WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday midday/afternoon coverage

(QUICK LINKS: School closures hereMetro bus info here … SDOT ‘where plowed’ etc. map here … More traffic cams/links are here … Seattle Public Utilities solid-waste collection will be delayed a day all week … Library branches closed … Earlier coverage here)


10:53 AM: Picking up from our first round of Monday snow-related updates, we’re launching midday coverage, right in the midst of another snow shower. Above, Tami sent the photo from 48th SW uphill (northeast) of Lowman Beach, where a tree is blocking the road.

Elsewhere, wires are down on some roads, and not always easy to see in the snow, so please be careful if you have to go out:

(Added: Kelly Kirkland’s photo of wire woes in Highland Park)

Ferries are back on schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, per WSF. 1,400+ are still without power in eastern West Seattle.

11:59 AM: Looking more like a snow-rain mix here right now, which means even more peril from branches weighed down with heavy, wet snow:

Changes for tonight: Postseason high-school basketball has been postponed. West Seattle High School games are rescheduled to Tuesday (5 pm boys, 7 pm girls).

Addition for today: West Seattle Golf Course is open for sledding until 5 pm. We have sledding photos from other areas in our West Seattle Snow Day photo gallery – and here’s one from Darryl Wolff, taken at popular Westcrest Park in Highland Park:


12:46 PM: Yes, there’s plowing, sanding, salting happening – this SDOT truck went around the corner by WSB HQ:


The midmorning forecast discussion from the National Weather Service says, “From Seattle on south, the air mass will warm enough this afternoon for little or no additional snow accumulation at lower elevations.”

1:30 PM: First, re: the comment discussion about whether the USPS is delivering today – yes, they are, and here’s texted, photographic proof:


Also out on the streets today – SPD, in this case helping with a stalled car on SW Graham (thanks to DD for the photo):


Something NOT happening today: The mobile blood drive in The Junction has been canceled.

Also – be aware that some businesses/agencies are closed. So far, we’ve only received “open” announcements – like this one from West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor):


WSAW’s Todd Ainsworth says, “We’re open, though not at full staff and not all parts suppliers are running…”

More high-school-basketball changes: Tonight’s Seattle Lutheran game also is postponed, as are the WSHS games mentioned earlier.

You’ll want to keep your vehicle well away from snow-laden branches/trees if you can (and be careful what you’re walking under), as we’re seeing the slide-off accelerate as the temperature rises. Meantime, the road’s looking good, so we’re heading out to look around.

2:40 PM: We’ve just been around much of the peninsula, through all three Junctions, through Luna Park and Highland Park, Alki and Admiral, and the big word is: Slush. The main roads are all clear, with dirty slushy snow off to the shoulders.

We’re seeing some sunbreaks, too. (You can see more of our on-the-road photos on the WSB Twitter feed.)

Business updates: Easy Street is closing not only its café at 3 (as usual) but is closing the record store too. … West Seattle Bowl and Highstrike Grill are closing for the day at 4 pmConscious Choice Chiropractic, which earlier planned to open at 3, is just staying closed for the day.

3:01 PM UPDATE: Weather note: No more alerts in effect in our area. … Traffic note: Per scanner, tree down in 6500 block of West Marginal Way SW. (We just went through that area about half an hour ago … mostly bare and wet otherwise.)

3:15 PM: Another traffic note, from AG in comments: “18th Av SW blocked by fallen tree at SW Holden.” (If you’re looking for the SDOT traffic cams, here’s our page with the local ones that are currently working.)

Metro has already texted some cancellations for West Seattle runs this afternoon – and buses are still on reroute, going into the pm commute.

3:54 PM: City Light says the east West Seattle power outage is now down to about 500 homes/businesses, after restoring power to another 1,000. A downed tree is to blame, according to their tweet.

58 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday midday/afternoon coverage"

  • Harvey February 6, 2017 (11:20 am)

    There’s a Comcast outage at least in Highland Park. I’m trying to see if they give estimates on restoring service, but no info yet.

    • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (2:50 pm)

      Updates on Comcast?

      • Harvey February 6, 2017 (6:53 pm)

        Ours came back about 3:30.

  • ImmaMom February 6, 2017 (11:23 am)

    What’s open for lunch in Admiral district?

  • Susan February 6, 2017 (11:28 am)

    Today I *really* miss the Charlestown Diner.

  • Emily February 6, 2017 (11:32 am)

    Still no power 12th and Elmgrove Highland Park. Since 5am.

  • Tanya February 6, 2017 (11:33 am)

    Currently in Highland Park….7 inches or so….

  • Norskgirl February 6, 2017 (11:42 am)

    Does anyone know if USPS is  delivering mail today (specifically in the Genesee Hill neighborhood)?  I don’t see mention of that where I have looked.  Thanks.

    • Stefen February 6, 2017 (11:55 am)

      They better be…”Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow”

      • Rle February 6, 2017 (1:00 pm)

        The mailman was on street this morning around 10:30 am in the Belvidere neighborhood. 

    • KT February 6, 2017 (3:29 pm)

      Mail in the 45th & Dakota area delivered.

    • Gorillita February 6, 2017 (5:30 pm)

      As of 3:15, no mail (42nd & Alaska).  No plow either.  Not complaining, just remarking.  Gotta admit I’d appreciate both though.

  • Theresa February 6, 2017 (11:46 am)

    Still no power at 15th and Holden.  It’s also still snowing and super beautiful.  

    • Maggie February 6, 2017 (2:09 pm)

      “Super beautiful” – oh so much, enjoying something different today, it’s so fun :)

  • Alan February 6, 2017 (11:49 am)

    The next danger is drainage. I was just out shoveling in Riverview. Snow is still coming down in big wet flakes but there are puddles in places and water under the wet snow. It would be a good idea to make sure there is a path to your street drains and that they are clear. I just cleared a channel in front of my house to help make sure water flowing towards me moves along and not down through my property.

  • Just Wondering February 6, 2017 (11:58 am)

    I miss the Charleston too. I would have a hot roast beef sandwich :)

  • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (12:26 pm)

    No power still or Comcast at 16th/Cloverdale. Out since 5 a.m. Noble Barton is open and has free wifi!! 

  • angelescrest February 6, 2017 (12:27 pm)

    USPS just delivered on Alki!

  • Chris February 6, 2017 (12:48 pm)

    Our USPS are doing a great job on this snowy day.   We thank them.

  • Lola February 6, 2017 (12:48 pm)

    Norskgirl,  I live on 50th & Alaska and I saw UPS come down the hill from Genesee about an hour ago. 

  • Lola February 6, 2017 (12:50 pm)

    Norskgirl, yes USPS will deliver today.  The mail alway’s gets delivered unless it is a holiday.

  • ImmaMom February 6, 2017 (12:59 pm)

    Circa. Copper coin, pizza and admiral theater open in admiral junction.  

  • kdelridge February 6, 2017 (1:12 pm)

    just visited Westcrest to satiate my snow-loving pup – roads are mostly wet and slushy, but LOTS of branches down within the park, some partially blocking the road in/out of the main OLA parking lot. plenty more partially blocking the walking trail into the OLA as well as the walking loop within the park. heard even more cracking as we played, some sounded like pretty large branches. so if you’re headed that way for sledding or anything else, keep yourselves, kids, and pups out from under the trees!

    that said, it was fun to see so many happy families and pups out enjoying a snow day. :) 

  • gina February 6, 2017 (1:13 pm)

    Mail came, Admiral area.

  • Bethany February 6, 2017 (1:15 pm)

    Any new updates on when electricity will be restored in highland park neighborhood? 16th & thistle is still out. 

    • WSB February 6, 2017 (1:20 pm)

      Short answer, no. The remaining 1,400 out in east West Seattle are still split into two groups, one group with a 2 pm guesstimate and the other with a “pending” guesstimate.

    • Alan February 6, 2017 (1:22 pm)

      WSB can’t tell you any more than what SCL has on their website:


      Outage start: 10:31 AM, 02/06
      Est. customers affected: 510
      Est. Restoration: 02:00 PM, 02/06/2017
      Cause: Investigating

      I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about the 2pm as an ETA, given the “cause”. Those times are never anything but a guess.

      • WSB February 6, 2017 (1:39 pm)

        Well, we try. But in this case SCL is working on a bunch of other outages to the north and south, as well. If anyone has seen SCL crews in HP or vicinity, please let us know .. we’re about to head out and look around for the first time today now that the main roads look OK and the meltoff is in progress, and if we spot any crews, we’ll ask them firsthand – TR (always easiest to get us by texting/calling 206-293-6302)

        • Alan February 6, 2017 (1:46 pm)

          I certainly wasn’t questioning your efforts. I was hoping to answer a question for you and point the person to where they could find the information.

          • Alan February 6, 2017 (1:47 pm)

            I meant to point out that you posted your answer while I was writing. If I had seen your post, I would have shut up.

        • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (2:46 pm)

          Any updates? All I see when I click the link is the outage map but I don’t see anything like that status update above. 

          • Alan February 6, 2017 (2:56 pm)

            Once you are on the outage maps, find your outage area and click on it. You will get a message box with the current information.

          • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (3:01 pm)

            Thanks!! Didn’t realize it was interactive.  My area still pending :(

      • Bethany February 6, 2017 (2:16 pm)

        Thank you so much for the link. I didn’t know this existed and is super helpful! 

        • WSB February 6, 2017 (2:39 pm)

          We’ve just driven both 16th and 9th as well as Highland Park Way hill, with me craning my neck (from the passenger seat) at side streets, and didn’t spot SCL crews. They are likely just somewhere off the beaten path. But if anyone has them in view, please let us know!

  • Bryan February 6, 2017 (1:47 pm)

    Thanks for not caring about all of us poor folks in Highland Park City Light. My food is going to spoil, bright side those raccoons will be living the high life off my trash.

    • Trickycoolj February 6, 2017 (3:47 pm)

      You can put your food in a cooler full of snow on the porch/balcony. Plenty cold out won’t spoil. If you’re that concerned your homeowners insurance should pay for food losses in a storm. But most of it should be safe up to almost 12 hours if you don’t open the fridge. 

  • AJP February 6, 2017 (2:00 pm)

    Westcrest is the most awesome snow park ever! The hill for sledding, the wide flat spaces for snow building. So great! The only thing it could use is a covered shelter. Heck, it could use that year-round.

  • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (2:45 pm)

    No sign of any SCL crews along 16th were out power is still out and has been since 5 am!! Starting to wonder if it’ll ever come on today!! :(

  • WSobserver February 6, 2017 (2:53 pm)

    Sunshine in the Lowman Beach area, snow is melting quickly.

  • GATEWOOD February 6, 2017 (3:06 pm)

    No mail delivery on upper Gatewood yet. And we’re the place to be for sledding! 36th & Othello or Frontenac. The best hills in the city! Our kids will testify.

  • AG February 6, 2017 (3:15 pm)

    18th Av SW blocked by fallen tree at SW Holden. Downed power line across Holden at same intersection–use caution. Police and city have taped-off 18th.

    • WSB February 6, 2017 (3:27 pm)

      Thank you!

  • Jodilyn February 6, 2017 (3:20 pm)

    Still without power since 5am at 11th & Cloverdale. Good thing for my gas stove top. At least we are able to eat and warm up water. 

  • Louise February 6, 2017 (3:29 pm)

    Metro has canceled Routes 55 leaving downtown at 4:20, 5:03 and 5:58 as well as canceled Route 57 leaving downtown at 4:13???  Not sure WHY???

    • Sue H February 6, 2017 (4:01 pm)

      This happens a lot when it snows. The long articulated buses don’t do well in snow so they pull a lot of a small buses off other routes to replace them. They seem too often treat the 55, 56 and 57 like they’re disposable roots that no one takes, so they take our buses way for other routes they think are more important.

      • WSB February 6, 2017 (4:03 pm)

        Just got an alert about the 37, too.

  • AG February 6, 2017 (3:42 pm)

    Power is back!!! @ 18th SW & SW Kenyon

  • ElSuz February 6, 2017 (3:44 pm)

    Update for the remaining area with no power is estimated to come back by 5:18 PM…. over 12 hours after we lost power.  Hoping that estimate is correct as we’re starting to get real cold here! (16th/Cloverdale)

  • WestSeattleCoug February 6, 2017 (4:20 pm)

    Route 57 rerouted down 4th Ave then to 1st Ave to WS bridge.

  • Jeannie February 6, 2017 (4:26 pm)

    Will they be plowing the hilly side streets, e.g. the Gatewood area?

  • dandelion February 6, 2017 (4:35 pm)

    i took the rapidride home from downtown and the driver made everyone get off at the Junction stop.  He said since they are on snow route, articulated busses cannot go past that stop and that a shuttle would come pick us up eventually and take us the rest of the route.  I just walked the mile and a half home, so not sure if that ever happened.   Just wanted to give folks a heads up about that – I’ve never experienced that before – maybe a new policy?

  • Jeannie February 6, 2017 (4:40 pm)

    P.S. I just called re plowing the hilly side streets, like in Gatewood. Understandably, they are focusing on the arterial streets now, so they may not get to the side streets.

    • WSB February 6, 2017 (6:07 pm)

      Sorry I didn’t reply earlier – took a bit of a break, but now it’s time to start shepherding info looking ahead to tomorrow. Anyway, historically the city has not plowed side streets at all, as a matter of policy, to keep all the equipment focused on arterials and collectors. Don’t let that keep you from calling, of course.

  • Jjc491 February 6, 2017 (4:49 pm)


    We’ve got power at 8600 block 10th Ave SW.  Finally.  

  • onion February 6, 2017 (5:25 pm)

    Very few people shoveled their sidewalks. The slush will turn to ice by morning, making conditions difficult for pedestrians. Be careful out there.

  • JD February 6, 2017 (5:33 pm)

    I know my husband  ( who’s been up since 4 am, and has been plowing snow routes for SDOT today) is now on overtime helping tree crews cleanup downed trees in West Seattle.    Please remember to give these workers a safe distance around them when you’re driving by.  It’s too easy with the bad roads and slick conditions for something tragic to  happen  to the SDOT, SPU and City Light crews who are all out there working to keep people safe, and restore utilities!   Thanks!

  • mehud7 February 6, 2017 (6:26 pm)

    Just found out that my neighbor works at West Seattle Auto Works.  He was sent home early and decided to shovel a huge section of our condo parking lot since he is from the midwest.  What a great neighborly thing to do!

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