News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods

 

Snow drops down into Maple Leaf, Wedgwood this a.m.

March 22nd, 2013 by Support Staff

After staying to the north of us all week, pestering the folks from Everett to Shoreline, the Puget Sound Convergence Zone dropped south around 7:40 this morning. No doubt to celebrate the first week of spring.

It’s snowing steadily at 8:30 a.m. in Maple Leaf. Nothing’s sticking, though. Outside air temperature right at 34 degrees, and the air is still. When I left Wedgwood at 7:50 a.m., it was snowing lightly.

Snow also being reported at the Wedgwood, Green Lake, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods.

Traffic was snarled to the north earlier this morning, and several main highways were closed during the past 12 hours or so.

From the forecast discussion issued around 3 a.m.:

THE SNOW LEVEL WILL BE BELOW 1000 FT AGAIN EARLY THIS MORNING WITH
SHOWERS FALLING LOCALLY AS SNOW OVER THE LOWLANDS. PRECIPITATION
AMOUNTS IN THE CONVERGENCE ZONE MIGHT BE UP TO 0.20 INCH TODAY...
WHICH WILL RESULT IN LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OF SNOW. THERE
WILL LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATION ELSEWHERE

Below, Interstate 5 at the Everett Mall earlier this morning:

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A white Christmas here after all?

December 22nd, 2012 by Support Staff

Sue might get her Christmas wish.

Unexpectedly, this morning’s National Weather Service forecast calls for the possibility of something close to an inch of snow locally on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day on Tuesday.

The snow would melt by the afternoon, but still.

From the forecast discussion:

A STRONG FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL IMPACT THE REGION ON CHRISTMAS FOR MORE RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS. THIS SYSTEM BEARS WATCHING AS IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ON PARTS OF THE HOOD CANAL AREA AND KITSAP PENINSULA. THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE FAIRLY LOW…SO THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THE PRECIP COULD START OUT AS SNOW OR A RAIN/SNOW MIX ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE LOWLANDS.

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Report a local pothole (and see if it gets fixed)

January 31st, 2012 by Support Staff

From time to time we get emailed complaints about potholes in the neighborhood. Then the Pothole Rangers are called out.

A week’s worth of ice and snow have made the problem worse. Here’s an overview from the city’s pothole map. Green means a fixed pothole, blue means a request to fill one is  “pending”  (?). We don’t seem to have any yellow (not fixed for the last half year) or red (not fixed for a year).

But I suspect we have more potholes than this.

Mayor Mike McGinn says the city’s transportation department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” McGinn says.

So let’s help out. Report potholes to the city here. Call in the rangers!

(Thanks to My Wallingford for some of this information.)

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Seattle Schools asking for two-day snow waiver

January 30th, 2012 by Kate Bergman

Students may not have to make up all three school days they missed during this month’s snow storm. Officials at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) want to waive two days instead of tacking them onto the end of the year, which they say would cost the district $500,000.

Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

SPS is asking the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a waiver for the January 19th and January 20th snow days. During the storm Governor Gregoire declared a State of Emergency for those days. “This [the waiver] is contingent on a decision allowing the Emergency Proclamation to apply to schools in King County,” the release states. “OSPI officials said they will have more information next month on how to apply for waivers.”

One of the days was made up last Friday, leaving the other two. According to the district, they cannot make up the days during mid-winter break because families and staff have already arranged their schedules around the time off.

As a side note, next year’s mid-winter break is not a full week, but a four-day weekend with the Friday before President’s Day a day off and that Monday.

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Winter ends – for now. It's above freezing!

January 20th, 2012 by Support Staff

It’s 34 degrees outside at 8 a.m., and rising through the day. In fact, there are no freezing temperatures in the National Weather Service forecast.

It’s still a mess out there, though. The arterials are better – but the snow on sidewalks and side streets is compacted and slipperier than Thursday.

No residential garbage collection today and only limited commercial service.

Road conditions permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume tomorrow — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

Oh, and the city wants YOUR help clearing storm drains. Video here.

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Ice storm warning in effect now – travel “severely impacted”

January 19th, 2012 by Support Staff

3 p.m.: 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on top of the ice today, for a total storm total topping 7 inches.

City urges residents to get home before dark.

2 p.m.: National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory until 4 a.m. Friday.

Noon: We now have a half-inch of new snow atop the ice atop the old snow.

Cliff Mass has posted: “Well folks, this is not my profession’s finest hour.”

9:30 a.m.: The neighborhoods have a quarter-inch of ice on top of a half-foot of old snow. And it’s now snowing steadily.

Icy tree limbs over power lines.

7:50 a.m.: One Sea-Tac runway now open. But massive delays.

5:45 a.m. The three runways at Sea-Tac airport are closed because of the icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon 2 p.m.:

ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN

INCH THIS MORNING.

MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL WILL BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. POWER OUTAGES ARE

LIKELY.

Seattle Public Libraries are closed today due to the extreme weather conditions.

Metro continues on weather routes. Check this site for changes to your bus route.

See snow plow routes here.

Live traffic cams here.

Garbage collection has been postponed by at least a day.

From Cliff Mass this morning: “Over the past day and particularly this morning, something relatively unusual and, quite frankly, dangerous is going on outside–a freezing rain/sleet storm.”

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Metro operating on snow routes until further notice

January 16th, 2012 by Support Staff

King County Metro Transit is operating all bus routes on designated snow routes until further notice.

From Metro:

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.

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Tuesday's weather challenges

November 23rd, 2010 by Kate Bergman

5pm  Seattle Public Schools closed Wednesday.

4 p.m. Here are the highlights from the latest snow update from the City:

  • Residents and businesses are advised they are responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses.
  • As of 2pm, SDOT had eight plow/spreader trucks operating in the north end.
  • No decision yet on whether garbage, recycling and yard waste will be picked up Wednesday.
  • SPD will not cite routine parking violations or overtime/peak violations but will tow cars blocking streets.
  • All locations of the Seattle Public Library will be open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  • 10am  Here’s a look at NE 70th Street in View Ridge courtesy of Kellie who took these pictures around 9:30 this morning.  She tells us not many cars are trying to make it up the hill.  She’s also spotted a few people sledding.  You can get an idea of the snow totals from the table and chairs on her deck.  Thanks Kellie!

    9am  Seattle Public Utilities says garbage, recycling and yard waste service is canceled today due to dangerous road conditions. Missed customers will be collected next Tuesday, November 30, and allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage at no additional charge.

    King County Metro buses are still on snow routes Tuesday morning and some routes have been canceled.  Check here for the latest route information.

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Snow around Wedgwood and View Ridge

November 22nd, 2010 by Kate Bergman

5:30pm  Here are some live images of SDOT cameras in the area that refresh every minute or so.

3:45pm  Looks like the next couple of hours will bring us the most intense snow.  The wind isn’t helping things.  The Seattle Parks department is closing all community centers programs scheduled after 6pm as well as all athletic fields.  Thanks to Twitter user @maggim for the snow photo below from Wedgwood.

8:30am  Looks like our neighborhoods are getting some of the worst of the snow inside the city limits. Here’s a look at some photos taken from SDOT cameras around 8:30am at 32nd Ave NE/NE 65th and 15th Ave NE/NE 75th. Please feel free to share conditions on your street in the comments below.

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