SNOWBRUARY 2019: Tuesday update — Capitol Hill’s slow melt, trees vs. wires, and, yay, more Seattle snow history

UPDATE 8:45 PM: Sorry, parents. No school again Wednesday.

Original report: The rains came but so did more snow as a month of ice and cold on Capitol Hill has continued into its second Tuesday.

The expected warmer air did arrive and brought an overnight of sleet following a bout of even more wet, heavy snow that pushed Seattle much closer to the bring of the feared “snowmageddon.” Around 20,000 were without power at points of the night with reports of trees and branches giving way to the heavy snow. Large trees were reported down throughout the Arboretum and blocking streets including 19th Ave E. A car was smashed by one fallen tree near Interlaken Park. Seattle City Light reported one of the biggest problems is actually the melting snow — large branches relieved of the melting snow suddenly spring up and strike utility wires.

There were no reported injuries and Capitol Hill area power outages included only around 100 customers including patches near 13th and E Aloha and along Belmont Ave E.

Hug a parent. Schools were closed again Tuesday — another snow day with a winter break of no school approaching next week.

Roads and sidewalks remain a mess though SDOT has cleared most major arteries and the freeways around Seattle’s core are also clear even as the areas north and east of the city remain travel trouble spots.

SDOT’s winter weather map updates are here. Stick to the city’s “gold and green” routes where streets and sidewalks have been prioritized for clearing and watch yourself on side streets where the snow and ice remain layered and slick. You can check the CHS Street Cams page before you head out. And the CHS Weather page has the latest reports from local observations.

For now, King County Metro remains shifted to its Emergency Snow Network which leaves only a core number of Hill-serving routes moving including the 10 and the special, snow-only 90Capitol Hill Station and light rail remain fully operational.

UPDATE: Route 10 was running on Broadway Tuesday because of power line issues on 15th. UPDATE x2: Metro reports the 10 is back on 15th Ave.

UPDATE x3: Metro will restore most of its service and buses will operate on snow routes Wednesday morning “on a route-by-route basis,” county says:

Riders are encouraged to visit Metro’s MetroWinter.com website for route specific information on Wednesday morning before traveling and sign up for alerts. Online updates are underway for over 200 bus routes and will be available by Wednesday morning.

Outreach teams from King County and the City of Seattle are available around downtown and parts of Capitol Hill to help people on the streets get out of the cold. You can help by dialing 2-1-1.


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Warmer temperatures should bring more melting but it is clearly not going to come quickly. And when it does, the next thing officials say we’ll have to worry about is “urban flooding.” Hang in there.

Given that, this might be the time to thank the people at SDOT, Seattle City Light, SPD, SFD, the county, and a host of other services, plus the neighborhood’s cafe, bar, and restaurant workers. Seattle bent — especially Monday night — but it mostly hasn’t broken into full Snowpocalytpo mode. The icy, slushy sidewalks still need dealing with, of course. Thanks, neighbors.

With around 20 inches measured at Sea-Tac, the Seattle area has now seen the most official snowfall recorded in 50 years.

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