WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Friday PM updates

12:15 PM: The snow is here. Afternoon updates start now:

(West Seattle Junction – photo by Jason Grotelueschen)

LATEST FORECAST/ALERTS: National Weather Service‘s Seattle site
METRO UPDATES: Here’s the winter-weather page; snow routing @ 2 pm
METRO ROUTE 55: no 3:56 run from downtown; 4:28 & 5:12 pm runs canceled
METRO ROUTE 56: 4:54 pm run from downtown canceled, also 5:31 pm
METRO ROUTE 57: 4:15 run from downtown canceled
METRO ROUTE 113: 5:07 pm run from downtown canceled
WATER TAXI: Some changes.
RIDE2: Canceled for the rest of the day
SOUND TRANSIT ALERT: See left side of this page
SDOT WINTER-RESPONSE MAP: Here’s where SDOT has treated/plowed.
SCHOOL CHANGES: The Friday list of early dismissals (etc.)..
TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Our compilation of local cameras.
SDOT CITYWIDE CAMS ETC. PAGE: The year-round “travelers” map with cams/more.
SEATTLE PARKS & RECREATION: Friday weather-impact updates here; Saturday plan here
BUSINESS NOTES: Open, closed, changed – adding as received

If you have changes/closures/etc. to report, 206-293-6302 text or voice – thanks!

1:03 PM: Steady snow for going on an hour now. Just added to our school-changes list for today: Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is near the highest-elevation point in the city, is closing early – but, the school stresses, don’t rush to get there, be safe. Meantime, a live look at 35th/Fauntleroy, followed by the high bridge at midspan:

1:29 PM: In comments and via email, we’re hearing that traffic on streets around West Seattle is slow going, so please be safe and patient! Also a commenter reminds us that the East Marginal/Nevada scene – now in its 8th hour – hasn’t fully cleared yet. … Just heard via scanner, tree down at Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way …

1:57 PM: As discussed in comments – King County is stepping up Water Taxi frequency for “the next hour or so” due to high demand for getting back to WS. (Added) Doc Maynard is temporarily out for maintenance, we’re told, and that’s why smaller Spirit of Kingston is running along with Doc Maynard.

2:05 PM: Metro is now on snow routes, and just sent the map above – here’s a PDF version – saying, “We heard from West Seattle customers who were seeking a better map for C line snow routing … this map better shows the stops. We hope this makes it easier for people who absolutely must ride transit during this snowstorm, but we’d feel better if most folks could ride this one out warm and safe at home.”

2:25 PM: Per scanner – jackknifed semitruck on SW Genesee just east of Avalon. … SDOT says (updated 2:37 pm) TWO southbound lanes are now open at scene of 5:50 am truck-vs.-wires incident at East Marginal/Nevada … Metro has just announced Ride2 is canceled for the rest of today.

2:43 PM: SFD fireboat is out looking for a possible paddleboarder in distress off Alki, per scanner … If you’re waiting for somebody to come home, be aware that many city streets are gridlocked or close to it (even some WS arterials – see the red lines on the city map) … Gov. Inslee has just declared a statewide state of emergency because of the storm.

3:01 PM: Thanks to Robert Duffy for that photo of the truck stuck on SW Genesee east of Avalon. Nancy tweets that the hill is now closed. … As specific bus-route alerts come in, we’re adding to the list above, next to the transit links already there…

3:50 PM: Sitting next to a window, we’ve been able to observe the ebb and flow of the storm. The snow lightened up for a while but now it’s intensified again. Here’s a “live” look at Admiral/California:

We’ve started the business-info page here, linked in the list above too. … Traffic note: Stalled vehicle blocking a SB lane on 1st Ave. S. at Spokane.

4:44 PM: That’s clear. Plus, all but one NB lane now reopened at the East Marginal/Nevada truck-vs.-wires scene (11 hours later). Monitoring regional reports, the general consensus is that everyone’s finally gotten out of downtown.

5:11 PM: Just in from Metro – they’ll activate the Emergency Snow Network starting tomorrow morning:

The Emergency Snow Network (ESN) will be effective at 4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, until further notice.

Customers will be able to board service only on 60 core bus routes and shuttles primarily serving key arterials and transit centers. The network was prioritized based on high ridership routes and to serve areas to avoid steep hills. The routes were developed in coordination and collaboration with jurisdictions and taking advantage of designated snow plow plans, including the City of Seattle.

Routes operating as part of the ESN will serve core centers around King County, via routes 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 21, 24, 24 shuttle, 31, 32, 36, 40, 41, 44, 45, 48, 62, 62 shuttle, 65, 70, 75, 90 shuttle, 101, 102 shuttle, 106, 106 shuttle, 120, 124, 128, 150, 166, 168, 169, 180, 181, 235, 245, 248, 252/255 shuttle, 255, 255 shuttle, 271, 331, 345, 348, 348 shuttle, 372 Woodinville and 372 Lake City, ST 522, ST 545, ST 550, ST 554, ST 554 shuttle, RapidRide A, B, C, D, E and F lines.

Metro will be monitoring performance of this network and make adjustments as needed to improve operations. Customers in outlying areas and neighborhoods should prepare for reduced or temporarily unavailable bus service on Saturday and for several days due to inclement weather, difficult travel conditions and topography.

More details on the ESN here.

5:28 PM: Power outage near 42nd/Andover, where a texter describes what sounds like a transformer problem preceding it. Not on the map yet but the texter says it seems to be a small neighborhood pocket.

6:10 PM: 6 customers affected by that outage, according to the SCL map … Update on the stuck truck on SW Genesee, it’s been towed after almost four hours:

Thanks to Regina for the update and photo. … Also thanks to Al, for this pre-dusk photo of California Way:

And a note from C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) – tonight’s songwriter showcase is canceled.

6:41 PM: The 42nd/Andover outage is down to 1 customer. Meanwhile, Seattle Parks is out with its plan for tomorrow – also adding to the list above.

7:32 PM: Thanks to the person who mentioned that the comment function on this story had broken – unfortunately a glitch we have had every so often with too many updates on the same story. Time to start an evening update anyway; stand by for that link.

132 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Friday PM updates"

  • Dustin February 8, 2019 (12:18 pm)

    They weren’t kidding when they predicted “wall of snow.”  That came on in a hurry.

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (12:27 pm)

      And exactly as predicted – noonish. I’m impressed (knowing how difficult it is to forecast with accuracy around here given the terrain and other challenges). We were out an hour earlier and there was sunshine so I was starting to wonder. – TR

      • JasonG February 8, 2019 (1:18 pm)

        No joke, serious kudos to the forecasters, they’ve nailed the timing thus far. Was on the C line from SLU to WS and starting seeing flakes a few minutes after noon as we came over the WS bridge, then by the time we pulled up to the Alaska Junction just after 12:15, BOOM, wall of snow. 

      • Irish Lady February 8, 2019 (1:38 pm)

        Agree.  I was in shock on how on the mark they were.

  • stinger2 February 8, 2019 (12:26 pm)

    Came on like a light switch! Dumping in Admiral.

  • Jack February 8, 2019 (12:28 pm)

    Snowing on Alki.

  • miws February 8, 2019 (12:29 pm)

    Been coming down in S. Delridge since about 12:15. 9000 block 16th. —Mike

  • Michael Ostrogorsky February 8, 2019 (12:35 pm)

    Here’s the latest update from U Dub climatologist Cliff Mass. And Buckle Up! There’s way more snow coming next week! https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-snow-event-in-two-acts.html

    • Susan February 8, 2019 (1:44 pm)

      Yes, Definitely agree with you on Cliff’s models and expertise. 

  • B February 8, 2019 (12:38 pm)

    Snowing at WSHS a lot, it’s sticking!!

  • Trickycoolj February 8, 2019 (12:47 pm)

    Salt/plow already on HP way hill. 

  • Steve February 8, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    How did traffic downtown go from deserted to gridlock in 5 minutes?  Seattle schools should have closed at noon instead of 2:30.

    • Jenny February 8, 2019 (1:37 pm)

      No joke! I left to pick up my kiddo 15 minutes after it started, because it was falling so fast. I’m glad I left when I did – the hills we have to go up / down getting to and from school were a little harrowing. I definitely saw some vehicles losing traction. 

  • Alissa Haslam February 8, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    Downtown busses are moving slow and are queued up for chains. Been on a c bus for 15 minutes and we haven’t moved. 

  • Mnw February 8, 2019 (12:57 pm)

    On c line trying to get to Morgan Junction. California ave is backed up with crazy traffic. 

    • Anon February 8, 2019 (1:04 pm)

      35th southbound starting at Morgan st is jammed 

  • jenjm82 February 8, 2019 (12:59 pm)

    Downed power lines on marginal just south of the bridge, all lanes closed

  • Adam February 8, 2019 (1:02 pm)

    Thank you WSB, as always, for your reporting.  I’ve lived in a lot of places, but nowhere with such an awesome local news outlet and community resource.  

  • Andee February 8, 2019 (1:02 pm)

    The Seattle snowstorm has officially arrived folks! Coming down heavily at 37th SW & Stevens

  • CAM February 8, 2019 (1:07 pm)

    Fauntleroy southbound from Alaska is pretty much at a dead stop or just barely crawling. 

  • rpo February 8, 2019 (1:07 pm)

    I’m gonna make a prediction….this will be the most commented upon post on the WSB in 2019.

    • Canton February 8, 2019 (1:51 pm)

      Especially, if there are any related power outages.

      • flimflam February 8, 2019 (2:21 pm)

        hee hee, for sure.

      • Michelle February 8, 2019 (4:51 pm)

        Well, it is a Friday and all…so power outage just has to happen. Isn’t that, like, the new thing lately?

        • WSB February 8, 2019 (5:24 pm)

          We do have a small one I’ll be noting above shortly, 42nd/Andover.

  • andasai February 8, 2019 (1:13 pm)

    The Seattle snowstorm has officially begun! Its coming down heavy around 37th Ave SW and Stevens. Stay warm and safe everyone!

  • Commuter February 8, 2019 (1:25 pm)

    Southbound West Marginal Way is backed up all the way to Edmunds. Northbound isn’t quite as bad, but still a very long line trying to get to the intersection at Spokane Street / Chelan Cafe.

  • Snooze February 8, 2019 (1:26 pm)

    Are bussing running OK?  Worried about my son getting home from WSHS.

    • Karen February 8, 2019 (1:55 pm)

      Roads are busy but driveable.  I’m waiting at WSHS to pick up my kids.

  • Westeros February 8, 2019 (1:29 pm)

    Winter is here!!

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (1:31 pm)

    Pepperdock is hopping. They think they’ll be open tomorrow, too. Stock up on emergency burgers!!

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (1:46 pm)

      Thanks for that. Any businesses with open OR closed plans are welcome to let us know (text or call 206-293-6302), we’re building a separate page to link here but we don’t have the ability to proactively check around.

  • newnative February 8, 2019 (1:32 pm)

    We were ordered to leave work at 12:30 and i am still waiting for a bus to get out of Bell town 

  • pip February 8, 2019 (1:33 pm)

    Traffic dowtown is a mess. C line buses jam packed and very slow moving. Lots of people trying to catch buses and getting left behind on 3rd Ave. Fun times. Good luck to all using transit today.

  • smittytheclown February 8, 2019 (1:33 pm)

    Was on Lower QA and took off when we saw the wall coming across the water.Mercer already backed up and people cheating, running lights and “blocking the box”.This city goes absolutely crazy when it snows!Get luck getting home – it appears to be “every man for himself” time!

  • AlkiJames February 8, 2019 (1:34 pm)

    Wife just came home on a completely full Spirit of Kingston. Is Doc Maynard down? Going to make midday ferry runs crunched. 

    • Kim February 8, 2019 (1:52 pm)

      Metro just posted on Twitter that they are going to add more water taxi runs to accommodate the rush.

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (1:34 pm)

    I tried to go to Trader Joes but the parking attendant told me the lines went to the back of the store so I skipped it. The amount of alcohol being carried out of the store was hilarious. Literally cases of wine and vodka. Party maybe? More like emergency rations, I think.

    • CAM February 8, 2019 (2:05 pm)

      1 inch of snow = 1 bottle of wine. 

    • Alki-holic February 8, 2019 (2:09 pm)


    • Seavieu February 8, 2019 (2:47 pm)

      Not to say people aren’t stocking up on booze,  but they save wine/liquor boxes to be reused for carrying groceries too.

    • Laura February 8, 2019 (3:03 pm)

      Kate, yours is the BEST neighbor report I’ve seen on WSB. :D

  • ElnoraH February 8, 2019 (1:40 pm)

    On the 120 since getting on 12:53 at 3rd and Virginia (because the 125 was canceled today) and it is very SLOW GOING. traffic downtown is awful. And the busses have to get chained before leaving DT. been crawling through downtown for 50 min already, and only at 1st and Columbia. Haven’t even gotten to where the chains need to be put on. Sigh. Hope to be home within 2 hours from now…

    • Sunuva February 8, 2019 (2:12 pm)

      My wife reported her bus went through all of that and then there were no chains to actually put on the bus, so they changed the bus route and she’s now stuck on 1st ave in Pioneer Square. She got on the bus at 12:55. What is going on Metro? How were they not prepared for this??

  • redfoxx February 8, 2019 (1:42 pm)

    How are the water taxi lines at pier 52? Are the shuttles running?

    • Your Dad February 8, 2019 (1:52 pm)

      They are running wide open. No schedule, just back and forth as fast as they can go. 

  • T February 8, 2019 (1:57 pm)

    True tests for the new traffic czar. Current snow issue and why is the east Marginal/Nevada issue in it’s 8th hour?

    • Pilsner February 8, 2019 (2:10 pm)

      Prolly a question for SCL or PSE

  • Gina February 8, 2019 (2:05 pm)

    Bartell might be the best choice for shopping right now.!

  • Admiral February 8, 2019 (2:05 pm)

    Took over an hour round trip to get from Admiral to Westside School to pick up my kiddo. 35th was clear, but just massive amounts of traffic. Happy my high schooler can just walk home! Good luck out there, everyone. 

  • Pilsner February 8, 2019 (2:08 pm)

    Highland Park Way and Holden still good as of this post

    • datamuse February 8, 2019 (2:23 pm)

      It was unusually backed up coming from the south, though. That tree, I guess (I decided to go up Olson instead).

  • Blbl February 8, 2019 (2:08 pm)

    West Seattle Health Club is closed. 

    • sb2780 February 8, 2019 (3:07 pm)

      Thanks for this update! Decided to go early this morning instead of around noontime today. Glad I did!

  • Sunuva February 8, 2019 (2:10 pm)

    My wife is stuck on a 21 bus that she got on over an hour ago in downtown and she is still in Pioneer Square. Apparently the bus is on 1st Ave and simply not moving at all.

    • sam-c February 8, 2019 (3:45 pm)

      Seems like everyone left as soon as the flakes started to fall, and created a traffic standstill all over the place….All the weather folks said to ‘leave before 1pm’ and that is what everyone did.  But, it’s almost 4 pm and the roads still seem drive-able and the snow that is falling is really wet.  Almost seems like the best bet would be to leave downtown at regular time ? who knows

  • Taxi rider February 8, 2019 (2:11 pm)

    1:15 water taxi run was full. The smaller Spirit of Kingston is running between WS and downtown.

  • 4thGenWS February 8, 2019 (2:18 pm)

    Thank god for the luxury of being able to work from home. Did my grocery shopping on Wednesday. Have booze, food, and no place to be. Bring on the snow!!!!!

  • datamuse February 8, 2019 (2:20 pm)

    I don’t know if it’s a downed tree–I took another route–but something has West Marginal/Highland Park Way backed up to the 99 interchange/traffic light.

  • Tsurly February 8, 2019 (2:22 pm)

    35 minute bike ride from downtown to pickup at daycare near the Junction. Smooth riding home with studded tires at 25 psi.

    • Yma February 8, 2019 (4:43 pm)

      Tsurly – please don’t gloat. Very glad you are fit & can bike to/from work. Many of us cannot.

      • Tsurly February 8, 2019 (6:33 pm)

        It’s not gloating, just passing on information to my fellow bike commuters. Or is this blog only for car drivers and bus riders to share information?

  • Mj February 8, 2019 (2:22 pm)

    Please everyone clear your sidewalks as required by SMC.  Also clear your stairs so mail carriers and other delivery people can do their job

  • _M_H February 8, 2019 (2:36 pm)

    Road bare and salt truck going back and forth here in Arbor Heights.  Ready for the 21X if it ever gets here.

  • Hockeychick725 February 8, 2019 (2:46 pm)

    Yes, I live on 30th. There is a jackknifed semi blocking the whole 30th and Genessee intersection. People keep trying to drive down 30th toward Genessee too. Please stop trying!! It’s adding to an already dicey situation when you have to back up or pull a u-turn on our already slick street.

  • Astro February 8, 2019 (2:47 pm)

    O.K. My guy just texted the C Line he is on that the last stop is the Junction and he needs to transfer. What!!!!! Surely, the C Line can travel down California.BTW – funny about Trader J’s and all the people carrying out liquor.  :)

    • MRS February 8, 2019 (3:13 pm)

      Can confirm. We were kicked off the C in the junction and asked to wait for a shuttle. Now been waiting 20 minutes in the cold.

      • DH February 8, 2019 (3:20 pm)

        For people being kicked off the C Line in Alaska Junction with no shuttle,you can catch the 128 on the other side. It’s not frequent but it will get to Morgan Junction. 

      • Astro February 8, 2019 (3:29 pm)

        Sorry to hear that MRS. My guy started walking home and spotted a 128 and he’s finally made it home after 3 hrs. using Seattle transit. Hope you get home soon. :(

  • pw February 8, 2019 (2:56 pm)

    Metro should have been prepared we keep saying this over and over.No excuse not to have buses ready knowing all alerts said leave early.Super sad City of Seattle and, King County.  I think Dow is over Metro?

  • JayDee February 8, 2019 (3:09 pm)

    MJ: If I could have bought more deicer, I would have. None was delivered. Looking at old sugar cubes, rubbing alcohol, kosher salt, regular sugar…No deicer was to be had. I did wonder about bath salts…TSurly: I am glad you are a prepper. And you are fit/well enough to ride a bike in snowy weather, and a set of studded tires to boot. Not everyone has that option.

  • T February 8, 2019 (3:11 pm)

    Was that semi seriously going to try to go up the Avalon hill!?!?!

    • Tedb310 February 8, 2019 (4:21 pm)

      Site of the famous “steel ball incident”. Maybe SDOT should ban semis on Genesee from Delridge to Avalon. 

      • T February 8, 2019 (5:26 pm)

        Yeah Ted, wasn’t that such a bizarre incident? Cheers.

  • Astro February 8, 2019 (3:12 pm)

    This is definitely ridiculous.  Apparently, my guy needed to transfer to a shuttle bus just to get to Morgan junction. It was completely full so he started walking. Just texted that he caught the 128. What’s the point of having an inefficient transit system? It’s taken him 3 hrs. using Metro to get home. Um…I thought we knew this was coming.

  • aa February 8, 2019 (3:14 pm)

    State of Emergency? Seems a bit premature.

  • CS February 8, 2019 (3:26 pm)

    You can’t blame this on the buses. People knew about this storm way in advance. I lived in Boston for 8 years and you learned that If a big storm is coming you stay home. I actually went into work from WS to Redmond this morning. Left work at 11 am and back in WS by noon. I could see the storm coming on radar and hitting WS as I road in. Just wait till we have major earthquake. People will be taking the clothes off your back to survive. Stay safe.

    • KM February 8, 2019 (3:38 pm)

      KCMetro also knew about the storm, seems they would have of had a standby plan for those leaving at noon, especially since schools around the area announced early closures. Not seeing anything except canceled routes, but I may have missed something.

      • CS February 8, 2019 (4:00 pm)

        I picked up my kids from school at 1pm. The snow was sticking. That’s when it gets nasty. Radar is your best friend when a snowstorm is coming. It’s hard to predict. Now I am chilling with the kids watching Star Wars.

    • NH February 8, 2019 (3:59 pm)

      I work for a major medical center on First Hill, in an outpatient clinic. We are required to go to work no matter the weather. If we can’t make it, we are not paid and get an “occurrence” on our employee record. Not everyone can stay home. 

      • Tracey February 8, 2019 (4:15 pm)

        Amen NH!  Me too.  I am so tired of hearing the news people tell me to work from home.  If you are in an accident on I5, do you want your ER doctor working from home or delayed due to Metro cancellations?  House on fire…SFD is out due to snow!  Cities and its services need to operate during inclement weather.  

      • CS February 8, 2019 (5:40 pm)

        I have a ton respect for anybody that has to work in dangerous weather. Especially EMT, fire, police, or bus drivers. My point is you shouldn’t have to risk your life or someone else’s life because of another persons ingnorance. But I guess that’s why you do what you do. 

    • just wonderingm February 8, 2019 (4:00 pm)

      And you won’t be told that an earthquake is coming like the weather forecast for snow!  People should already have food and water supplies (1 gal per person per day minimum).And keep your gas tank filled.  If electricity is out gas pumps won’t work.  And neither will ATM’s!

  • Christina February 8, 2019 (3:37 pm)

    Left the Junction at 1:45 to go up to Wedgewood by way of the Express Lanes. Then hit the U-District and came back through the 99 Tunnel.  The arterials were wet with no snow buildup as of 3:15. Side streets were slushy, but not slick. Bridge was wet pavement both directions as of 3:30. Take 99 if you can. It’s half the travel time of I-5, and right now the Tunnel is free!

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (3:54 pm)

      On a tunnel-related note, we’ve added three tunnel cams (one outside, two inside) to our traffic-cams page.

      • Ryan February 8, 2019 (5:28 pm)

        Oh my goodness, how did I not know this page existed on your site before right now? Favorited & Bookmarked!

  • JB February 8, 2019 (3:43 pm)

    Was waiting for 21 bus then decided to grab a green lime bike. 15 mins from downtown to the junction and it was fun and im old! Whoohoo!

    • Irishlady February 8, 2019 (4:22 pm)

      This is the best comment I have read all day!  You may feel it tomorrow, but at least you made it to the junction. 

    • HS February 8, 2019 (5:42 pm)


  • Sarah February 8, 2019 (3:45 pm)

    Took me an hour and 15 minutes to get home (Highland Park) on the 120 from Columbia and 3rd at . I was told it was one of the first buses to have chains on. The rest were stuck several stops back putting their chains on. Coworker who takes the 21 waited for much longer at the stop and it took him two hours to get home (35th & Morgan)…it’s pretty hectic out there. Get home safely! 

  • HD February 8, 2019 (3:50 pm)

    Left work at 1:00 to catch any bus to WS at Seneca. Every bus was packed. Walked to Pike with the same result. Walked to Virginia and after an hour, ended up on a 21. Transferred to a C at Avalon and walked home from Fauntleroy. Finally got home at 3:00. Yes the buses were packed but overall everyone was patient and kind. Thank you Metro for getting me home safely! 

  • _M_H February 8, 2019 (3:50 pm)

    I see “Route 21 Express is not serving Arbor Heights” on the Metro web site.  I guess route 22 won’t be “under-performing” today, Mr. Arkills.

  • Christina February 8, 2019 (3:56 pm)

    Just went down 35th from Avalon to Roxbury and then down Roxbury into White Center. 35th SB was snow-free. The center lane was accumulating snow and the NB lanes had a dusting in places. Trenton and Barton EB both had accumulated snow from what I could see. Roxbury’s center lane is accumulating snow, less than a quarter inch though, and both directions had a dusting of snow in places despite the traffic. It won’t be long until people need chains/traction tires!

  • Mary February 8, 2019 (3:56 pm)

    Argh- Seattle employers really bear part of the responsibility for this. Buses aren’t flying carpets. When snow hits and everyone bails from work at once it’s going to get rough. Local employers need to proactively direct employees to work from home, when and where that’s possible. Leave the streets clear for people who do jobs that can’t be done remotely. 

    • Sunuva February 8, 2019 (4:10 pm)

      I think employers need to step up a bit more as well. I think they need to step up to the level of closing business if it isn’t critical so that families can take care of their own business. We work too much. I have already this week used my available personal days to care for my child while schools were closed and next week looks like I’ll be forced to go negative on my available PTO.

      • Howard February 8, 2019 (4:49 pm)

        It’s way past time for another Seattle General Strike! 

        • BlairJ February 8, 2019 (6:03 pm)

          100 years ago this week.  February 6 – 11, 1919. 

  • Mj February 8, 2019 (3:59 pm)

    Wow a sighting of SDoT plow trucks, two of them working to clear Arterial streets.

  • JayDee February 8, 2019 (4:01 pm)

    CS: We can blame it on the buses that they encourage us to ride. I have an ORCA card but if it doesn’t matter for the last two days when they said “full service” but what they meant was no service and the roads were dry and clear. I lost two days of work because of this (M/T) before driving into work. Today the Metro map said all buses were on full service at 5:40 AM. What they didn’t say was: Full service unless you live in West Seattle. This is not an earthquake or a surprise. My buses were not running I had to get to work somehow (way earlier than normal at 6:00 AM). 

  • Iml February 8, 2019 (4:06 pm)

    Caught the 3:45 water taxi from pier 52 to Seacrest Park.  No line, plenty of room, and the shuttle is running.

    • Kristalis February 8, 2019 (6:02 pm)

      Ditto – caught an almost empty 5:25pm Water Taxi (thanks peeps for your service!), Water Taxi Shuttle arrived on time at 5:36pm (thank you!), now on a 50 (thank you!) to get to Admiral because shuttles are on snow route and are not traveling up California Way SW. Just wet conditions at Alki, dusting of snow in parts.

  • angelescrest February 8, 2019 (4:10 pm)

    I had no problem driving from the Central District home via 15th and Spokane.  The bridge was clear and easy.  The beautiful, thick snow is absent on Alki, however; sidewalks are clear, and there’s nothing accumulating in the yard.  Sniff sniff.

  • Westgirl February 8, 2019 (4:12 pm)

    Does anyone know if the C is making its way towards Westwood Village? 

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (4:29 pm)

    I saw that paddle boarder off Alki earlier, but they didn’t seem to be in distress at that point. I also saw a kayaker and a swimmer.  Hope everybody gets out of the water safe and sound; the visibility is very low.

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (4:38 pm)

      The responders never did find the paddleboarder; the report they were responding to came from the Coast Guard. Hope s/he is safely out of the water and warming up somewhere!

  • add February 8, 2019 (4:32 pm)

    So weird looking at traffic cameras along I-5 through downtown – hardly any cars on the road and they looks clear (no accumulated snow that I could see).  I think everyone tried to get out of Dodge earlier this afternoon!

  • Bus February 8, 2019 (4:33 pm)

    I left work at Seattle Center at 3pm, was home (using monorail and 120 bus to White Center) just before 4.  It sounds like everyone leaving the second the snow started to fall had a rough time, but it’s getting better (even as the roads get worse).  Hopefully that also explains Metro buses being so full right at noon; all those drivers on the road for one extra trip, then back to reduced loads after the initial swell seems like worse planning than just having a squeeze for a couple hours.  Please try to remember that Metro drivers have kids at home and dicey commutes, too.  And if you’re one of the cars or bikes on the road, remember that stopping a bus on a slippery road isn’t easy, so don’t crowd or cut off the buses, as eager as you may be to prove your leet snow skills (my bus was literally cut off three times on the way home).

  • 22blades February 8, 2019 (4:34 pm)

    Unplowed side streets are messy but will freeze tonight making them a hazard. Had to dodge a white BMW sedan at full tilt on the wrong side of the street to pass other cars. It’s not the snow that will kill, it’s the stupidity.

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (4:46 pm)

    I’m livid. Not only has the snow we had from earlier in the week melted, but we had NO accumulating snow, and NOW IT’S RAINING!!! I’ve been looking forward to the snow all week!! It’s just a regular winter day. What a rip off. I’m steaming in Seaview.

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (5:26 pm)

      We’ve watched 2 TV meteorologists so far in the past hour or so. The one I personally used to work with and trust thinks we’re mostly done for this round, more rounds to come. The other one thinks more “bursts” are likely between now and tomorrow. We’ll see who turns out to be accurate … TR

    • Lina February 8, 2019 (6:29 pm)

      Ha! I had that same feeling!  wtf, I am ready for snow and feel ripped off!  

  • Deb February 8, 2019 (4:48 pm)

    Has anyone taken the snow C shuttle between Alaska Junction and Westwood Village? Can you post a picture of it so we know what to look for? thanks- Also at 48th/Graham, the snow has stopped and the street is bare/wet. 

    • Deftones February 8, 2019 (5:43 pm)

      It’s a regular metro bus, non rapid ride and doesn’t have a number. Mine said VIa Alaska st on it I believe. 

  • aa February 8, 2019 (4:53 pm)

    If you are home, warm and safe for the night please consider how you might help others who are not.  These winter storms create added financial and supply needs for our shelters and organizations who are working hard and need our help. There are many websites that will provide an opportunity to donate- maybe union gospel mission, red cross, mary’s place.. King County info: https://www.resourcetalk.crisisconnections.org #grateful

  • Howard February 8, 2019 (4:53 pm)

    If anyone has info on Charleston or Genesee hill, please let me know, THX!

    • whatup February 8, 2019 (6:22 pm)


      • Howard February 8, 2019 (6:40 pm)

        For sledding reasons!

  • David February 8, 2019 (4:54 pm)

    3.5 inches in west seattle so far

  • Michelle February 8, 2019 (4:57 pm)

    People are driving way too fast for the conditions. Just because your vehicle has 4 wheel drive, doesn’t mean you are invincible.

    • ZM February 8, 2019 (6:46 pm)

      My car salesman promised me my 4 wheel drive was invincible.  Why would he lie?

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (4:57 pm)

    I know, Seaviu. I thought that might be the case because I, too, carry my groceries a box sometimes. However, I could see the bottle tops from the open boxes (I take me reporting duties seriously and use all my investigative techniques- ha ha).  Someone at my gym told me WS people were planning on having block party sledding festivities. Seaview is a total bust for snow in my neighborhood, though- we got nothing.  I’m so mad (read my earlier rant). I know, I know…. it’s early and be careful what you wish for, right?

  • Amy Thomson February 8, 2019 (5:14 pm)

    Just walked down our steep, narrow, unplowed street.  The snow is changing to sleet or freezing rain.  I kept slipping, just trying to walk.  When it freezes, it’s going to get very dangerous.  Don’t drive if you don’t have to!

  • mnw February 8, 2019 (5:45 pm)

    Not much of anything happening here in Morgan Junction. The rain melted any new accumulation that occurred earlier. Disappointed.

  • Lisa February 8, 2019 (5:55 pm)

    For those of you disappointed…according to Cliff Mass, there’s another event to come at 7pm…https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-snow-event-in-two-acts.html

  • Kristina February 8, 2019 (6:22 pm)

    I measured two inches at my home near the WS Nursery while it was still snowing, but it has not only stopped snowing but it’s pretty warm so everything is melting and I can hear it dripping off the trees as it disappears. This is not what I expected! Is West Seattle “escaping” the brunt of this storm? I have to admit to disappointment – I was excited for it! lol

  • Tanya February 8, 2019 (6:45 pm)

    It seems to be sticking in Highland Park. 

  • Gene February 8, 2019 (6:46 pm)

    On 39th & Morgan st- snowed nonstop from 12-5- have about 3 inches.

  • Howard February 8, 2019 (6:48 pm)

    It’s already melting! Never trust the weather!

  • WSB February 8, 2019 (7:32 pm)

    The comment function on this story has closed itself – so I guess that means it’s time to start the evening update! Stand by …

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