Seattle Public Schools will use Friday, January 27 as a snow make-up day. It was previously scheduled as an off-day for staff professional development. The other two make-up days for this week’s snow days haven’t yet been scheduled.
Though Seattle Schools and most other schools are closed today (see schoolreport.org to check on your school’s status), Seattle Public Library is taking a chance that conditions will be better this afternoon, and library branches will open at 1 p.m.
Beacon Hill’s own Blue Scholars made a couple of Beacon-centric snow videos the last couple of times it snowed. Will there be a third? We don’t know, but enjoy these videos from the 2008 and 2010 snows:
The National Weather Service has issued a very rare ice storm warning for our area. Here it is:
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an ice storm warning… which is in effect until noon PST today. the winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.
* Some affected locations… Hoquiam… Olympia… Seattle.
* Timing… during the morning hours.
* Ice accumulations… two to four tenths of an
inch this morning.
* Main impact… travel will be severely impacted. Power outages are
An ice storm warning means severe winter weather conditions are imminent or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted. If you must travel… keep an extra flashlight… food… and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.
Please be careful out there, everyone. Schools are closed, all library branches are closed today, and many other offices and services are closed because of the weather, so it’s a good idea to stay home if at all possible.
(Editor’s note: NWS warning was changed from all-caps to make it easier to read.)
It’s been snowing steadily for a while this morning on North Beacon Hill, and the streets and yards have a nice coating of snow. As on Monday, Metro is on snow routes, and Route 38, which runs up and down McClellan, is cancelled (see http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/rr/adverseweather.html for information about other routes). Seattle Schools and most other area schools and universities are closed for the day. There are some exceptions at the moment, so check http://schoolreport.org/ for the latest school closure info.
The city now has a winter weather map that shows the latest information about streets that have been plowed or de-iced.
Seattle Public Schools are playing it safe in advance of tomorrow’s predicted snowstorm. School is closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18. Evening activities are also cancelled. For other schools and universities in the area, please check schoolreport.org.
If your garbage pickup is tomorrow, Seattle Public Utilities is currently advising that you treat Wednesday as a normal day for garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection. Of course, weather could still change all of that.
Weather forecasters, including those at BHB news partners KOMONews.com, say the next round of snow won’t skip Seattle, and will spread from south to north early Wednesday morning, probably arriving between 2 and 4 a.m. On top of the potential snowfall, we may get winds gusting to 35-40 mph. The “Slushmageddon” mentioned by folks like Cliff Mass in the last few days probably won’t happen after all; the storm will be snow all the way through. Current expectations are that we will get 4-6 inches of snow in Seattle, but as those of us who have been here a while know — you never know what might actually happen.
Seattle Public Schools have announced a two-hour delay for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17. All schools will open two hours late, and pre-school activities such as preschool and Head Start are cancelled.
If your children ride school buses, be aware that buses will be running on snow routes, which means that yellow buses only run on roads that have snow removal maintained by the City. You should have received notices about snow routes in the mail during November.
For updated delay/closure information for Seattle Schools and other local schools and districts (including colleges and private schools), keep your eyes on SchoolReport.org. Snow is expected both today and tomorrow, and conditions are definitely subject to change.