A sunny, slippery Thursday ahead after gentle snowfall on Capitol Hill — UPDATE

Take your time getting around Capitol Hill this morning. Most major streets are clear but sidewalks, stairs, and pretty much everything else is cold and icy after a gentle blanket of snowfall Wednesday night. Some areas of Capitol Hill report up to one inch fell and froze through the night.

As of early Thursday morning, there were no reports of major street or transit issues across Capitol Hill or the Central District but we will update this post as issues arise. SDOT handled one issue already this morning with signal issues at Broadway and Pine repaired to start the morning commute. Traveling off the Hill is a slightly different story as traffic is slowed by the icy conditions. Washington State Patrol reports more than 20 collisions so far due to the slippery roads. Lower traffic volumes thanks to the Seattle Public Schools mid-winter break will help.

UPDATE 8:30 AM: A large Seattle Fire response was dispatched after a car crashed into a utility pole at 12th and Republican. There was one reported injury but most SFD units were turned loose from the scene. The crash was blocking traffic in the area and a few cars backed up on side roads were having trouble with the ice.

UPDATE 8:50 AM: A stuck Metro bus was reported blocking traffic on E Cherry at 19th.

UPDATE 2:25 PM: Here’s an afternoon update from SDOT

What’s happening now? Last night crews continued treating arterials on into the morning commute, with plans to deploy crews throughout the city today treating arterial roads, sidewalks and bridges.

What about tomorrowTomorrow’s forecast currently calls for additional snow. With a goal of achieving wet and bare street conditions on arterials for residents and travelers, SDOT snow crews are prepared to deploy this evening to pretreat arterials with additional emphasis on public transit routes before Friday’s morning commute.

And this weekend . . .The SDOT snow team in on standby for Saturday and Sunday in the event more snow heads our way. Stay tuned.

The city, meanwhile, is extending access to the cold weather shelter at Seattle Center that opened on Sunday, February 18 due to the continued frosty weather.

The National Weather Service predicts a sunny day ahead with temperatures reaching the high 30s after a freezing morning. More snow is possible Thursday night and again by Friday afternoon.

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