West Seattle, Washington
11:23 PM: Even with SDOT crews out on the arterials, be aware that Tuesday morning’s danger is going to be in getting to those de-iced (etc.) streets. Shown above is a non-arterial street up here (east of Lincoln Park, ~300 elevation) that had a slick coating of light snow by late evening, and the temperature’s below freezing, so untreated streets/sidewalks will be like this. Meantime, the National Weather Service has extended its Winter Weather Advisory alert again, this time until 7 am. It warns of the possibility of “additional snow accumulations of up to two inches.”
That temporary signage is up outside what was the CityMD urgent-care clinic at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW). When it opened a little over two years ago, the clinic signage described New York-founded CityMD as “a partner of CHI Franciscan,” but now the CityMD name has vanished and the clinic is operating solely under Franciscan’s name. We hadn’t heard until a patient tipped us about concerns raised by a recent visit, including staff changes and a lack of phone and printer. Subsequently checking to see if the company had announced any recent changes, we discovered this (Tacoma) News-Tribune story reporting CityMD’s departure from the metro area, as well as its merger last August with a much-larger health-care entity. With another Franciscan clinic barely a block away, we asked the organization if they intend to keep this one open. Through a spokesperson, we received this reply attributed to communications/government affairs vice president Cary Evans: “Our West Seattle urgent care location continues to provide high-quality, convenient urgent care services to the community. The location now operates as Franciscan Urgent Care as we align and unify our services.” The change comes just months after another urgent-care chain expanded into the Junction/Triangle area – ZOOM+care opened last year at 4012 SW Alaska.
7:54 PM: Thanks to Keri for the tip. The Vashon Island School District is the first in our area to announce a planned change for tomorrow, a 2.5-hour late start. If any other districts or individual students make announcements tonight, we’ll add them to this story; otherwise, we’ll start publishing early-morniing coverage at 4 am again tomorrow (which is when Seattle Public Schools plans to again make its decision).
9:01 PM: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) has announced it will start at 10 am Tuesday; anything scheduled for an earlier start is canceled.
Thanks to all the schools that notified us directly today – best way to do that is voice or text, 206-293-6302.
ADDED EARLY TUESDAY: We will not be updating this any longer – the new list is here.
With intermittent snow showers expected to continue this evening, and temperatures dropping into the 20s, transportation could be affected tonight and tomorrow in a variety of ways. Slick/icy roads, for one, and transit, for another. Metro‘s latest updates (see them all here) include this reminder that your route might be affected even in a non-snowy area:
As roadway conditions vary throughout the county, some riders may find that their route is on snow route or delayed despite a visual absence of snow. Some Metro routes are connected and operate in a loop across the region, spanning areas with no snow and areas with much snow. For example, Route 5, which starts in Shoreline and today traveled through snow, connects to Route 21, which extends to West Seattle, an area that didn’t see much snow. Other routes contain hills or icy road conditions, challenges that aren’t apparent to all bus stops on the route but may result in delays to the entire route.
With no official city “warming center” in West Seattle so far, despite this week’s below-normal temperatures, American Legion Post 160 has stepped up to fill a void. Says Post 160 commander Keith Hughes, “We don’t have cots, blankets, or pillows, but we have a warm, dry building with restroom and coffee. We will stay open 24 hours if the need is here.”
Post 160 is at 3618 SW Alaska in The Triangle (here’s a map). They want to circulate the word as widely as possible, so: “Please ask your churches and other social organization to post a notice on their doors. If you see people on benches, in doorways, etc. please stop and tell them we are open for them.”
City Council president Lorena González and husband Cameron Williams have added a new member to their West Seattle Junction household: Nadia Luciana González-Williams, born Friday at Swedish-First Hill. Both are “healthy and healing well,” according to the announcement published on the city website. The announcement points out that, among her other firsts, González is also “the first to serve as both Council President and a parent to a newborn.” She holds citywide Position 9 and plans to be on leave for 12 weeks.
(Photo via seattle.gov)
11:59 AM: The National Weather Service‘s Winter Weather Advisory alert for our area, originally expiring at 8 am, is extended until 10 tonight. The NWS says you’re likely to see more snow showers, with “additional light accumulations of less than one inch.”
1:23 PM: We’re in the middle of a relatively long-running snow shower right now.
4:22 PM: As showers continue, the advisory has been extended until midnight.
Tuesday night, you’re invited to the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s next meeting. The announcement (which you might already have seen in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar):
The Admiral Neighborhood Association’s next meeting is coming up on Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30-8:30pm.
Location: Admiral Congregational UCC, 4320 SW Hill St.
At this month’s meeting:
1. 2020 Census Information and Recruitment; and
2. Admiral Neighborhood 2019 Survey Results.
Come and meet your neighbors and discuss issues and events in our area!
Though the Admiral area saw snow overnight, car prowlers didn’t seem to care. We have two reader reports from that area:
MULTIPLE CARS PROWLED: A texter reports, “There was a string of car prowls on 41st Ave SW, just south of the high school early this am. Several locks were hollowed out.”
SUNGLASSES STOLEN: From Rachael – “My husband;s car was rifled through last night. We live on Ferry Avenue a few doors down from the fire station in North Admiral. He apparently left it unlocked and the only thing they stole was his prescription sunglasses.”
(MONDAY SCHOOL INFO: Changes are ALL LISTED HERE)
5 AM: The few hours of snowfall we got overnight was heaviest in Alki/Admiral (as shown here); further south, some (like here in Upper Fauntleroy) got just a dusting. So effects vary widely. Here are our infolinks:
SCHOOL CHANGES: Listed here, including Seattle Public Schools‘ 2-hour delay
METRO CHANGES: None in our area right now, but here’s the systemwide list
SDOT WINTER WEATHER MAP: See treated/plowed streets here
SDOT TRAVELERS’ MAP: The map we regularly feature
OUR TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Cameras particularly relevant to WS and vicinity
FORECAST INFO: National Weather Service topline – advisory until 8 am
Got info? Text/call 206-293-6302. More updates throughout the morning.
7:07 AM: The forecast warned more showers are possible – and we’re seeing one right now.
7:51 AM: That’s over. Thanks to everyone sharing commute stories in comments – though much of our area is mostly unaffected, there are spillover effects from snowfall elsewhere. And though the current advisory is about to expire, the temperatures have dropped and are expected to stay cold all week.
11:50 AM: The Winter Weather Advisory alert has been extended until 10 tonight, with intermittent snow showers expected to continue.
4:24 AM: Also 2 hours delayed: Fauntleroy Children’s Center.
5:09 AM: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) will start at 10 am (anything scheduled to start sooner is canceled).
ADDED: Holy Rosary, 2 hours late, no AM preschool, no AM BASE
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2 hours late, no zero-period Spanish or AM EDC
Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), 10 am start
Holy Family, 2-hour delay; school starts @ 10, BASS @ 9
Seattle Lutheran High School, 10:45 am start
Hope Lutheran, 2-hour delay, no AM extended care or morning-only preschool
Cometa Playschool, classes start 9 am
Community School of West Seattle, 11 am start, no half-day preschool
Summit Atlas – 2-hour delay
Westside School (WSB sponsor) – REGULAR SCHEDULE
Outside WS – Seattle University is starting at 10:30 am
University of Washington (Seattle) is starting at 9:30 am
Other changes? Call/text us – 206-293-6302