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WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Monday night updates, including Tuesday plans

7:37 PM: Trouble on the streets everywhere – a utility pole across California in The Junction (photo from Jacob):

Buses stuck on Avalon (photo from Gwen):

Almost 1,000 customers without power in southeast West Seattle:

Several more inches of snow has made this a messy night. (For us, too – apologies for the technical trouble that kept us from updating here for a few hours.) Here’s our newest link list:

SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR TUESDAY: List here
NEWEST ALERTS AND FORECAST: National Weather Service updates here
SDOT WINTER-RESPONSE MAP: See where SDOT has treated/plowed
TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Our compilation of local cameras
SDOT CITYWIDE CAMS ETC. PAGE: Year-round “travelers” map with cams/alerts
METRO SERVICE: Emergency Snow Network at least through Tuesday – here are the West/South Seattle specifics.
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: Here’s the Tuesday plan
TRASH/RECYCLING: Awaiting Tuesday plans
TUESDAY BUSINESS (ETC.) CLOSURES/CHANGES: Building a list here

One big message tonight: STAY HOME. Besides the streets mentioned above, there are also trees on 35th, Jacobsen, and other streets.

8:10 PM: Buses on 35th south of Avalon, too – the photo above is from Jeff B, who also reports that the high bridge had “lots of snow.” …. Regan tweeted that tow trucks were making progress on the Avalon buses … Outage update: About half the nearly-a-thousand who lost power in the Highland Park area have it back, per City Light’s map. Citywide, more than 21,000 customers are without electricity.

8:28 PM: Sounds like just rain out there now (340′ elevation). The Winter Weather Advisory alert is in effect until 4 am. … Steve Ball sends this view, saying he had just finished clearing the walkway when the snow turned to rain:

We’re getting some non-school changes/closures for Tuesday and starting a new list of those – if you have anything to share, 206-293-6302, text or voice, is our hotline – thank you!

9:45 PM: Thanks to Michael KD for that video of SW Avalon Way getting cleared. Meantime, up here we just heard a ferocious road-scraping noise, and went out to see this:

What exactly do we call that? Guess we can consult this newly published SDOT post that explains snow-clearing and de-icing in insider-level detail.

10:45 PM: The trouble spots are being cleared bit by bit, and the meltoff continues. Hard to tell until early morning (we plan to restart by 5) what it’ll be like out there. “The lowlands could be done with the snow,” per the latest “forecast discussion.”

11:09 PM: Still ~500 out of power in Highland Park, and as noted in comments, there’s a small outage in Gatewood that’s not showing on the map.

11:17 AM: Dangling, arcing power line reported at 35th/Trenton.

WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Updates for Monday afternoon and beyond

(Junction photo from Becca)

3:19 PM: Our afternoon-into-evening coverage begins, with the snow continuing. First, the infolink list after a few “live” cameras:

SCHOOL DECISIONS FOR TUESDAY: List here
TRASH/RECYCLING: No Monday pickups; awaiting Tuesday plans
PARKS: Today’s updates here
LIBRARIES: Today’s plan here
WS BUSINESS/ETC. UPDATES: This page is not currently working – Tuesday version soon
SDOT WINTER-RESPONSE MAP: See where SDOT has treated/plowed
METRO SERVICE: Emergency Snow Network at least through Tuesday – here are the West/South Seattle specifics.
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: One-boat service – schedule and other details here
TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Our compilation of local cameras
SDOT CITYWIDE CAMS ETC. PAGE: Year-round “travelers” map with cams/alerts.
CITY/COUNTY/STATE BRIEFING: Separate story here

Roads are challenging – just heard on the scanner about “several spinouts on Sylvan Way,” and via Twitter, Mike warns even the slight California SW incline on the north end of The Junction is problematic.

4:23 PM: Multiple reports of stuck buses and other vehicles, in multiple places.

7:20 PM: Our apologies – technical trouble rendered us unable to update WSB for a couple hours. Fixed now. We will launch an evening report shortly.

SCHOOLS: Tuesday plans, updated

Updated at 5:30 am:

SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR TUESDAY:

Districts
Seattle Public Schools
Highline Public Schools
Vashon Island SD

Independents/Parochial/Others
Westside School
Explorer West Middle School
Hope Lutheran
Seattle Lutheran HS
Holy Rosary
Our Lady of Guadalupe
West Seattle Montessori
Summit Atlas
Taproot School
Holy Family Bilingual School
Kennedy Catholic High School
O’Dea
Seattle Prep

Preschools
Community School of West Seattle
Fauntleroy Children’s Center
Little Pilgrim School

Colleges
South Seattle College
Other Seattle Colleges
Highline College
University of Washington
Seattle University

Something to add? 206-293-6302 – thank you!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Business break-in

Thanks to the texter who reported: “I’m having lunch at the Morgan Junction Subway and found out that they were (burglarized) last night. Broke through the back door, which was being repaired while I was there. Terrible to think thieves are taking advantage of businesses during the snowstorm.” We don’t have other details but the SPD Twitter log confirms the burglary report.

VIDEO: What city, county, state leaders said about the storm at Monday briefing

In case you didn’t get to watch it live – that’s archived Seattle Channel video of this morning’s storm-response briefing led by Mayor Jenny Durkan, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Governor Jay Inslee, along with a variety of city department heads and others. As Constantine noted toward the end of the 43-minute briefing, what’s most unusual about the current situation is that while we deal with snow days at least once a year, this is the first time in a long time we’ve had to deal with a snow WEEK. A few points we noted:

Trash/recycling – SPU director Mami Hara reiterated that whenever they’re able to resume pickups, they’ll get to Monday customers first; yesterday they managed some emergency pickups for hospitals. Transfer stations are open if you have any way of getting there.

Metro – Constantine says he has not decided yet on whether the Emergency Snow Network reduced-service plan will continue into Wednesday; he said mechanics have a lot of bus repairs to catch up on

Schools – Inslee was asked if he’s able to take action that would keep all these missed school days from having to be made up. He said the Supt. of Public Instruction would have to look into that.

Roads – Durkan said they have lots of salt on hand and even have shared some with neighboring jurisdictions in need.

Many other topics were addressed (yes, even the sidewalk-clearing issue) – see for yourself above.

COMMENT TIME: 2 from today’s Land Use Information Bulletin

From today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin, notices regarding two former substation sites:

8822 9TH SW: The Administrative Design Review comment period has now opened for the 16 residential units proposed on this Highland Park site, described as:

2, 3-story townhouse buildings (10 units total) and 1, 3-story apartment building (6 units total). Parking for 14 vehicles proposed.

Info and the design packet are linked here. Comments go to abby.weber@seattle.gov – by February 25th.

3243 SW GENESEE: The city is taking comments on another six-month extension for use of this city-owned site as parking for Pecos Pit BBQ (WSB sponsor) next door, while a separate rezoning action is being pursued. You have until February 25th to comment – email michaelt.houston@seattle.gov – on the extension, which allows parking for up to six months.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT/WEATHER/ETC.: Snowy Monday AM/early PM updates

(SCHOOLS: Closure listTRASH/RECYCLING: No pickups todayPARKS: Today’s updates hereLIBRARIES: Today’s plan hereWS BUSINESS/ETC. UPDATES as received)

6:00 AM: Good morning. Morning watch begins – updates ahead.

SDOT WINTER-RESPONSE MAP: See where SDOT has treated/plowed
METRO SERVICE: Emergency Snow Network only – here are the West/South Seattle specifics.
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: One-boat service – schedule and other details here
TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Our compilation of local cameras
SDOT CITYWIDE CAMS ETC. PAGE: Year-round “travelers” map with cams/more.

6:21 AM: No incidents in our area. Arterials have been cleared since Sunday’s new snowfall, but as has been the case in recent days, the main challenge will be getting to one. The temperature’s back below freezing. No significant new snowfall expected until later – the new Winter Weather Advisory alert takes effect at 11 am. (The early-morning “forecast discussion” continues to warn that forecasters are uncertain about when and where the next wave turns to rain.)

7:16 AM: Doc Maynard is the one boat on the West Seattle Water Taxi run today … Speaking of vessels, the “low bridge” restrictions are officially over. And it’s just opened for a vessel to pass.

7:31 AM: The low bridge has reopened to non-marine traffic.

7:41 AM: Important reminder from Metro – apps/trackers do NOT filter for the Emergency Snow Network (which is the reduced-service level in effect since early Saturday) though they “can still accurately show estimated arrival times for those routes actually in service.”

8 AM: Next wave moving this way a bit faster than expected, NWS now says, so we may only have a couple more hours’ break. Got business open/closed – or institution/organization – news? Text or voice 206-293-6302 is the best way to get it to us; building a new list right now.

8:32 AM: Thanks to the commenters who are sharing road-condition updates. Meantime, we’ve started that new businesses-etc. list here. … Still awaiting city status reports for libraries and Parks facilities.

8:41 AM: Alert from King County, “West Seattle Water Taxi shuttle Route 775 is currently unable to provide service on California Way SW and also Admiral Way SW between 61st Ave SW and California Way SW.”

8:48 AM: Seattle Parks update for the day is in – see it here.

9:28 AM: Also from the city, an SDOT overview:

SDOT crews continue to plow, working back to back 12-hour shifts. SDOT currently has 35 snow and ice fighting trucks roving Seattle’s major streets and roadways. Plow crews continue to prioritize keeping Gold and Emerald routes clear. A flusher truck is covering city-wide elevated structure and frost prone areas. Smaller, more mobile trucks are addressing trouble spots, and streets near schools. In addition, two SDOT tree crews are on duty and available within the City for calls related to downed or hazardous trees through the night shift. No outstanding tree calls currently. Street closure inspection and reporting teams are also on a 12-hour shift and continue checking the status of street closure signs.

The mayor, governor, and city department heads plan an 11 am briefing. … Also just in: Seattle Public Library status (in our area, all but West Seattle/Admiral will be open today) … We’ll continue to update this roundup until (serious) snow returns or afternoon arrives, whichever comes first, but we’re also working to catch up on other news notes, so watch for some non-snow stories shortly.

9:47 AM: A few flakes are falling already!

9:54 AM: Jackknifed semitruck on Edmunds just east of California – thanks to Doug B for the tip and photo:

On the scanner, we hear police just arriving at that scene. They say the truck driver is chaining up in hopes of getting out.

10:08 AM: And the truck is reported to have moved on. Still lightly snowing.

11:02 AM: Couple updates – Southwest Pool is actually opening noon-3, different from what the Parks link above shows, we’re told … Speaking of the city, the mayor/governor/etc. briefing just started and Seattle Channel is streaming it here … Speaking of city employees, check this out:

Texted with this caption: “Neighbors helping neighbors! Thanks to the mighty help of Fire Station 32 for helping Lien Animal Clinic shovel out their overflow parking lot.”

11:39 AM: We’ve been monitoring the briefing and tweeting some toplines; will publish the video and toplines separately once it’s over – there’s usually a near-instant turnaround of the Seattle Channel stream via YouTube.

12:35 PM: Extending this roundup into the early PM while we try to get a couple other items up before starting the official afternoon roundup. Snow’s falling more seriously now, by the way.

2:07 PM: There’s been a discussion in comments regarding USPS. Yes, they’re working – we just saw ours go by. Serious snow continues but the NWS is adamant it’ll turn to rain later – the roads, meantime, are getting snowed over again. Here’s a framegrab from the SDOT camera in The Triangle:

We’ve added more updates to the business list – including several restaurants.

3:19 PM: Afternoon/evening updates are here.