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Fremont Friday Snow News & Information

January 19th, 2012 by master

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 a.m. Friday, calling for an ongoing mix of more sleet, freezing rain. Friday morning’s commute will be affected by the weather.

  • Metro buses will once again be on snow routing Friday. The buses will be chained up and up to 30 routes may be canceled. Those routes may be restored if the roads improve. Check here for updated information.
  • Students will have another snow day on Friday. Seattle Public Schools are closed once again.

    Next Tuesday, Jan. 24 is a three-hour early dismissal from schools because of a scheduled furlough day. That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day. District administration will determine tomorrow if Friday, Jan. 27 – a scheduled day off for professional development – can be used as a snow make-up day.

  • Seattle Public Library locations are scheduled to open at 1 p.m.
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    Snowy Fremont Photos

    January 19th, 2012 by master

    Took a stroll around Fremont today and grabbed a few photos for those who might not have been around town since the snow started falling…

    Looking south from 41st & Fremont Ave:

    Looking up 38th St. from Fremont Ave.

    Go on, brush your shoulders off, Vlad.

    You’ve got something on your face, bro. No not there, there.

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    Seattle Wakes Up To Snow, 3-6 Inches Expected

    January 18th, 2012 by master

    Seattle has woken up to a blanket of snow on the ground, although in less drastic amounts as first anticipated. However, roads are still slick and the snow is likely to come down most of the day.

    The Seattle Department of Transportation says they plan to keep plows on the streets all day:

    The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has trucks out working to keep major arterial streets clear. Crews are mostly spreading granular salt and monitoring snow routes for accumulating snow. Please consider transportation options for essential travel and avoid driving if possible. The City continues to urge that drivers use caution during their commute.

    You’ll have to wait for another day to see some elephants. The Woodland Park Zoo is closed today due to the snow.

    Heads up, SDOT has closed NW 65th Street up to Phinney Ridge is closed. Road closure is 3rd Ave NW to Phinney Ave N.

    We’ll add some updates as they come in. Feel free to send your snowy pics as well. Enjoy the day, Fremont!

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    Fremont Wakes Up To Some Light Snow

    February 24th, 2011 by master

    Update (12pm): And so, the city of Seattle is moving on now that the snow seems to have passed us by. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will continue to provide snow and ice removal operations where necessary. Snow is predicted to taper off by late afternoon with temperatures dropping overnight.

    Seattle Parks and Recreation is following normal schedules and operations. Seattle Parks Child Care Winter Break Camps are operating today as scheduled. The Amy Yee Tennis Center is Open for business. Community Centers, Pools, and Environmental Learning Centers will open at their regularly scheduled times today.

    Updates on city services can be found at seattle.gov.

    Update (11:30am) – The snow has returned. It’s a light dusting, nothing that seems to be sticking, but keep an eye on it nevertheless. The chilly temps are keeping some sidewalks icy.

    Original – Snowpocalypse 2011 it ain’t.

    Fremonsters are waking up Thursday morning to find a little bit of snow on their cars, lawns and sidewalks but that’s about it. There is a dusting up to an inch on the ground in Fremont this morning but the roads looks pretty clear.

    The forecast does call for a trace to 1 inch more later today.

    It’s currently 29 degrees out with a high of 35 expected, so stay snug.

    Metro buses are on snow routes this morning, here’s SDOT’s first report of the day:

    Most city streets are bare and wet this morning. Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation are treating major arterial streets to guard against the formation of ice in advance of the morning commute period. Snowfall last night was highly variable around the city. Beacon Hill, southern Rainier Valley, and higher parts of West Seattle appear to have had the most snow.

    To know how the highways look, you can check the latest WSDOT traffic updates, the flow map and the full set of WSDOT cameras.

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    Fremont SnowWatch 2/23

    February 23rd, 2011 by master

    Update (7:00pm): How bout that hail, huh? In case you somehow missed it we got hit with a little hail storm for about 15 minutes around 5:30. After that it calmed down and now we’ve some slushy flurries. 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected overnight. And so it begins…

    FYI, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)says Thursday garbage pick-up will happen as usual so plan accordingly.

    Update (2:50pm): Metro is warning that buses will be crowded this afternoon and snow routes will likely be in effect. “Metro buses will move to snow routing as travel conditions change. When buses move to snow routes, it will be announced through Transit Alerts and on the Metro Online website. Check the status for your route before you travel.”

    Original: Chain the tires, salt the sidewalk, dust off the parka, clean out the bomb shelter, hide your kids, hide your wife…SNOW is coming!!!

    So far, so good for Seattle and, specifically, Fremont. The white stuff isn’t supposed to begin falling until this afternoon. Even then, the heavy stuff isn’t supposed to start dropping until the evening.

    Weather Service forecaster Andy Haner wants you to know it’s not going to be crazy, but it’ll be enough that you’ll want to stay off the roads tonight if possible:

    “I wouldn’t call it a ‘snowpocalypse,’ but it’s not going to be a good day to work late,” Haner said.

    Temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to drop into the 20s late Wednesday, making for slick, icy roads for the evening commute and the possibility of more of the same on Thursday morning.

    The Seattle Department of Transportation sent 10 snowplows into North Seattle and eight plows in South Seattle and they are now in a 24-hour response plan, ready to react to any snowfall.

    Seattle Public Utilities is on schedule today for garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection.

    We’ll keep you posted as the snow begins to fall.

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    City Of Seattle Snow Plan In Effect For Wednesday

    February 22nd, 2011 by master

    In preparation for a big snowfall Wednesday, the City of Seattle has activated its snow plan. Early in the morning, ten snow plows will hit the north end of the city. At 9 a.m., the Seattle Department of Transportation “will go into a full 24-hour response plan to keep roads open, buses moving and critical emergency services accessible,” Rick Sheridan of SDOT writes. More from the release:

    The response plan calls for deploying 30 trucks with plows, which will be prepositioned throughout the city in key locations such as elevated structures and certain trouble spots on major arterials. The department starting pre-treating major roadways with salt brine this afternoon in preparation for the storm. Additional details concerning SDOT’s response will be forthcoming as more information about the impending storm becomes available.

    SDOT also reminds property owners that they are responsible for the sidewalks in front of their properties.

    Mayor Mike McGinn says this storm could be like that of November 22, 2010. “Because Wednesday afternoon’s commute is expected to be difficult,” McGinn writes in a statement, “It may be a good day to work an alternate shift, telecommute or make other travel arrangements if possible.”

    Metro Transit is also urging passengers to be prepared for the snow.

    Wednesday’s snowfall may start out light in some areas, but transit users should plan ahead for bus trips that could be disrupted, delayed, and on snow routing. Even though weather in the morning may not be bad in your area, you should leave from a bus stop or park-and-ride that also has service when buses are on snow routes in case travel conditions deteriorate by the afternoon commute.

    Click here for more on Metro’s snow plans.

    For up-to-date information on the City’s response and roadway conditions, please visit: http://Seattle.gov/transportation/. Motorists can also check on current traffic conditions and roadway images on SDOT’s Traveler’s Map at:
    http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/.

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    The Snow Is Here, Finally (Updated)

    January 11th, 2011 by master

    Take a look out your window and you’ll see that the expected snow has fallen. And continues to fall.

    As you might imagine, you shouldn’t get in your car unless it’s absolutely necessary, especially if it involved driving up and down high grade hills. If you don’t believe me, just ask this guy. Or this guy.

    The good news for those worried about their commute is that the snow should be transitioning into rain some time after midnight. There are not expected to be any issues for the morning commute, though be careful if that rain turns into freezing rain.

    Basically, the point is…be careful out there. And if you want to build a snowman, better hurry up.

    Update (7:30 a.m.): As predicted, the temperatures are warming up and it’s now raining. The few inches of snow we have is turning into a slushy mess.

    If today is your garbage day, put those cans out. This in from Seattle Public Utilities:

    Residential garbage, recycling, food and yard waste collection is on schedule in the City of Seattle today, Wednesday, Jan. 12.

    Due to weather conditions, some routes will be starting and finishing later than usual. Customers could experience pickup times later than usual.

    Also, the Seattle Public Schools have sent out two bits of information:

    • As a precaution for the safety of students and staff, Seattle Public Schools will be running two hours late on regular bus routes.
    • Five schools that had previously scheduled early release days (Whitman, McClure, Hamilton and Eckstein middle schools and Roosevelt High School) will release students at the normal dismissal time.

    And King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) tweeted this alert:

    Most Metro service on snow routes Wed AM thru 9 AM due to snowy/slushy roads. Expect some delays. Dress warm.

    Here is information on changes to Metro service. They’re updating this site, so keep refreshing it for the most current information.

    Photo: WvvJoEvvW

    More photos from last night after the jump…

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    Snow Expected Tonight Just In Time For Evening Commute

    January 11th, 2011 by master

    We mentioned earlier that snow was expected this afternoon and commutes should be altered accordingly as a precaution. Looks like that’s going to hold true.

    The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow in Seattle, beginning after 4 p.m. today and changing to rain after midnight.  The National Weather Service is advising that “people should seriously consider finishing their afternoon commute early today if at all possible.” And Metro Transit is warning folks to plan ahead, considering the likelihood that afternoon and evening bus routes will be disrupted.

    SDOT has been aggressively pre-treating roadways, elevated structures and city owned pedestrian pathways in preparation for the storm. While pre-treatment work will aid in clearing roadways, the storm’s arrival during the evening rush hour will likely create disruptions.

    Motorists can check on current traffic conditions and roadway images on the SDOT Traveler’s Map at: http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/. While several mass transit agencies have been preparing for early departures, please check with your specific agency for availability. For up-to-date information on the City’s response and roadway conditions, please visit: http://Seattle.gov/transportation/.

    As a precaution, the Seattle Public Schools has canceled all after-school activities.

    Update: Scratch that about the schools, they’re staying open for after-school activities after all.

    H/T: MyBallard

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    Tuesday Afternoon Snow Could Alter Metro Transit Schedules

    January 10th, 2011 by master

    We’re expecting some snow later in the day on Tuesday and it’s likely to start accumulating during the afternoon commute. King County Metro Transit wants to remind you that your afternoon commute night look a lot different than your morning one.

    They have passed along the following tips to make your commute run smoother in case of weather issues.

    • Before traveling, riders should check www.kingcounty.gov/metro/snow for the most current status of Metro service. Updates to the online information begin as early as 4 a.m. and continue as needed until the storm is over.
    • Know the snow routing for your bus route. Check the timetables at www.kingcounty.gov/metro for snow route maps for each route. Not every bus route has snow routing, but most do
    • If you haven’t already, sign up for Transit Alerts to keep up with any major changes to bus service. The alerts can be received as email or text messages. Go to www.kingcounty.gov/metro/signup to subscribe
    • Metro is using a new online color-coded map to keep riders informed of the status of its bus service, which can be found online at: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/snow. All bus routes are assigned into one or more of seven geographic areas within King County. When there is snow or ice on the roads, the service status of each area will be color coded and displayed on the online map. Green indicates buses are operating on normal routes; yellow that some – but not all – routes in the area are on snow routes (primarily in higher elevation areas); and red tells you that all bus routes in the entire geographic area are on snow routing
    • People without online access can call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000. General information about service will also be sent out via the kcmetrobus Twitter account

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    Fremont Wakes Up To Snow, Watches It Go

    January 10th, 2011 by master

    Light snow fell around the neighborhood overnight and it was cold enough to stick this time. “The flurries should only dust a few spots this morning with less that an inch accumulations,” says KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott.

    By 10:30 a.m., most of the snow had melted off and we were back to normal. However, the latest forecast run for tomorrow night is “1 to 4 inches” in the lowlands, with snow turning to rain by Wednesday afternoon. Make sure you’ve prepared accordingly.

    If you’ve got some photos from this morning you’d like to share, please pass along…

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