Snow, expected to amount to up to 4 inches in the Seattle area was falling from about 4am on and accumulated quickly on the roads including the West Seattle Junction.
UPDATE: Snow slows roads and delays school; Highline Schools are closed
Snow event mostly over by 10am
The snow event that slowed roads and delayed schools (closing the Highline District and Kennedy High School in Burien) started easing before 10am with most major roadways just slushy but with some side roads, especially on hills still presenting a challenge. Accidents were reported in tricky locations around Seattle but West Seattle was otherwise accident free, with none appearing on the 911 log. Rains were expected to arrive later to remove most of the slush. SDOT was out early with sanding and salt trucks plus snow plows and aside from the Route 21 bus getting stuck for a while, Metro just ran on their normal snow routes. As the National Weather Service predicted it became more of a snow event than a snow storm.
Snow came to the West Seattle peninsula falling in earnest by 5:30am accumulating quickly on area roads. Snow fall totals were expected to range from 1 to 4 inches but predictions including a warm rain to follow later in the day. Highline Public Schools are closed as is Kennedy High School in Burien.
SDOT reported that road temp sensors were showing 32 degrees in many places citywide. They deployed rock salt to help with that.
The Water Taxi is running normal service this morning on the West Seattle route.
As of 5:56 AM, King County Metro Transit is operating all service via designated snow routes in all areas until further notice.
If your bus does not have a pre-planned snow route, it will operate its regular route, however service may be delayed due to weather and road conditions.
Transit customers are advised to wait for buses at posted bus stops on flat portions of cleared arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers where there may be multiple service options.
It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location, or to provide service updates at the individual trip or stop level.
Use regularly published timetables as a guide, check Metro’s online snow page for route updates, be aware of conditions in your area and be prepared for delays.
Visit Metro's Snow & Ice page and your route's online timetable and map for additional information.
Visit Metro Online for information about transit service.
Seattle Public Schools are running 2 hours late and shared this message:
During winter weather conditions, safety is our top priority. When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Seattle Public Schools Central Office team continually monitors conditions across the District. That includes having staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice.
After consulting with other agencies, a decision is made about whether to delay school by two hours or if a closure is necessary. That decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m.
Families can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
· local TV and radio stations
· the District website at www.seattleschools.org
· an automated phone call
· via Twitter @seapubschools
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