UPDATE — 1p: Cliff Mass says the snow should be tapering off any minute now. And that’s pretty much it. Some freezing rain/snow/sleet tonight. Warming through Thursday. Rainy Friday to wash the last of it away. So it goes.
UPDATE — 10a: It’s a full blown snow day. Snow showers are expected to continue through the day but things get iffy later so think about going out to explore early if possible. The biggest travel issue is now Metro buses that are having a rough go at locations like Denny and E Olive Way where we have reports of multiple coaches stacking up when one gets stuck. Walking is your best bet. Stay warm. Updates and pictures, below.
Original Report: After a series of forecast revisions, the snow that has been predicted for days has coated Capitol Hill this morning in a crystalline layer of crunchy powder.
Roads remain clear at this point though the snow is sticking on many streets — even those treated in preparation for the storm. UPDATE: There is a 1/2 inch at least an inch of snow on many streets. SPD East Precinct is now requiring all patrol vehicles to be chained — you should be, too. Make sure to check out the SDOT priority routes linked below if you are planning to drive. Getting behind the wheel is not advised given the slippery conditions. Those conditions also have Metro on snow routes all day. Meanwhile, schools throughout the city are closed — and those that haven’t announced closures yet likely will soon as we’re predicted to see at least a few inches of snow today. If you can, enjoy your snow day. We’ve included some information on our favorite Hill place to sled — Volunteer Park — below.
More notes on the forecasts, an updated timeline, and more updates below.
The latest forecast is mostly drama free:
Snow before 4pm, then snow, possibly mixed with rain. High near 30. East wind 10 to 20 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Cliff Mass calls it a “snowstorm of two characters:”
Over the mountains and over southwest Washington there will be large quantities of snow. And substantial snow over the eastern slopes of the Cascades. But over Puget Sound and northwest Washington this will be a very modest affair.
At this point, it seems likely this storm will be remembered more for its series of updated and revised forecasts. Call it transparent meteorology. We’re not complaining — but we probably all need to get used to the idea that with more information, the reality of uncertainty is sometimes laid bare. In other words, it’s exciting to talk about snow in Seattle.
Here’s an update of the predicted timeline:
Tuesday morning: Freezing temperatures and more snow around Seattle with 1 to 3 inches forecast. The morning commute could be a challenge. Travel notes below. Tuesday afternoon: The calm before the storm. A little warmer with low likelihood of precipitation. Tuesday night: “a couple of inches”
- Wednesday: 2 to 4 inches. Snow started falling earlier than expected so could be headed for the upper range.
- Wednesday night: Less than a 1/2 inch
- Thursday: More snow mixed with rain.. Less than a 1/2 inch
The Bobby Morris bike polo players had to sit this one out Tuesday night (Image: @mailemae)
- Metro remains on snow routes. Its expected cancellation list is mostly non-Hill related: 2EX*, 38, 42, 45, 46, 51, 53, 79, 114, 161, 162, 175, 192, 193, 197, 205, 210, 215, 216, 219, 224, 237, 251, 268, 277, 316 & 355.
- SDOT sanders and de-icing trucks have been spotted on the Hill. If you are planning to drive, you can check out the latest de-icing and clearing work on the city’s new winter weather map. Red routes have been recently plowed and salted. Click for latest updates. Here’s a bulletin sent out by SDOT:
A light snow is beginning to fall in south and West Seattle. As the much anticipated winter storm makes its arrival, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is out in full force ensuring the roadways are safe for travel, especially bus and emergency vehicle routes. Ready for whatever comes, the department has deployed 30 plow trucks for clearing major arterials and four tanker trucks are applying anti-icer to elevated roadways and known trouble spots along the snow route network. Motorists are urged to help out by making way for the snow response trucks.
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- There was some big news on the Hill overnight — our latest on the Harvard Ave murder here.
- We broadcast information frequently via Twitter so check out the @jseattle stream for information.
- The CHS Capitol Hill traffic cam page is here
- PDF maps of priority snow routes for the city are here.
- From the archives: Volunteer Park sled run guide, list of highest elevations and steepest streets. Useful stuff!
- Tuesday’s coverage | Monday’s coverage | Sunday’s coverage
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