West Seattle, Washington
Maybe you’ve seen this house, driving SW Morgan from Morgan Junction to High Point? It’s on the southeast corner of 37th/Morgan. As usual, the photo captures just part of the spirit … the star is animated, and both street-facing sides of this corner house are brightly lit. Scroll through this WSB archive category to see what we have featured – and check the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for ongoing light shows like West Seattle Lights – running until midnight on Christmas Eve!
Thanks to Lynn Hall for the moonrise/skyline view (if you weren’t watching or attending the game, the Seahawks won their Sunday Night Football faceoff against Kansas City, 38-31, which guarantees their playoff spot.)
Our annual list of restaurants that told us they’ll be open Christmas Eve and/or Day and/or New Year’s Eve and/or Day (at least one of the four) is here. It’s also linked in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which is where to go for the info we have on wrapping, shopping, churchgoing, groceries, coffee, lights … and we continue updating it until pretty much the last minute, so if you have something to add (including Christmas Eve retail hours for shoppers), please e-mail us ASAP, email@example.com – thank you!
… is that peek view of snow-capped Olympics, as photographed this morning by Chris Frankovich. The forecast isn’t completely placid — “slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening” tonight, for example — but otherwise “mostly cloudy with a chance of showers” through Christmas Eve, then a partly sunny Christmas Day with highs in the 40s. If you weren’t here last Christmas, this is what you missed:
More than 2.5″ of snow for Christmas Eve/Day 2017 – which the National Weather Service said was the “first time in over 120 years of records Seattle had at least 1″ of snow on both Christmas Eve and Christmas.”
1:14 PM: Thanks for the tips and photos – that crash is blocking a lane on the westbound West Seattle Bridge toward the Fauntleroy end. No word of major injuries, but the texter who sent that photo says the barrier is damaged, which usually means extra time to rearrange it, at the very least.
1:45 PM: Per radio communications, sounds like it’ll be a while before the barrier is replaced. SDOT says the inside eastbound lane is blocked as well as the inside westbound lane.
3:45 PM: SDOT says all’s clear now.
CHRISTMAS COOKIES: You can contribute to the thousands of homemade cookies needed by The Christmas People! Bring them to Alki Masonic Center between 9 am and 3:30 pm daily, through Christmas Day. (4736 40th SW)
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: All Souls (WSB sponsor) invites you to the church’s Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols this morning, 10 am. All Souls meets at Madison Middle School. (3429 45th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The pre-Christmas WSFM is happening 10 am-2 pm, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
SANTA PHOTOS: Second-to-last day at Westwood Village, 10 am-7 pm. (2600 SW Barton)
LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING AT THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: 11 am-4 pm, special Sunday shopping at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) as you finish your holiday shopping! (4736 California SW)
HOLIDAY MUSIC: At West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), Alex Baird 11 am-2 pm, Gary Benson 2:30-4:30 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
PRAYER VIGIL FOR NATALIE: As reported here on Saturday, Hope Lutheran is having a prayer vigil at noon for Hope School graduate Natalie Gulizia. All are welcome. (4456 42nd SW)
No major problems are expected, but the National Weather Service has a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect this morning, warning of “minor tidal overflow for some areas near the shorelines for a couple of hours around high tide.” This comes as another round of winter “king tides” arrives, with the highest tides each day above 12 feet through New Year’s Eve, peaking with 13-foot high tides on Christmas Day and the day after. (Here’s the chart.) This morning’s high tide is 12.5 feet just before 6 am.