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Snowy Sunday

February 9th, 2014 by Doree

Bettina tweeted this pic of a snowy scene in Phinneywood this morning.


We saw this snowman on 7th Avenue NW.


And this little guy was outside 418 Public House on 65th St.


Metro Transit buses are on snow routes today. Check Metro’s Snow Alerts page for more info. All Metro buses are back on their regular route and schedule.

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Metro preparing for icy, snowy commute Friday morning, delays are possible

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Metro Transit is preparing for possible snow and ice in the Seattle area Friday morning. That could mean reduced service or late buses. Here are some tips from Metro:

  • Sign up to receive Transit Alerts for the routes you use.
  • Check the print and online timetables for snow route maps.
  • If the weather is bad, check the color-coded status map on Metro Online before you travel.
  • Be patient. Buses are not always on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. Increased ridership during bad weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information 206-553-3000.
  • Your favorite smartphone apps and online trackers may not be reliable when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed.
  • Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays, and wear appropriate footwear for the weather.
  • Head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers.
  • Riders should wait at bus stops at the very top or very bottom of hills, because buses are often unable to stop for passengers on inclines.

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Schools open, buses on normal routes, garbage to be picked up this week

January 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Life is getting back to normal after last week’s snow storm. Seattle Public Schools will reopen Monday morning, and Metro Transit has returned all buses to normal routes, after canceling dozens of routes last week.

Seattle Public Utilities is back on its normal pickup schedule for garbage, recycling and yard waste starting Monday.

Residential customers that had their collections missed last week can set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste on their regularly scheduled collection day at no additional charge.

Extra recycling that doesn’t fit in the city-provided container should be placed in sturdy bins or boxes next to your recycling cart. Remember to flatten empty cardboard boxes and do not put recyclables inside of bags.

Extra yard waste that does not fit in the city-supplied cart should be set out in one of the following ways:
• A 32-gallon can with handles. Label your can “yard waste,” and fill it loosely, so that it will empty easily when turned upside down.
• Bundles, tied with fiber twine, up to 4-feet long by 2-feet in diameter. Do not use wire, nylon cording, or plastic banding to tie these bundles.
• Kraft paper bags, available at many home and garden retailers
• Reusable yard waste bags, made of polyethylene.

No food waste is allowed in these extra units.

Extra garbage should be placed in plastic bags or your own garbage can (up to 32 gallons), and put next to your regular garbage.

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Seattle Public Schools make-up snow day is next Friday

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Next Friday, Jan. 27, was supposed to be a day off school for students as a day between semesters. But, Seattle Public Schools just announced that it will be the first of three snow make-up days.

A determination on making up the additional snow days, most likely at the end of the school year, will be decided next week.

“It is important to get our students back in the classroom next week,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “We know some families may have made out-of-town plans for next Friday, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.”

There will still be a three-hour early dismissal on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a scheduled furlough day for teachers and staff represented by the Seattle Education Association (SEA). That day cannot be used as a snow make-up day.

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Missing a sled?

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Someone at the bottom of 65th Street found this makeshift wooden sled painted with Mickey Mouse. If it’s yours, please email us and we’ll get you in touch with the person who’s keeping it safe.


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Snowy scenes from the neighborhood

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

PhinneyWood readers sent us a bunch of cute snow photos on Thursday. So here they are, for your enjoyment. (Sorry we didn’t post sooner, but we’ve been having photo uploading issues today.)

Theresa sent us this photo of neighbors sledding on Sycamore and 67th St.


Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Broadview displayed its humor.


Kathy found this cute fella at Woodland Park Zoo’s rose garden.


Greg said Fire Engine 21 couldn’t make it up North 67th Street between Phinney and Dayton avenues Thursday afternoon, even with chains, and had to back down the hill.


Mike V sent us this photo of a seagull on top of a chimney. Maybe it was trying to get warm?


Professional photographer AJ Mallory sent us the next two photos of some very happy people sledding.



And Greg sent this picture of the most creative sled idea yet: a car bumper!


And here’s a great video from Elliot, showing sledders on NW 65th Street.

And Duncan videotaped himself snowboarding down North 67th Street.

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Schools closed, buses still on snow routes, temperatures should rise and begin melting ice and snow on Friday

January 20th, 2012 by Doree

Update 9:30 a.m.: Woodland Park Zoo has reopened today after two days of closure. It is open until 4 p.m.

Update 8 a.m.: The route 28  route has changed as of early this morning.

Due to road conditions, Route 28 is now traveling via Greenwood Av N and Holman Rd in both directions between N 143rd St and NW 103rd St.

When Route 28 is operating via its designated snow routing, board or exit it at posted bus stops along Greenwood Av N.

The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and rains that will start to melt that snow and ice on Friday. Here’s the official word on closures, etc.

Seattle Public Library branches will open at 1 p.m. Friday.

Seattle Public Schools are closed again on Friday.

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.

Metro buses will remain on snow routes on Friday. As of Thursday night, Metro planned to cancel 27 routes on Friday, but that could change as weather conditions change. Expect delays on routes that are still running. Dress warmly and be prepared to wait at the bus stop.

Seattle City Light reminds customers not to call 911 to report power outages. Instead, call City Light’s Outage Hotline at 206-684-7400. You can see an outage map here.

With the forecast for snow turning to rain Friday, stormwater runoff will challenge Seattle’s drainage system. Seattle Public Utilities is asking residents and businesses to locate the storm drains in the street and clear them of snow, leaves, and debris to help prevent localized flooding. Clearing storm drains is the single most important thing that residents and businesses can do to protect their property and prevent ponding in streets that poses traffic hazards.

If an inlet or street drain appears to be blocked by snow or debris, try to safely clear a channel to provide a path for the runoff. If the drain cannot be cleared, or if the cause of the blockage or flooding is uncertain, call SPU at (206) 386-1800.

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Schools closed, no garbage collection, buses on snow routes on Thursday

January 19th, 2012 by Doree

We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day.

Update 11:14 a.m.: According to KING 5, Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency, 100,000 people are without power across the state, and one man died near Issaquah when he was hit by a falling tree.

Update 11 a.m.: If anyone has driven on neighborhood roads or taken the bus, please put a note in comments and tell us about it. We’re curious to know how well the buses are running.

One man took to his skis to get around the neighborhood (thanks to Lynn for the picture!)

Update Thursday 8:30 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Seattle area until 12 p.m. today.

According to the NWS, an ice storm warning means “severe weather conditions are imminent or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged…Ice accumulations will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.”

On traffic cameras, television or from your window, streets may appear bare and wet but they may still be covered with ice. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to treat major arterial roads with salt brine and granular salt. Some secondary or neighborhood streets are very slick and changes in conditions between treated and untreated roadways can be very sudden. Four wheel drive is not a solution – vehicles need chains to have traction. Keeping the roads clear of traffic is extremely helpful for emergency vehicles.

Many sidewalks are icy. Pedestrians should use caution while walking and crossing streets. It is the responsibility of property owners to keep their sidewalks clear of ice to protect pedestrian safety. SDOT is dispatching 22 crews to activate the Pedestrian Safety Element of the Winter Response plan to clear and salt pedestrian landings, crossings, and intersections.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste today as planned, because the roads are too icy.

Weather permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Friday, on a revised schedule — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Friday, and Friday customers collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up this week, 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.

All Seattle Public Library branches are closed on Thursday.

Woodland Park Zoo is closed again on Thursday.

Many King County offices are closed today, including District and Superior Court, Council offices, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Assessments. For a full list of county closures, click here.

Someone created some great snow creatures in front of Santoro’s Books on Wednesday. (Thanks to LS for the pictures!)

Earlier: Wednesday was a very fun snow day of sledding and drinking hot chocolate. Unless, of course, you had to drive somewhere. The roads will likely be very icy on Thursday, so please drive carefully if you must go somewhere.

Here’s what’s on tap for Thursday:

Seattle Publish Schools are closed again.

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up Wednesday’s garbage, recycling and yard waste on Thursday, weather permitting. That means regular Thursday pickups will now happen on Friday, and Friday customers should set their refuse out on Saturday by 7 a.m.

If your materials are not picked up on the revised schedule, 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.

Metro Transit will continue to operate on snow routes, with 27 routes canceled. Other routes may experience significant delays, so check Metro’s Snow & Ice page for updates before you head for the bus.

Greenwood Hardware was all out of sleds on Wednesday, but they’re getting more on Thursday.

We may be out of sleds for today, but we’ve seen a lot of creative solutions: garbage can lids, cardboard+rope+tarp… Send us pictures of your ad-hoc sled-like device and whichever we think is the most creative we’ll hold a sled for you from tomorrow’s truck!

Lexy sent us a photo of the hordes of sledders at Woodland Park on Wednesday.

Next door, at the Woodland Park Zoo, the animals frolicked in the snow.

Photo by Kirsten Pisto, Woodland Park Zoo.

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PhinneyWood neighborhood wakes up to snow

January 18th, 2012 by Doree

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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