The threat of historically high winds and torrential rain has Seattle Department of Transportation officials hitting refresh on the latest weather reports Wednesday to determine if the next edition of the Pike People Street test should go on Thursday night with city crews closing off streets and setting up tables and chairs.
“People wanting to sit in a chair and utilize public space might be pretty low,” said SDOT’s Seth Geiser.
@jseattle This event has indeed been cancelled due to weather. We'll be monitoring the forecast for Sunday…
— seattledot (@seattledot) October 13, 2016
The National Weather Service says to get your galoshes ready:
HOWEVER…THE FIRST BIG INCREASE IN SOUTHERLY WIND WILL HAPPEN ON THE COAST ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON…SPREADING INLAND ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS WILL OCCUR FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF A DEEP LOW CENTER THROUGH THE REGION. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST HIGH WIND WATCHES AND WARNINGS FOR DETAILS ON THE THURSDAY NIGHT STORM. HEFTY RAINFALL TOTALS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE: 1 TO 3 INCHES OVER THE INTERIOR LOWLANDS…2 TO 5 INCHES ALONG THE COAST AND IN THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS…AND 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS. THIS WILL CAUSE RISES ON AREA RIVERS…WITH FLOODING POSSIBLE ON A FEW. REFER TO THE LATEST FLOOD BULLETINS FOR DETAILS.
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 12, 2016
Thursday’s event has been planned to close one lane of vehicle traffic on E Pike and 11th Ave from 4 PM-10 PM to make way for art and outdoor dining while allowing vehicle traffic to still flow through the area in conjunction with the neighborhood’s monthly art walk. If cancelled, the plans for the second pilot test might be bumped up to take over what was planned as the third and final Pike People Street test slated for Sunday. Meanwhile, the Capitol Hill Art Walk typically soldiers on, three-storm wave or no.
The latest and hoped-to-be final round of testing of the Pike People Street program got off to a hitch-free start Friday with a session designed to evaluate the closure during late-night nightlife hours on the street.