UPDATE: West Seattle snow to start the new year

5:10 AM: In the past few hours, we’ve seen half an inch or so of snow here in Upper Fauntleroy, east of Lincoln Park. At least, that’s how much has stuck to cars, fence tops, and planting strips. More is falling, but it’s also melting in the street – audibly, by the storm drains – and driving down toward The Junction was no problem. It’s still snowing lightly, and the National Weather Service‘s 3 am “forecast discussion” says: “The Seattle metro will continue to see a threat of snow through the morning as the back edge of a band (currently over the San Juans and Skagit) pushes south. A trace to 1/2″ of snow is possible…with up to 1″ at the high end.” South of here, the NWS says, they’ve seen more.

5:17 AM: Buses are on snow routes around King County, including here, according to Metro’s website. West Seattle is in what Metro calls the South Seattle zone, so you can use that to sort the updates on this page.

6 AM: Sounds (and looks) from comments so far that eastern/southern West Seattle is snowiest.

(Added: Photo from Mike R. in Arbor Heights)

8:41 AM: From Metro:

8:51 AM: And now the C Line is back to its regular route too.

9:46 AM: Looks like little if any snow on Alki, at least as seen by our crew in photographing Polar Bear Swimmers on the way to the 10 am event (the lampshade caught our attention):


No more snow in the forecast so far, but it’s expected to be cold for the next few days, highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

18 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle snow to start the new year"

  • cozy January 1, 2017 (5:16 am)

    We live in the N. Shorewood area and we have at least 2 inches and it’s still coming down good. :>)

  • Jon Wright January 1, 2017 (5:48 am)

    Had to take a family member to the airport. Left Westwood area around 0445. Delridge, Roxbury, Olsen, and 518 were all very dicey but the drive home (to Alaska Junction) via 5 and West Seattle Bridge was all bare wet pavement. Definitely felt to me like the SW had more accumulation.

  • Smith January 1, 2017 (5:50 am)

    Highland Park is piling up!

  • Smith January 1, 2017 (5:57 am)

  • Mike January 1, 2017 (6:01 am)

    There is a good 4-inches and snowing in Shorewood. Wundermap shows that band just repeatedly hitting us.

  • Mike January 1, 2017 (6:05 am)

    Looks like a convergent zone snow band

  • Bunnyfer January 1, 2017 (6:20 am)

    35th and Roxbury- looks like 1-2″ on the ground. 35th is slushy but passable. Probably wouldn’t bet on the side streets  

  • Mike January 1, 2017 (6:30 am)

    Another band is moving southeasterly across the sound about to hit Alki and then heart of W. Seattle

  • anonyme January 1, 2017 (6:53 am)

    I think it’s funny that the NWS calls the possibility of more snow a “threat”.  I call it a beautiful gift!  Bring it on.

  • AA January 1, 2017 (6:55 am)

    Arbor Heights here

  • Lola January 1, 2017 (7:51 am)

    Just in time for the Polar Plunge down at Alki. 

  • Glenda January 1, 2017 (8:00 am)

    I’m coming from Burien, there’s 2-2.5 inches of snow here but is the polar bear plunge still happening? Just don’t want to get there and it’s cancelled. 

    • WSB January 1, 2017 (8:44 am)

      Glenda – still on so far as we know, and given the nature of the event, I wouldn’t expect it to be canceled short of some massive amount of snow, and we do NOT have that here. – TR

      • WSB January 1, 2017 (9:44 am)

        … and Alki seems to have little if any, according to a photo just sent by our crew.

  • waikikigirl January 1, 2017 (9:47 am)

    If anyone is needing to see sunshine and more warmth than we have here go to: seehawaiilive.com

  • Alan January 1, 2017 (10:35 am)

    We currently have blue skies in Riverview. Looking west … not so much.

  • Alison Guinn January 1, 2017 (10:45 am)

    Probably closer to 4-5″ near Seahurst Park. The chickens are not pleased with their first snow.

  • newnative January 1, 2017 (6:38 pm)

    West Seattle snow was featured on KIRO news. 😃

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