WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Thursday morning traffic/transit/weather updates

(Current image from SDOT camera at 5-way)

5:26 AM: Good morning. The snow (re)started just after 9 pm and is still falling. We start with info links:

-City map of plowed/treated/closed roads, 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 continues Emergency Snow Network reduced service
West Seattle Water Taxi is running (with Spirit of Kingston)

-Just below freezing right now. The Winter Weather Advisory is now only in effect through 2 pm

Tips/pics to westseattleblog@gmail.com or 206-293-6302 – thank you!

(Current image from SDOT camera at Holden/Highland Park Way)

6:17 AM: Still quiet on the streets.

6:43 AM: The snowfall has stopped, for now.

7:18 AM: As pointed out in comments, the SDOT real-time “winter response” map is currently blank. We’re checking to see if they’re working on it.

7:51 AM: No reply yet. But a check of cameras around the peninsula shows arterials have been addressed. Meantime, light snow has resumed.

8:07 AM: We’re assembling a closures/changes list again today, planning to publish around 9 am (with updates throughout the day as info comes in), First major new closure just in – the West Seattle YMCA.

8:22 AM: Reader photo just in:

Texter reports, “Here’s a pic of Cali Ave looking south at College near Admiral Junction. Taken at 8 am. Mostly slushy with pavement visible.”

8:50 AM: Another photo, this one sent by Sandy and Vanessa:

The Olympics’ peaks made a brief appearance, glowing pink, before clouds moved back in.

8:58 AM: The SDOT real-time map is now working, but slow to load (wait a moment or two), Paul texted to point out. Its road-closure info is suspect, though – for example, it shows SW Alaska east of California as closed, but the cameras for that stretch clearly show it open. (P.S. For non-road matters, we’ve launched today’s closures/changes page.)

19 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW: Thursday morning traffic/transit/weather updates"

  • pdx77 December 30, 2021 (6:12 am)

    Sound Transit’s Route 560 is not running between Westwood Village and the Burien Transit Center.  

    • WSB December 30, 2021 (6:20 am)

      Thank you, will add ST to the list.

    • Vanessa Bechtle December 30, 2021 (6:33 am)

      Hopefully not the one goes up delridge

      • pdx77 December 30, 2021 (6:54 am)

        The 560 travels on Ambaum.   The route 120 is the one that continues north on Delridge and that route is running, just behind schedule. 

  • Jeepney December 30, 2021 (6:14 am)

    This morning’s snowfall was quite heavy.  Commute to Auburn was no fun, once I was out of WS the roads were covered in snow.  Driving up Southcenter hill almost spun out a few times.  Saw quite a few single car accidents in Kent and Auburn.  Despite the conditions, I still see quite a few drivers going faster than the weather allows.  Stay home if you can.

  • west_seattle_steve December 30, 2021 (7:05 am)

    The city map of plowed streets is blank. Same link as yesterday, so I think the problem is on the city’s side. The traffic cam on Admiral shows it is clear.

    • WSB December 30, 2021 (7:13 am)

      We’ll ask if they’re working on it.

  • Rob December 30, 2021 (7:19 am)

    It seems  to be a light rain here in arbor heights snow  has turned  to kind of a slushy 

  • Mojo December 30, 2021 (7:21 am)

    The water taxi is running, using the Kingston

  • Lorrie December 30, 2021 (7:23 am)

    The city map of treated streets is working for me.  It shows Alaska closed between Calif and Fauntleroy?  Anyone know if that is true?

  • Kalo December 30, 2021 (8:05 am)

    It appears the 775 water taxi shuttle isn’t running down Admiral Way. It’s been leaving Seacrest Park and driving down Alki Ave and circling back.

  • Barb December 30, 2021 (8:08 am)

    I need to pick someone at at the airport around 10:30 am. Anyone have news on roads from Alki to SEA?

    • T December 30, 2021 (8:32 am)

      I drove 509/518 from highland park to I-5 around 630-7. One lane mostly clear, the rest was still pretty snowy. Multiple spun out cars. I took it slow and was able to navigate around them with regular tires and minimal slipping. Go slow. 

    • Michell December 30, 2021 (8:41 am)

      Went to airport from Luna Park area down west marginal and highway 509 about 7:00am. Went slowly in a Subaru. West marginal was better than Hwy 509 which didn’t seem to be treated/plowed at all.

  • Alex December 30, 2021 (8:40 am)

    Thank you WSB for staying on top of the forecast, the roads and everything else during this storm.    

  • Marina December 30, 2021 (8:49 am)

    Admiral Theater closed for worker safety and will open again tomorrow. 

  • Bus rider December 30, 2021 (11:17 am)

    Sound transit route 560 is serving all stops again.

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