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PhinneyWood neighborhood wakes up to snow

January 18th, 2012 · Comments

This post will be updated throughout the day with new information and pictures.

Update 4:30 p.m.: Seattle Public Schools just announced that all schools will be closed again on Thursday.

Update 11:30 a.m.: The 65th Street hill between Phinney Avenue North and 3rd Avenue NW was closed to traffic today, which meant it was packed with sledders. We saw some interesting items being used in place of sleds, including a skateboard with the wheels off and a large plastic bin that previously held Christmas decorations.

Cafe Bambino, just two blocks away at 65th and 5th, was packed with families drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, and it even had a firepot going outside.

Update 9:15 a.m.: Woodland Park Zoo is closed today; and Seattle Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending repaving work on 85th Street, because, obviously, crews can’t see the pavement under all that snow!

Phinney-Greenwood woke up to more than an inch of snow this morning.

The snow is beautiful, but will likely cause traffic problems today.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has closed NW 65 Street from 3rd Avenue NW to Phinney Avenue North on the west side of the ridge, and from Phinney Avenue North to Linden Avenue North on the east side. SDOT deployed 30 plow trucks overnight to clear major arterials, and four tanker trucks applied anti-icer to elevated roadways and known trouble spots along the snow route network. Check SDOT’s Winter Weather page for updated information on closed roadways, and its Travelers Information Map for current traffic information and roadway images.

SDOT also reminds property owners that they are responsible for clearing snow and ice off sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

Metro Transit is on snow routes. Check out Metro’s Snow & Ice page for updates and transit alerts. Up to30 routes have been canceled, including the 355 through north Greenwood, and buses that are running may not stop at every bus stop. Metro advises bus riders to walk to major transfer points or cleared arterials.

Seattle Public Schools are closed today.

Seattle Public Utilities has canceled all garbage, yard waste and recycling pick-up today due to dangerous road conditions.

Today’s missed customers should set out their materials tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 19) by 7 a.m. If your materials still have not been collected by the end of the day Thursday, put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day.

Customers who were missed on Monday, Jan. 16, should set their materials out on their 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.

When setting out extra waste, customers are encouraged to place perishable food items in their collection containers and set bagged, non-perishable items next to the containers.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will continue to post service updates on www.seattle.gov/util. Customers can also reach SPU for information by calling Customer Service at (206) 684-3000.

Seattle Public Library locations, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be open from 1-5 p.m. today.

King County has closed District and Superior Courts today. King County closures are updated continually here.

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