2:41 pm)

    snowing steady here on beach drive. seems like no end in sight!

  • David January 19, 2012 (2:42 pm)

    Well, the 1st Ave. S. bridge was up…kinda hard to see out here…white center/meyers way exit off 1st Ave south bridge slow moving but sanded and safe. Olson place SW hill is also very drivable. Snow piles in right lane, stay left.

  • jeff veilleux January 19, 2012 (2:42 pm)

    snowing in Fauntlee Hills and very icy

  • Highball required January 19, 2012 (2:43 pm)

    @smokey: I’m with ya! Can’t wait for the grocery stores to start carrying liquor. It would have made the last 2 days so much more pleasant. Cheers!

  • JayDee January 19, 2012 (2:47 pm)

    SmokeyC: that store closed at noon yesterday. Don’t know if they are open today…

  • L@ArborHeights January 19, 2012 (2:48 pm)

    HI All! Just heard from an Arbor Heights neighbor who drove over the WSB, up 35th to 100th at 2:30pm.
    WSBridge & 35th pretty clear, 100th side streets just slushy. Hope this helps!

  • JayDee January 19, 2012 (2:48 pm)

    Also, the next time I hear about creme brûlée it better be in a restaurant… :-(

  • YeloRose January 19, 2012 (2:52 pm)

    Does anyone know how the roads are to the airport? I’m still hoping to get a flight to Medford tonight at 10:30.

  • TM January 19, 2012 (2:53 pm)

    Ride offer- I am about to head home to WS (Lincoln Heights, 42nd off of Thistle) from Interbay. I have room for 3 riders. My car is AWD, did very well on way in but no promises. I will be driving along Elliot to 99, then along Fauntleroy to California home. I’d have to be able to pick you up along the route, and will drop you off on Fauntleroy or California.

    Text me on my cell, 206-819-3776. Leaving in 10 minutes, will be downtown in 20.

  • JayDee January 19, 2012 (2:54 pm)

    Lastly, two different people who ride Link Light Rail said they were stuck on trains due to icing. One spent 4 hours trying to reach the airport (He works nearby)…and I looked at the sound transit link web site and little info was available….so I thought I would mention this…

  • Kimberley January 19, 2012 (2:55 pm)

    Does anyone know for sure whether the Water Taxi is running for the afternoon runs? I haven’t seen anything about it not running.

  • linda January 19, 2012 (2:56 pm)

    thank you for the update on Teri’s fund raiser. We are walking distance but wouldn’t have ventured out except for this.

  • BB January 19, 2012 (2:59 pm)

    We had an employee call in hours ago saying that southbound light rail service is canceled today.

  • W_frugal January 19, 2012 (3:01 pm)

    Stay safe, roads were free earlier. But its snowing hard now!

  • sunshine January 19, 2012 (3:05 pm)

    Jones – or anyone else in seaview flat area. I have a half gallon of milk. Will trade for red wine or fresh fruit/vegetables.

  • Diane January 19, 2012 (3:07 pm)

    they’ve been reporting on king5 news, Link light rail, frozen

  • miws January 19, 2012 (3:09 pm)

    TR, the Teri’s Fire Fund FB page states that the events have been rescheduled to Monday, the 23rd, 7-9 pm



    • WSB January 19, 2012 (3:19 pm)

      Hi. Please trust me, Sara Riehl first e-mailed that and then e-mailed no, the real date is the 22nd. I don’t think the Fire Fund page is being kept up by the same people.

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (4:05 pm)

      Seattle Public Schools closed tomorrow – Lisa reported this via Facebook; we checked and it’s only on SchoolReport.org so far but they’re ultrareliable. – TR

  • Desertdweller January 19, 2012 (3:18 pm)

    It’s been snowing steadily in Westwood for over an hour now. Sigh.

  • Bill at Duwamish Head January 19, 2012 (3:19 pm)

    Darn you Gina,
    I thought I was hunkered down for the night, now I need to go on a HoHo and milk run.

  • Suzanne January 19, 2012 (3:28 pm)

    Long line of happy people at Alki Urban Market. The young women manning the Alki Starbucks are doing a swell job. And a Metro 56 bus actually made it all the way down there:)

    I feel very fortunate that I did not have to go anywhere today. Take care everyone.

  • snowy January 19, 2012 (3:36 pm)

    Big flakes coming down now in Highland Park. I broke off some of the icy veneer off the snow bank in my yard – the ice was about one and a half inches thick!! Tree branches are sagging. Will it all be gone by 9am tomorrow or will I have to work from home again? I love being home but I can hardly get anything done.

  • heylady January 19, 2012 (3:39 pm)

    Moo – no we don’t NEED milk but we do need STEAK! Kidding. Cabin fever.

  • Sarah January 19, 2012 (3:42 pm)

    16th along the college just got plowed but it’s BAD-all around the White Center area is super icy and slick even the main roads-Roxbury was a mess and the plowing has built up along the side streets which makes turning onto them extremely hard-much worse than yesterday!

  • WSRes January 19, 2012 (3:45 pm)

    I just drove to southcenter via the highland park hill and 509 and back through Roxbury. Things were fine for cautious and experienced drivers in AWD vehicles, but there is a lot of carnage out there, so do be careful, use your low gears down hills, etc.

  • c January 19, 2012 (3:48 pm)

    Great sledding at Hamilton view point.

  • jiggers January 19, 2012 (3:55 pm)

    This isn’t s bad as the 96′ ice storm.

  • sunshine January 19, 2012 (3:56 pm)

    @ K and Moo -thx for the perspective! I will give the 1/2 gal of milk to thirsty babies (cow or human) free of charge.

  • Patrick (not THE Patrick) January 19, 2012 (3:57 pm)

    Water taxi is a go… I see shuttles on the WS side.

  • YeloRose January 19, 2012 (3:57 pm)

    What is the best way to get to the airport from the junction? WSB to I5?

  • Lisa Y January 19, 2012 (4:01 pm)

    Seattle schools are closed on Friday.

  • Lisa Y January 19, 2012 (4:08 pm)

    I received an email from the school district about Friday’s closure and it was also reported on King 5.

  • liz m January 19, 2012 (4:08 pm)

    No change to the district website and no robocall yet but it looks another snow day Friday for SPS: http://schoolreport.org/schoolDetail.php?schoolId=63

  • K January 19, 2012 (4:10 pm)

    Heylady…agreed. Babies need milk. Grown ups need steak!

  • Johnston January 19, 2012 (4:12 pm)

    Just hiked over to Roxbury Safeway. They were busy, but seemed well stocked. Didn’t check the milk…they had wine! Yay! now I’m all good with the leftover pot roast in my ‘frig! Very slippery on side streets and lots of SUV’s going way too fast and following way too close! Let’s be careful out there! [/Sgt. Esterhouse]

  • leslie January 19, 2012 (4:23 pm)

    First South to horton detour to East marginal headed south – detour side road headed West not plowed and big ruts etc – and lotsa big trucks – careful there – could be a tragedy waiting to happen – Lower level bridge hill headed west may be a challenge – we crossed 30 min. ago – saw folks start to fishtail.

    Roxbury not great but passable – rear wheel drivers and non snow drivers please stay home and/or don’t drive so slowly as to impede the folks behind you – and folks pls turn on your lights !

    Stay safe

  • AWD January 19, 2012 (4:25 pm)

    1st Ave S to 509 slushy with 2 lanes clear, but deep “sludge” in intersections. 128th in Burien, off 509, 1 1/2 lanes and needs plowing, low riders were having issues. 4th Ave SW is OK but street parking doesn’t exist, as that is where the plow has dumped it. Roxbury perfectly fine except the intersection sludge. Yes, I was in all wheel drive.

  • Chris January 19, 2012 (4:26 pm)

    Just came from SODO. 1st ave to low Bridge and then Delridge was not too bad. Just avoid the large piles of snow in the middle of the road on 1st.

  • miws January 19, 2012 (4:35 pm)

    Thanks, TR! I think after 4+ years I can trust ya! ;-)



  • datamuse January 19, 2012 (4:40 pm)

    Husband and I drove Highland Park-Delridge-High Point-Junction-Fauntleroy-Barton-Westwood and back home. Arterials slushy but totally manageable (the husband described it as “don’t make any sudden moves”). Side streets messy–and dude who was TAILGATING us down 9th, are you serious??

  • smokeycretin9 January 19, 2012 (4:45 pm)

    Patrick, please give us your forecast!

  • Chivahn January 19, 2012 (4:49 pm)

    I work in the West Seattle ActivSpace and live in Fremont….my kingdom to be able to get to work tomorrow. I’ve been trapped in my house because of the roads & haven’t seen another person since Saturday :(

  • Snow Wimp January 19, 2012 (4:58 pm)

    ’92 SAAB. Turbo blower. Four new top of the line SNOW TIRES. Git outta the way Subarus.

  • HSG January 19, 2012 (4:59 pm)

    Anyone taking the 128 from the Junction to north Puget Ridge should ask their driver if they are planning to go north on 16th. We were surprised yesterday when our afternoon bus turned south on 16th without making the loop by SSCC. This afternoon I asked our driver about it and she said the driver ahead of her told her not to do it. She was nice enough to “risk” it for us (it is the official snow route, plowed regularly, and relatively flat) and it was fine. She said she’d heard the 125 wasn’t going north of Dumar anymore, but we saw two 125s while we were making the loop.

  • MAH January 19, 2012 (5:00 pm)

    Propose canceling Mid-Winter Break to make-up for the days missed.

  • Underwhelmed January 19, 2012 (5:04 pm)

    Lights just flickered in my crib in Westwood. I can’t wait for it to warm up and this (expletive deleted) snow “event” to end.

    Props to all the Metro drivers who are doing what they do today. You are appreciated.

  • Brian M. January 19, 2012 (5:08 pm)

    @Chivahn, Keeping my fingers crossed for you. I’ve been working from home and crave some human interaction, too.

  • Chivahn January 19, 2012 (5:14 pm)

    @Brian thanks! I do hair and am self employed so if I don’t work, I’m not makin’ money. Would super like to be able to pay my rent at the end of the month. A lot of my friends are suffering, too.

  • Jill Loblaw January 19, 2012 (5:23 pm)

    Received Robo-Call that school has been canceled for tomorrow.

  • Lulu January 19, 2012 (5:44 pm)

    I just drove from Everett to West Seattle via I-5, WS Bridge & 35th… Honestly, I-5 is treacherous until you hit the Convention Center overpass… From there, I-5 is clear and awesome. The bridge was BY FAR the best road I drove on all day. I was very impressed with how well it looked. GOOD JOB SNOW PLOWS!

  • SJ2 January 19, 2012 (5:47 pm)

    How realistic is it that the roads will be pretty safe tomorrow morning? Roads like 35th, HWY 99?

  • DC January 19, 2012 (5:47 pm)

    No mail delivered to our street in Arbor Heights for 2 days either.

  • kumalavula January 19, 2012 (5:51 pm)

    ditto for no mail above youngstown cultural arts center for the last two days

  • rr January 19, 2012 (5:54 pm)

    We got mail in AH yesterday, but not today!

  • datamuse January 19, 2012 (5:56 pm)

    Our mail came at 5, three hours later than usual. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Lura Ercolano January 19, 2012 (6:01 pm)

    I’m not sure why Seattle Schools would have to determine whether January 27 “can” be used as a make-up day. The district announced the make up day schedule way last year when they put out their list of important dates for the year.
    January 27 has already been officially designated the district’s first make up day (if needed). 2nd, 3rd, and 4th make up days (if needed) are added at the end of the school year, and March 16 is designated as a 5th make up day.
    January 27 was only designated as a possible professional development day ONLY IF it wasn’t needed to make up for inclement weather.

  • Christina January 19, 2012 (6:02 pm)

    @Snow Wimp
    We have some nice Michelin tires on our little Mazda 3. They can handle the snow like nobody’s business. Love them to death!

  • KM January 19, 2012 (6:04 pm)

    We got mail yesterday but not today. We live in Sunrise Heights. It’s ok though, usually just junk mail and bills. I’m glad the mail carriers decided to stay home and be safe. It is treacherous out there!

  • 1000amys January 19, 2012 (6:04 pm)

    No mail delivery for 2 days in Riverview (and we were really hoping for that Netflix disc). Weirdly, the mail truck has driven past multiple times….

  • Lura Ercolano January 19, 2012 (6:07 pm)

    Also about the Seattle School District’s make up days, their calendar says:
    “The Seattle School Board has approved the 2011-12 school calendar. The calendar was developed and negotiated in cooperation with all of the bargaining groups representing Seattle Public Schools employees. The calendar also provides specific dates that will be used as make-up days in the event that inclement weather necessitates school closures.”

    And then it gives the scheduled make up days. So other ideas such as using mid-winter break couldn’t be done without renegotiating labor contracts, etc. I think it makes sense to stick with the scheduled 5 dates (only 3 needed so far).

  • Yum yum January 19, 2012 (6:09 pm)

    After reading this, I need a chicken-fried steak with milk gravy

  • Bruce January 19, 2012 (6:12 pm)

    Anyone go to or come from SeaTac airport late this afternoon or early evening via I-5 and WS bridge? How were road conditions?

  • an January 19, 2012 (6:18 pm)

    @Comment by Chivahn. Yes, a lot of local merchants are suffering from the loss of business this week. WS community, make sure to get out there after this clears and support these great local, small businesses!

  • seattlevegas January 19, 2012 (6:19 pm)

    TV news reports rain, rain tomorrow!

  • raincity January 19, 2012 (6:25 pm)

    Having troubles with our land line here at 51st and Hudson. Anyone else having trouble?

  • avalon resident January 19, 2012 (6:36 pm)

    Trying to decide on if I will be able to make it to work in Burien at the hospital tomorrow. Anyone make that drive today? Heard the roads are still icy and slippery, don’t have an awd vehicle or 4wd. Any suggestions?

  • KD January 19, 2012 (6:45 pm)

    ‘Yum Yum’ – have you tried The Hudson Cafe @ 5000 E. Marginal Way? GOOD & generous size chk/fried steak, white gravy, real mashed potatos. I’ve been meaning to try Heartland Cafe in Admiral. I’m just assuming it’s on their menu. BTW; I’ve seen light rail going southbound all day including right now (@ MLK & Henderson)

  • maplesyrup January 19, 2012 (6:48 pm)

    FWIW, I drove from Renton downtown around 4 and then to WS via the bridge and the Admiral hill around 530.

    I have a 4WD vehicle but it was easy enough, even some knuckleheads in 2WD vehicles were passing me on the bridge. I was going about 40mph on I-5 and 30-35 on the bridge.

    Most roads should be passable tomorrow but if too many cars are out it could complicate things.

  • Johnston January 19, 2012 (6:52 pm)

    Second on Hudson!

  • 80 Saab Blower January 19, 2012 (6:53 pm)

    Snow Wimp: Got Gislaveds? Git out of my way!

  • smokeycretin9 January 19, 2012 (7:03 pm)

    @Snow Wimp – as the past owner of many Saab 900s and many Subarus, I can almost give you that one. but as a current Subaru owner, i gotta go with Soobs!

    cheers mate

  • AK January 19, 2012 (7:07 pm)

    Regarding USPS: In Westwood, near the library, we have received our mail the last 2 days. Infact, each morning I have gone out to clean off the porch and steps only to find that the mail carrier has already been by!

  • coffee January 19, 2012 (7:08 pm)

    Bruce, we came in from the Airport at 6ish and it was ok. Took the back route, exit on 128th to Ambaum. No problems other than people in their 4X4s going WAY to fast. BTW, the airport is really a mess. Alaska is doing the best they can, but nothing much is going out and the lines are LONGGGGG. I was on the flight that the deicing truck hit the plane, should have come home then but we were assured the next flight would leave. After 3 hours of deicing and taxing out we were sent back to the gate because the deicer had failed. Back home now.

  • coffee January 19, 2012 (7:19 pm)

    So I am on 28th Ave SW just south of 106th and 3 plows have traveled by my house headed north in the last 15 minutes!

  • boy January 19, 2012 (7:29 pm)

    I heard that the airport was doing helo pickups. don’t worry just call and a helo will fly over and drop a rope and away you go. But they have a limit on bags

  • Yum yum January 19, 2012 (7:45 pm)

    Thanks for the tip, KD!

    FWIW, I’ve gotten my mail everyday.

  • kumalavula January 19, 2012 (8:03 pm)

    if anyone’s interested, snow plow just headed uphill from delridge towards sscc pushing slush and sludge out of the way as it went :)

    it’s gonna be an icy start tomorrow but at least those folks are still out making it as safe as possible for those who have to get up and go.

  • DF January 19, 2012 (8:05 pm)

    The Ice Storm movie directed by Ang Lee debuted 1997 must see.

  • a January 19, 2012 (8:25 pm)

    I think there are actually 4 school make-up days thus far, not 3 as someone stated earlier. Tues started 2 hours late and got out 2 hours early. The kids were there for only 2 hours and half of that consisted of lunch and recess. I can’t imagine that day doesn’t need to be made up.

  • Eric January 19, 2012 (8:43 pm)

    I can’t say that it would be the fault of the USPS to not deliver mail at my house. Our mailbox is frozen solid…

  • LyndaB January 19, 2012 (8:48 pm)

    from inside my house i can hear traffic flying by on 35th. at least from morgan before the hills, people are driving at normal speeds.

  • Jerry January 19, 2012 (9:15 pm)

    while the kiddos are sledding, clear out the storm drains on your block. You will thank me tomorrow morning, we had over an inch of ice on ours

  • raincity January 19, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    Saw this from a link on Cliff Mass’ web site – a fun poke at what we’ve been through…

  • rockergirl5678 January 19, 2012 (9:35 pm)

    Drove to Bellevue for work at 10 am this morning and back at 6pm tonight – freeways were compact snow and ice most of the way. Streets in Bellevue were the worst, did not seem to have been much plowing over there. Coming home the West Seattle Bridge was the clearest road I traveled all day! Was nice to not have to worry about the final leg of a long trip and be able to make it home safely. Thanks to the road workers, police, city and state employees who are working tirelessly to keep the roadways open! Everyone be safe tomorrow getting to work if you need to go.

  • aaron h January 19, 2012 (9:54 pm)

    my light just flickered on walnut and hinds

  • Alki Guy January 19, 2012 (10:32 pm)

    Now weatherbums say only 36 tomorrow …38 Sat. No melting. What a disaster.

    • WSB January 19, 2012 (10:52 pm)

      Well, if it really does get that warm, it will melt. I was always surprised in past events how little it took to start that process. BUT it won’t be fast, nothing like what might happen if the heat got turned up to 80 or something (ah, we can dream).

  • why_cause January 19, 2012 (10:35 pm)

    I am pretty sure I heard that a school day is determined by whether or not they served lunch. Because they served lunch on Tuesday it counts as a day of school. So there are only three days that need to be made up.

  • sam-c January 20, 2012 (6:53 am)

    ready for the thaw. all the groceries we bought Saturday are about gone. I just got chided by the 3 yr old for putting milk in my coffee.
    regarding the mail. one of our neighbors works for PO. (don’t know if he delivers though- I think he does) he wasn’t able to drive to work so he walked to work yesterday. yikes, prob. 2.5 miles… up the hill behind youngstown and up genesee. they’re trying!

  • sam-c January 20, 2012 (8:54 am)

    double post oops

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