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Capitol Hill begins chilly week with light snow and ice — UPDATE: Pictures and what’s next

A tiny snowperson on Capitol Hill

A tiny snowperson on Capitol Hill (Image: Alex Garland)

Snow did, indeed, begin falling on Capitol Hill Sunday night as a highly anticipated bout of freezing temperatures poured into the region.

For Monday morning’s commute, Capitol Hill and the city’s streets were mostly clear of snow — though ice was a different story with overnight temperatures in the 20s. Meanwhile, some areas on the Eastside reported from 5″ to 9″ overnight.

Sidewalks are probably the biggest challenge across the Hill with a light amount of freezing snow blanketing some stretches and plenty of freezing water on others. The city has made a big push this winter to remind property owners of their responsibilities in keeping sidewalks clear and safe.

Sunday afternoon, the city began treating streets to help keep them clear through the expected snow. SDOT says the work will continue as needed but expect conditions to worsen if temperatures drop farther. Overnight, there were no reported major street closures around Capitol Hill with one report of a block vehicle near 24th and Helen.

The city will have a slow start to what will be a chilly week. Important services like Metro are back on regular schedules but schools including Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Central will delay their openings.

Officials, meanwhile, are expanding cold weather shelter services for the week.

While you might see a flurry or two, forecasters say the area should remain mostly dry until more precipitation arrives Wednesday.

UPDATE 2:55 PM: While it has continued to snow on and off through the day, not much is sticking. As the afternoon commute approaches, temperatures are expected to begin dipping toward predicted overnight lows in the 20s. Precipitation is supposed to slack off leaving the Hill icy but probably not snowed in. Be careful on streets and sidewalks as things start to ice up. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, says there could be more snow overnight but expectations for Tuesday are for “a break in between systems,” forecasters say. Wednesday could bring more snow but predictions for temperatures seem to be moving up from earlier forecasts for temperatures below 20.

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