West Seattle, Washington
10:09 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a “heavy rescue” response to 30th SW/SW Genesee [map], which would be on the hill along the north side of West Seattle Golf Course. It’s reported to be a two-car crash, with one vehicle gone sideways.
10:15 PM: Everyone is reported to be out of the vehicles – no “heavy rescue” extrication required. Per scanner, westbound traffic on Genesee will be blocked off at 26th.
10:34 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent the photo we’ve added above. No major injuries – the entire SFD response has been closed out.
2:58 PM: It’s light – but it’s snow. Thanks for the texts – we’ve heard from High Point, and we’re seeing light snow here on the Fauntleroy/Gatewood line, too.
3:06 PM: We’re hearing from points north, too, including The Junction. And even before the snow arrived, SDOT had sent a media advisory saying it “has increased crews for night shift deployment, and will continue to monitor, evaluate and treat Seattle roads this evening accordingly.”
3:28 PM: It’s sticking – on cars, rooftops, roadsides.
4:29 PM: That’s changing. Photo texted from near California/Hanford:
Be careful if you’re driving somewhere post-game. Meantime, one more pre-dusk scene, from Kim at Alki:
Snow looks to be about half an inch deep where we are.
5:26 PM: Continuing to snow lightly. SDOT reports a crash at 30th/Brandon; apparently no injuries, as there’s no SFD dispatch. Up here, snow on the road, though not deep:
Still lightly snowing. pic.twitter.com/2D5M5KwcKZ
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) December 25, 2017
5:57 PM: Road report from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli:
I just drove back to the peninsula from Capitol Hill and I thought I’d give you a quick street report. I-5 appears to have been salted and is just wet. Traffic was light. No issues there (including on and off ramps which were fine. In my short ten minute drive I did see state plows on the freeway (though with plows up as they weren’t needed). The West Seattle bridge was mostly wet with a bit of frosty slush building up around the Delridge exit.
City streets are a different story. Most of the city streets have a light coating of snow and are pretty slick. I have an all wheel drive car – which is very sure-footed – but I definitely stepped on the brakes hard once or twice to test it and I was able to break the tires free and slide very easily. I also saw a car on Hanford, on the hill just east of California, sideways with hazards on. I didn’t see any SDOT salters or sanders at all. So I’d recommend that people exercise caution, slow down, and leave themselves plenty of distance between other cars and avoid the steeper hills if you can at this point.
We mentioned a 30th/Brandon crash earlier; we’ve since heard police (via scanner) mention closure signs on that hill, which goes between Delridge and High Point [map].
6:57 PM: Metro just sent an alert that its South Seattle area – which includes West Seattle – is on snow routes. (Find yours here.)
7:45 PM: Sue texted to say that Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Gatewood has canceled its 9 pm candlelight service because of the weather. (Anyone else with changes/cancellations? Let us know so we can add.) Meantime, Vika tweeted this West Seattle snowman photo:
8:11 PM: Light snow is still falling, and we’d gauge it at about an inch deep here on the Fauntleroy/Gatewood line.
9:44 PM: Hills continue to be the trouble spots on roads. A texter sent photos of cars that got into trouble on – and off – the SW Spokane hill by 48th earlier this evening:
We will be starting a new story soon for late night/early morning info, since this one has been running since mid-afternoon.
Thanks to Teri and friends at Furry Faces Foundation for sending the photo of their “first customers” for this afternoon’s Wrap It Up benefit gift-wrapping session at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) – drop in any time before 6 pm and they’ll wrap while you wait. By donation – F3 is an animal-advocacy group and whatever you can donate for wrapping will help the people and animals they work with.
Christmas Eve is here! And so is plenty of info.
WILL IT SNOW? The newest weather alert for tonight/tomorrow is here.
WEST SEATTLE RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND/OR DAY: Here’s our list of what local venues told us when we checked. As always, some might change their mind at the last minute – if you happen onto changes, please comment below or message us.
GROCERY-STORE HOURS: Who closes when? The list is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
CHRISTMAS EVE CHURCH SERVICES: Since it’s Sunday, there are morning services as well as evening. 10 local churches responded to our call for schedules, and they’re in the Holiday Guide.
LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING? Shop your independent local businesses for last-minute gifts! Like this West Seattle hoodie at CAPERS …
Christmas Eve hours for local businesses we heard from are also listed in the Holiday Guide.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s open! 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction, as always.
DROP OFF HOMEMADE COOKIES: 9 am-1 pm at Alki Masonic Hall in The Junction, The Christmas People are again accepting donations of homemade cookies for the free Christmas dinner they will serve to hundreds tomorrow. (4736 40th SW)
CHRISTMAS MUSIC: We 3 Carolers will sing at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) from 11 am-1pm, followed by Alex Baird performing 1-4 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
GIFT WRAPPING: Wrap It Up! With Furry Faces Foundation! – 2-6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub:
Have your Christmas gifts wrapped while watching the Seahawks game!
The elves of Furry Faces Foundation are looking forward to wrapping your gifts in splendor and uniqueness! We have gift wrap, bows, tape, ribbon, garland, pipe cleaners, name tags, and more! It’s up to you how much you would like to donate for the gift wrapping, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to helping animals.
Please note, Beveridge Place Pub is 21+ and over. (6413 California SW)
UPDATE: WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: Mid-afternoon update thanks to commenter: West Seattle Lightsis on, but free hot chocolate is not, because of illness. But you can still enjoy the light show programmed to synch to music – tonight’s schedule is 5 pm to midnight. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank bin out front, and/or support the WSL’s chosen nonprofits online. (3908 SW Charlestown)
MORE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: See the Holiday Guide for the listings of the major displays, and scroll through our archive of West Seattle displays we’ve featured.
Also of note for today/tonight:
PARKS FACILITIES CHANGES: Listed here.
Changes? Additions? Questions? Breaking news? The 24/7/365 WSB hotline, text or voice, is 206-293-6302.
In case you’ve heard the sirens and/or seen the emergency vehicles headed to Terminal 5 – a man is reported to have been injured in a fall on board “the blue vessel” that’s been docked there a while. So far, as described in radio transmissions, his injuries are not reported to be major.
You’ve been hearing talk of possible Christmas Eve/Day snow for days – and now the National Weather Service has issued an alert saying it’s looking quite likely. From the “Winter Weather Advisory” alert, which will be in effect 7 pm tonight through noon tomorrow:
… Snow expected. Plan on road conditions becoming slippery tonight. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches expected with the higher amounts in locations around 500 feet and above with less than an inch near the water. …
The highest elevation within city limits – near the 35th/Myrtle reservoir – is just over 500 feet. Meantime, let us know if/when you see snow – 206-293-6302 text or voice – thanks!
A 41-year-old man is being taken to Harborview Medical Center with burns to his face and hands after what was described on Seattle Fire radio as a propane explosion in an RV. Several SFD units were dispatched to 1st Avenue South and SW Kenyon [map] to fight the resulting fire and treat the patient. The fire is under investigation.