TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Snowy Monday getting-around updates

6:12 AM: Good morning. For everyone who has to head out on this post-snowstorm morning – first, we have links:

-City map of plowed routes, here
-City map of traffic cams, here
-Our page with West Seattle-relevant cams, here
-County map of traffic cams (choose “south” tab for White Center), here
Metro buses are running Emergency Snow Network service reductions (continuing Tuesday)
West Seattle Water Taxi (update) IS NOT running this morning (the shuttle routes are canceled too) – UPDATE, resumed 11:30 am
Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state ferry route on regular two-boat service


Upper teens right now. Today’s forecast – partly sunny, 20s.

More to come … If you’re headed out this morning, consider letting us know how your drive/ride went, once you get to where you’re going.

6:45 AM: Just announced – the West Seattle Water Taxi is canceled for the rest of this morning – we’ve updated the list above, “High winds and conditions at the Seacrest dock” are cited. The shuttles (Routes 773 and 775) are also canceled.

7:29 AM: We’re continuing to monitor but still no problems reported on the peninsula or nearby outbound routes. We do have one report of a downed tree across a path east of High Point, from Jethro:

This is “facing south on the paved path between the intersection of 28th and Myrtle and the stairs down to Sylvan Way. It’s a very large cottonwood that fell out of the church property to the west.” Also, Jethro adds, “We just sampled some driving and it’s not bad; Holden is covered in compact snow but quite grippy.

8:17 AM: Still uneventful out there.

11:58 AM: One more transportation note – West Seattle Water Taxi service has resumed.

3:13 PM: From a bus rider: “Tthe outbound C line is not serving Columbia and Western – it’s keeping going down 3rd instead, just let a bunch of people waiting at the stop know. It’s not very clear on Metro’s website. In fact the service advisory says ‘Regular route to WB SW Avalon Way & 35 Av SW,’ which is not correct.”

ADDED MONDAY EVENING: Metro says it’ll stay with the Emergency Snow Network routes/schedule for Tuesday, too.

23 Replies to "TRAFFIC, TRANSIT: Snowy Monday getting-around updates"

  • drM December 27, 2021 (6:40 am)

    City map of plowed routes is down.

    • WSB December 27, 2021 (6:50 am)

      You might have hit a brief glitch – I just checked and it was working – TR

      • drM December 27, 2021 (8:36 am)


  • Denden December 27, 2021 (7:03 am)

    I just came from the twin water towers south on 35th, down Roxbury,  over the 1st ave bridge, thru the 99 tunnel to the Space Needle. 25min, AOK. LIGHT traffic roads were all sanded.

    • WSB December 27, 2021 (7:05 am)

      Thank you!

    • Kera December 27, 2021 (7:23 am)

      Thank you for letting me know as I am planning to go to office in  Issaquah.  How’s Olson downhill?  just wonder… thanks again!  

    • Hate Ice December 27, 2021 (7:24 am)

      Do you have 4WD?

  • Lola December 27, 2021 (7:57 am)

    Left at 6:30 my husband drove me.  We took Alki to West Marginal over the 1st So. Bridge into Georgetown.  Yes light traffic and everything plowed.  Alki was down to pavement and W Marginal was plowed just not down to pavement.  Just take it slow and leave plenty of room between you and the next car. 

  • lk December 27, 2021 (8:22 am)

    Headed into work going south down Delridge, up Sylvan Way, north on 35th and into Alaska/Fauntleroy junction. No problems in a minivan. It’s very quiet out there.

  • M December 27, 2021 (8:40 am)

    Just took the C line to SLU. Safe and Uneventful!

  • Ann A December 27, 2021 (8:52 am)

      Spectacular photo!The light / composition beautiful.

  • AlexC December 27, 2021 (8:55 am)

    Caught the C line at Westwood Village. Not sure how often it’s running as I got there right as one was leaving. It was normal route until we got to the Junction at which point it skipped two stops. After the junction stop it turned at Fauntleroy and skipped the Fauntleroy/Alaska stop and the 35th/Avalon stop and then normal the rest of the way to downtown. Once downtown it rerouted a few stops as well,  skipping Western Ave stop turning onto Jackson instead. Overall it wasn’t running much slower than a usual commute but I don’t know how often it’s running and if one of the skipped stops is yours than there could be some extra walking involved.

  • reed December 27, 2021 (9:08 am)

    Put the snow/ice tires one of my mountain bikes yesterday, rode into the office this morning without issue!

  • J December 27, 2021 (9:27 am)

    Anybody come up Avalon or the highland park wy hill? Trying to map out my route for getting back into west seattle from downtown. I have front wheel drive but I’m just worried about getting stuck on a hill.

  • G December 27, 2021 (9:46 am)

    Currently 0944 waiting for bus at bottom of Avalon. Cars seem to be having no trouble and street bare and wet. 

  • Derek December 27, 2021 (9:47 am)

    Does Metro’s “Emergency Snow Network” mean only those emergency network routes are operating? The information on the website is not explicit. 

  • LyndaB December 27, 2021 (10:12 am)

    Went to UW-Montlake via 35th to Avalon to Marginal Way to 1st Ave Bridge and took 4th Ave to the CD lanes to I-5.  UW along the medical center is good.  This was 630 am.  Arrived at 7:30.  A little cautious I was.  Roads were plowed and sanded.  Looked at cameras for Highland Park around that time.  Had cars coming up the hill so I think people are using it.  I didn’t want to try.  Nice that few cars were out.

  • WS Res December 27, 2021 (11:30 am)

    Drove down to Burien via 35th, Roxbury, then 16th to try again for a COVID test at Kaiser. 16th wasn’t plowed in the unincorporated area but otherwise it was mostly OK. Took about 75-90 minutes to get through the line.  Not a single fast food place with a drive-thru open other than maybe one Jack-in-the-Box though? We finally scored coffee after the fact thanks to Lula’s in the Junction!

  • Tracyr December 27, 2021 (11:44 am)

    Has anyone use a taxi or Lift to/from the airport?

  • Flo B December 27, 2021 (1:02 pm)

    Tracyr. Last time to airport used Yellow Cab. Price is about the same as ride share.  

  • jj December 27, 2021 (2:56 pm)

    Has anyone made a trip from ws to seatac? How was it?

  • Dan December 29, 2021 (4:30 am)

    Does anyone know if S. Columbian way is open to traffic from Rainier to the VA hospital?

  • Hannah December 29, 2021 (8:41 am)

    Trying to get from pigeon point to Sodo…. Is the bus stop at Chelan Ave& Spokane St. operating?? Or are busses just passing right by it?

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