WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Friday night updates, Saturday previews, power outage…

9:02 PM: Launching the Friday mid-evening updates, with Saturday previews:

(Photo contributed by Andy)

LATEST FORECAST/ALERTS: National Weather Service‘s Seattle site
METRO UPDATES: Here’s the winter-weather page
METRO ‘EMERGENCY SNOW NETWORK’: Service reduced to these routes as of 4 am Sat.
SOUND TRANSIT ALERTS: See left side of this page
SDOT WINTER-RESPONSE MAP: Here’s where SDOT has treated/plowed.
TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Our compilation of local cameras.
SDOT CITYWIDE CAMS ETC. PAGE: Year-round “travelers” map with cams/more.
SEATTLE PARKS & RECREATION: Saturday plan here
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Watch for Saturday plan.
BUSINESS NOTES: Open, closed, changed – adding as received
CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS/NON-BIZ CLOSURES: Here’s the list so far

The snow has resumed. Updates ahead.

9:36 PM: Cass just sent the photo of a stuck bus on westbound Roxbury at 35th:

Since the photo, Cass reports, a second bus has gotten stuck by that one. … Again, as mentioned in the afternoon coverage and linked above, Metro plans to reduce service to its Emergency Snow Network as of 4 am. Meantime, SDOT is out on the roads – we just photographed this plow truck here in Upper Fauntleroy:

We have also just finished the first take of the cancellations/postponements/non-business closures list – any additions to that, or business notes for tomorrow, 206-293-6302 or westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you.

10:53 PM: Now’s the time when you REALLY don’t want to be out driving. Via scanner, we’re hearing police planning to block the 35th SW hill in the SW Edmunds vicinity. “It’s pretty bad,” one officer warned.

11:05 PM: Also from the scanner, tree trouble at 46th/Holgate. … The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning is still in effect through 4 pm Saturday, and in a late-night update, the NWS says the heaviest snowfall is overnight tonight, after midnight.

11:33 PM: Bus stuck at Delridge/Kenyon per scanner. Even arterials are getting snowed over – below are two framegrabs of cameras you can check “live” on our cams page:

11:59 PM: Kevin tweeted photos of the scene near 35th and Alaska:

12:12 AM: Continuing to update the two info pages linked in the list above – business info (who’s open, who’s not) and other (non-business) cancellations/postponements/etc.

12:50 AM: Especially for those who are sleeping through all this new snow and won’t see this until morning – Benjamin Evans says it is quiet on 8th SW:

Tamsen Spengler sent the next photo, saying Morgan Junction now has a half-foot:

Still snowing!

1:20 AM: Thanks for the messages – we only flickered here but that meant somebody was losing power somewhere, and we’re hearing from Highland Park for starters.

1:29 AM: Now mapped. 3,428 homes/businesses. (Update) Added a screengrab from the outage map. Cause still under investigation but multiple people report seeing flashes, which usually means a transformer/wire type problem. Also a reminder – though a restoration estimate of 3:50 am is currently mentioned, could be sooner, could be later, that’s really only a guess.

4:36 AM: Back on as of minutes ago.

8:10 AM: Saturday coverage is launched here.

57 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Friday night updates, Saturday previews, power outage..."

  • quinkygirl February 8, 2019 (9:09 pm)

    I just made it pretty easily to Gatewood from Burien. It was coming down pretty hard though!

  • JayDee February 8, 2019 (9:19 pm)

    The second act should be coming according to Cliff Mass:https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-snow-event-in-two-acts.html

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (9:25 pm)

      And Walter Kelley, the TV meteorologist (and former colleague) I trust most. Snowing fairly well up here again, in fact. And a snowplow sighting too!

      • KM February 9, 2019 (8:10 am)

        Love Walter! He’s my go to as well.

    • Nancy-Mom February 9, 2019 (12:43 am)

      Yes,  Cliff Mass is a climatologist (sp?) His observations are scientific and clear. He doesn’t have to limit his informing us to 3 minutes on a TV newscast w commercials.

      • KT February 9, 2019 (1:08 am)

        Love CM. 

  • KC February 8, 2019 (10:10 pm)

    Just walked to 35th and Rose where two street lights are flickering — there’s a sunken power or cable TV line, not touching the ground, but laying across a hedgerow on the NW corner. Power seems to be on at nearby houses and traffic is not obstructed. Unsure if that’s a 911-worthy call or not. 

    • Fred February 8, 2019 (10:41 pm)

      If not, the non-emergency number is great for this…

  • Cass February 8, 2019 (10:27 pm)

    Now there are three 21s stuck on Roxbury near 35th, one in each lane.  There’s also a C line shuttle and another bus, I think also a 21 waiting further down the hill.  A plow came, but has turned around and left.

  • Toni Reineke February 8, 2019 (10:28 pm)

    What a gorgeous photo! Thank you, Andy!

    • Andy February 9, 2019 (5:02 pm)

      Thank you, Toni!

  • quinkygirl February 8, 2019 (10:39 pm)

    The whiskey is fine at whiskey west. 

    • Rick February 9, 2019 (8:09 am)

      But it’s affordable at my house 1 block away!

  • T.D. February 8, 2019 (10:58 pm)

    There are two buses stuck at 35th and Alaska.

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (11:13 pm)

      That’s where SPD is closing the hill. But apparently Metro may not have the word yet to stop sending buses that way.

    • TD February 8, 2019 (11:19 pm)

      Here’s the bus.

    • Shawn February 8, 2019 (11:47 pm)

      There are 3 northbound busses stuck on 35th by Camp Long as well

      • Shawn February 8, 2019 (11:54 pm)

        5, 21, and (2) 128s

  • Ernie Escobedo February 8, 2019 (11:11 pm)

    Here’s our Snowmageddon contribution from North Admiral. Ernie and Karni

    • DM February 8, 2019 (11:46 pm)

      Thank you for the laugh!

    • m February 8, 2019 (11:46 pm)

      Love it!

    • HS February 9, 2019 (6:56 am)

      Haha! That’s great!!

    • Mark February 9, 2019 (5:04 pm)

      Love it

  • Kate February 8, 2019 (11:23 pm)

    35th & Roxbury is closed. Two busses are stuck, one in each direction. 

  • Cindi February 8, 2019 (11:41 pm)

    Wow, 11:30 at night, snow covering that road,  and I just saw a 128 bus going down Morgan Hill. Amazing

  • MF February 8, 2019 (11:47 pm)

    Just watched someone walk outside to bring hot coffee to a bus driver that was stuck. Love West Seattle! 

    • Avril February 8, 2019 (11:54 pm)

      How thoughtful! That’s why we love it here! 

  • Avril February 8, 2019 (11:49 pm)

    Awesome! I wish I could share this pic w friends! Really love it!! Thx for sharing!

    • WSB February 8, 2019 (11:59 pm)

      You can easily send your friends a link to the story and they can see the comment (use the SHARE THIS link, email is one of the options)….

  • carole February 9, 2019 (12:30 am)

    California north of Charleston is covered in snow.  And people are driving too fast, especially pick up trucks.  Just saw a big delivery truck – a semi- SB starting a right hand turn at Charleston; Meeples bldg blocked further view. I hope he’s going to 7-11 and not down that hill.

  • Katie February 9, 2019 (1:01 am)

    Sorry for sideways pic. Not sure, but looks like SEA is still getting people in… Could be cargo, but watching the line up.

  • James Frank Walker February 9, 2019 (1:16 am)

    It’s not a proper storm until we blow a transformer in Highland Park. It’s on!

    • WSB February 9, 2019 (1:19 am)

      Flickered here, which meant SOMEBODY was losing power … and now the first text … The branches are so laden now, I’m surprised it’s taken this long.

      • Anna February 9, 2019 (1:25 am)

        We lost ours at 1:13 in Highland Park. 

      • Rob February 9, 2019 (1:28 am)

        Out at 8th and 102nd in White Center. Power across the street, but not here. Sleep tight.

  • Churchlady February 9, 2019 (1:26 am)

    Our power is out! Im in White Center near Holy Family Church on Roxbury

  • Heef February 9, 2019 (1:27 am)

    No power.9th and Kenyon.

  • John from Vashon February 9, 2019 (3:39 am)

    Entire island of Vashon is out!  Fortunately the generator kicked in.  Wild times indeed!

  • JayDee February 9, 2019 (3:56 am)

    I’ve lived here for 22 years and this matches if not exceeds that. At least 6-8 inches in Upper Alki.  Thank you West Seattle Blog.

  • Mario February 9, 2019 (4:22 am)

    Power out at 26th Ave and Roxbury 

  • Joann February 9, 2019 (4:23 am)

    Power just came back on 9th Ave SW in Highland Park. 

  • Mario February 9, 2019 (4:24 am)

    Power restored at 26th Ave and Roxbury 

  • Donna February 9, 2019 (5:09 am)

    6 1/2 inches at 49th and Dawson.  Will need to shovel an area in the yard for the benefit of the dogs as it’s up to the belly of my smallest one and that doesn’t work well when the call of nature strikes. 

  • DJ February 9, 2019 (5:26 am)

    Looks like maybe 9-10 inches here in Westwood!

  • Frodo February 9, 2019 (5:33 am)

    Power restored at 18th and Myrtle

  • Petert February 9, 2019 (6:01 am)

    About 6-7 inches in the 5900 block of Beach Drive. Quiet and calm. For now…

  • HP neighbor February 9, 2019 (6:13 am)

    I didn’t measure but its gotta to be close to 8″ in highland park. 

  • Karen February 9, 2019 (6:31 am)

    Thank you for all you do, Tracy and team.

  • Steveon35th February 9, 2019 (6:38 am)

    Front yard at 0600  still snowing

  • Born in West Seattle February 9, 2019 (6:44 am)

    Benjamin Evans – thanks for that pic! I believe that you’re at my grandma’s old house. She lived there for over 30+ years and I have very fond memories of that house. That fence was put in a little before she sold the house and I always wondered who ended up buying it. I always drive by with a smile! Take care and stay warm!

    • just wondering February 9, 2019 (8:21 am)

      If I were a teacher I would have my students write a short story about who lives in “the house with the snow on the gate”!

  • Clairee February 9, 2019 (6:50 am)

    momentary pause in the snowfall about 4:30am…  soo pretty!

  • Chris February 9, 2019 (6:55 am)

    A friend living by Ferry Ave tells us the road closure sign is gone.   Trying to figure out how to report for people’s safety.  People were sledding on street late last night.  

    • just wondering February 9, 2019 (8:50 am)

      We are near the “Charlestown Hill”.  One year those who go sledding down the hill set the wood “snow closure” sign on fire for warmth.  Maybe check for ashes?

  • Matt February 9, 2019 (7:42 am)

    Good Morning Gatewood!

  • WSB February 9, 2019 (8:18 am)

    Saturday morning coverage has started here. Thanks to everyone who’s sent pics and info already!

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