WEATHER/TRANSIT/TRAFFIC/MORE: Tuesday morning West Seattle info


5:35 AM: Good morning. A bit more snow overnight – the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory and has a new alert starting tonight for even more possible. Here are our infolinks:

SCHOOL CHANGES: Listed here, including Seattle Public Schools‘ 2-hour delay
METRO CHANGES: None in our area so far, but here’s the systemwide list
SDOT WINTER WEATHER MAP: See treated/plowed streets here
SDOT TRAVELERS’ MAP: The map we regularly feature with cameras, alerts
OUR TRAFFIC CAMS PAGE: Cameras particularly relevant to WS and vicinity
FORECAST INFO: National Weather Service topline – advisory until 10 am, new alert for tonight
WARMING CENTER: In West Seattle, go to American Legion Post 160

Got info? Text/call 206-293-6302. More updates throughout the morning.

5:42 AM: Just dispatched, car stuck with dead battery on Admiral onramp to eastbound West Seattle Bridge.

6:12 AM: SDOT reports a stalled vehicle on the Delridge onramp to EB bridge. Also note, we’re continuing to add school delays and other changes at the link in our list – 15 schools/districts on the list now.

6:27 AM: Neighborcare Health‘s High Point clinic is opening late today, 10 am. If and when we get more than a few non-school delays during inclement weather, we’ll start a separate list, but for now, we’ll mention in-stream like this.

6:45 AM: Just dispatched – stalled vehicle at High Point Drive and Juneau. … If you use Recology (which has some business customers around here, we believe), note that they’re expecting service delays today around King County.

6:55 AM: One of the schools on our list has just had a big change in plan – big enough we’re mentioning it here too – Kennedy Catholic HS (in Burien, but with more than a few students from West Seattle) is now CLOSED for the day.

7:27 PM: Via Twitter, Emma mentions that the 21X in Arbor Heights seems to be off-schedule. If you missed this story Monday, Metro’s reminders and updates noted that some routes – like that one – are affected by conditions elsewhere in th city.

7:47 AM: Another major school change to the south … Highline Public Schools (White Center and points south) are now CLOSED for the day, so we’ve updated our list again.

8:07 AM: Just in – SPU texted to say that some West Seattle (and other) areas with Tuesday pickup will be delayed a day. The text points to the SPU website, which says:

Unsafe, icy roads are impacting residential garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection today in specific areas. SPU contractors will run partial residential solid waste routes today, servicing residential areas where street conditions provide safe access. Most business and multifamily routes are running on normal schedule today.

Scheduled Tuesday residential customers in the Fauntleroy and Delridge areas in SW Seattle and Ballard area in NW Seattle will not be serviced today due to icy and unsafe streets. Other potentially impacted areas may also include some steep blocks in Queen Anne, Magnolia, Maple Leaf and Wedgewood areas. Customers not serviced today will be delayed until tomorrow, Wednesday, to provide safe access

And of course, that too COULD be iffy – IF the potential additional snow arrives.

8:38 AM: Police are being dispatched to a report of a driver hitting a mother and child at 41st/Admiral. No serious injury reported.

8:43 AM: If you haven’t been out yet, our photo is a reminder of the difference between side streets (not plowed or de-iced) and arterials:

9:16 AM: The mayor and various city-department reps are having another briefing this morning, at 10:15 am. We’re told Seattle Channel will stream it.

9:58 AM: Crash reported in the 2900 block of SW Avalon Way; police are headed there.

2:51 PM NOTE: We’re posting major updates separately this afternoon – awaiting the next forecast update; we’ve already published cancellation announcement for this afternoon/evening from Seattle Parks and Seattle Public Schools.

19 Replies to "WEATHER/TRANSIT/TRAFFIC/MORE: Tuesday morning West Seattle info"

  • Snake Hill Resident January 14, 2020 (7:17 am)

    In regard to the stalled vehicle at Highpoint Drive and Juneau:  Due to all of the construction and closures on 35th there has been a huge increase in  traffic cutting over using Juneau and 30th to get to Delridge. 30th is not a good option when there is ice and snow.  The hill is way to steep. For those that use that as an alternative I encourage you to find a more suitable  route!

    • WSB January 14, 2020 (7:26 am)

      Sounds like that stall might in fact now be leading to a road closure – and so it begins.

    • Another Snake Hiller January 14, 2020 (9:58 am)

      It looks like the stalled vehicle was going down the hill, tried to turn around and hit an icy patch.  Cops came out and closed the road but that hasn’t stopped everyone from finding a better route.  I’d recommend going to Morgan->Sylvan Way->Delridge.

  • TM January 14, 2020 (7:39 am)

    Main streets and roads clear and in good shape. Drove California from Thistle, to bridge, to 99 to Fisherman’s terminal. Not a lot of cars on road, commute 10 mins quicker than usual. Side streets not treated

  • JTinWS January 14, 2020 (7:45 am)

    The 7:30 edition of the 57 ghosted, with no cancellation text from Metro. That last chance 8:00am run will be packed if it shows up. Hope it does!

    • newnative January 14, 2020 (8:42 am)

      I am only getting generic metro alerts and I’ve been wondering why I’m not getting route cancellation alerts. I think we’ve been unsubscribed. My coworker lives in Des Moines and states she hasn’t received any metro alerts for her routes either. The past few days I have received prompts to subscribe to metro alerts but I ignored them as I have been signed up for all of the commuter routes out of Admiral district. BTW, I got on a 57 around 7:15 and it was one of the smoothest (quick) rides I had in a long time. Easy commute today. 

    • Eric January 14, 2020 (9:28 am)

      @JTINWS, I texted my stop (15100 – Olga and Admiral) to Metro (62550) at 6:15am, and it alearted me that your 57 run that didn’t run was already cancelled.  Seems to be good current information via text.

      • WSB January 14, 2020 (9:52 am)

        That’s great for individual riders but if they’ve dropped the practice of wider notifications, that aces out any big-picture report (like ours) unless there is some other way (database?) that info is accessible … We are signed up for all the local routes’ alerts but no specific ones came in this morning.

  • PNWKid January 14, 2020 (7:47 am)

    Just wanted to give a Roxhill shoutout to an amazing neighbor!  As I slowly trudged up Roxbury to 35th to catch my bus (very) early this morning a neighbor slowed down in his car (on a hill) and rolled down his window to ask if I was okay.  I am currently using a cane (bum hip) so I’m sure, with the slick roads and sidewalks, it looked a bit tricky.  I just want to let him know that he made my day by taking those few seconds to check in on a neighbor.  His Mum did an incredible job!  :) It’s so nice to know that our neighbors are still looking out for each other!  A huge thank you to whomever you are!  I’m going to pass it on!And remember, that is all it takes to make someones day.  A few seconds.

    • WSB January 14, 2020 (7:56 am)

      Very glad to hear that!

    • KM January 14, 2020 (9:30 am)

      That’s lovely!

  • East Coast Cynic January 14, 2020 (8:11 am)

    Re Emma’s observation on the 21X appearing to be off schedule, I noticed that the 21X that normally shows up at Morgan and 35th around 7:17am -7:20am was a no show.  I suspect that for the no show buses, you may have some dilemmas where the drivers live outside the city, or the county for that matter, and are having trouble commuting to work due to larger snowfall in the outlying areas.

  • ktrapp January 14, 2020 (8:35 am)

    It’s a bit funny that the normal 21 was used as an example yesterday as a bus that could be delayed due to coming in from a different area (starting as the 5), yet it always seems like it’s the express that is a no-show or delayed.  I was fortunate that mine was only 8 minutes delayed this morning, but the one that typically runs through downtown at 4:30 pm is almost always a 50/50 shot at not even showing up (as it didn’t yesterday).

    • zark00 January 14, 2020 (2:21 pm)

      The regular 21 is a complete crap shoot as well.  Sometimes it just doesn’t show up at all, and, it is always late – always.  I have been riding the 21 for over 10 years, it’s been on time like maybe a dozen times in the past decade.

  • West Seattle Hipster January 14, 2020 (9:04 am)

    Looks like the much hyped “snowmageddon” has passed.  Thanks to SDOT for doing a great job of clearing the roads I needed to get to work.

    • WSB January 14, 2020 (9:11 am)

      (a) Thank you for using the proper spelling. Even The Times has fallen into the sadly common misspelling:

      (b) May not have passed – we’ll see what tonight’s “Winter Storm Watch” brings. (Or doesn’t.)

    • Gene January 14, 2020 (10:20 am)

      Don’t be so quick to dismiss that possibility.

      • newnative January 14, 2020 (11:49 am)

        Snowmageddon is not only a reference to how much snow falls but to the amount of traffic resulting from people freaking out and leaving all at once. Being caught unaware, sidewalks being impassable, businesses sending their employees home, buses getting stuck/cancelled due to lack of chains or awareness. I’m betting that worst case scenario now would be heavier snow would result in fewer buses running and side streets being dicey, not the entire city shutting down like last year. 

  • Lola January 14, 2020 (11:59 am)

    I had a great ride into work at 7 am. Everyone kept their distance and drove slow so as not to cause a crash.  It seems like we have an extension to the Christmas Break as hardly anybody on the roads as well.  Thank you WSB for all your info. 

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