January 26, 2022

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Weather updates: Inches of snow fall in Seattle on Sunday, with more expected as temperatures dip – The Seattle Times

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The Seattle area woke up to about two to five inches of snow on the ground in King County on Sunday morning. About four more inches of snow is expected to fall throughout the day, and temperatures are expected to dip into the teens on Sunday night.

We’re updating this page with the latest news about the weather and its effects on the Seattle area.

Snow appears to be leaving Seattle, local winter storm warning no longer in effect

Snowfall looks to be leaving Seattle behind as the weather moves east, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for southwest Washington, where a cold front pushing in from Canada could meet up with precipitation off the Pacific Ocean for up to 4 more inches of snow through Sunday night.

Temperatures in the Seattle area are still expected to drop into the teens Sunday night, with wind chill that feels as cold as 11 degrees. A little more snow in Seattle is still possible — forecasts predict less than half an inch.

—Sydney Brownstone


Seattle Children’s closes urgent care sites

Seattle Children’s hospital will close its urgent care facilities at 5 p.m. because of the weather.

—Sydney Brownstone

Snohomish County closes drive-through testing sites

The Snohomish County Health District will close its drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Everett and Lynnwood Monday because of snow and freezing temperatures. Information about other testing locations in Snohomish County is available here.

UW Medicine’s Lake Sammamish State Park and Shoreline COVID testing sites closed earlier today because of the weather, as did Auburn’s Outlet Collection vaccine clinic. See other King County vaccine and testing locations here.

—Sydney Brownstone

This map shows Seattle snow-plowing updates

Wondering about whether the snow on the streets in your Seattle neighborhood have been plowed? Check this out.

The city has an online map that shows which streets are closed, which have been serviced and which are due to be serviced. The map is updated regularly.

Red means a street has been closed. Dark blue means that a street has been serviced with the past hour. Medium blue means a street has been serviced 1-3 hours ago. And light blue means a street has been serviced more than 3 hours ago. Yellow means a street is planned to be serviced at some point.

Seattle’s streets are serviced by vehicles with snow plows, salt spreaders and/or de-icing equipment, according to the city’s website.

The city has background information about its snow routes and map here, and there are answers to some frequently asked questions here.

Busy streets that connect Seattle neighborhoods with downtown and the rest of the region are supposed to be plowed first, particularly when they’re important for getting to major public institutions like hospitals and schools; they’re important for first responders; and they’re important for major employers.

The city doesn’t plow non-arterial streets.

—Daniel Beekman


Power outages affect hundreds across Western Washington

Power outages in North Seattle and in Stevens Pass were resolved by Sunday afternoon, but hundreds remain without power in Whatcom, Snohomish and Jefferson counties.

In Whatcom County, Puget Sound Energy showed 2,572 customers without power shortly before 2 p.m., while Snohomish County’s Public Utilities District reported outages impacting 204 people clustered in Snohomish, on Camano Island and along the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot.

The Jefferson County Public Utilities District reported outages throughout Sunday morning affecting 137 people, 79 of them in or near Port Townsend.

—Sydney Brownstone

Seattle, King County libraries are closed

All Seattle and King County library branches are closed, as snow continues to fall across the Puget Sound region.

“Due to inclement weather, all library locations will be closed Sunday,” Seattle Public Library said Sunday morning on Twitter, not immediately providing information about Monday operations. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

King County Public Library didn’t post anything on social media but there were no branches open Sunday afternoon, according to the system’s website.

—Daniel Beekman

King County Metro buses running on snow routes

King County Metro has switched to snow routes, which is affecting schedules and bus routes.

Metro’s customer call center is open for trip planning help until 5 p.m. today. Call (206) 553-3000.

—Greg Lamm


Washington State Ferries cancels Coupeville-Port Townsend route

Washington State Ferries will close service between Coupeville and Port Townsend Sunday afternoon.

The last route will run from Port Townsend at 4:15 p.m., said spokesperson Suanne Pelley. Tomorrow the ferries will run on “alternate schedules” after 13 workers tested positive for COVID-19 this past week.

—Sydney Brownstone

Collisions start to pile up, reports WSDOT

The poor road conditions due to winter weather are starting to cause problems on the highways.

As of just before noon on Saturday, several collisions had been reported by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

WSDOT is urging everyone to stay home if possible. For those heading to the Seahawks game tonight, you are urged to ride public transportation.

—Stefanie Loh

Flights delayed by an hour, on average, at Sea-Tac

Flights out of Sea-Tac Airport are seeing average delays of about an hour, according to the Port of Seattle.

Airport officials are encouraging passengers to check in with their airlines for flights and cancellations before they head to the airport. The top floor of the parking garage is closed, so travelers should consider taking other routes to their flights, airport spokesperson Kate Hudson said.

Sixty flights out of Sea-Tac are seeing delays and 20 flights have been canceled, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Each airline is responsible for de-icing its own aircraft, Hudson said.

—Sydney Brownstone


Power outages in Stevens Pass, Bitter Lake

A power outage has cut electricity to 111 people around Stevens Pass, according to the Chelan County Public Utilities District.

An earlier outage Sunday morning hit 2,943 people in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood, though Seattle City Light has since restored power to 300 people. Officials are still investigating the cause.

—Sydney Brownstone

Two UW Medicine COVID testing sites, Auburn vaccine clinic close for weather

Two UW Medicine COVID testing sites in Shoreline and at Lake Sammamish State Park are closed today due to the snowy weather. A vaccine clinic at the Auburn Outlet Collection mall has also closed.

King County testing sites and vaccination clinics were closed Saturday for the Christmas holiday. More information on scheduling vaccines or testing is available here.

—Sydney Brownstone

Seattle Public Utilities closes transfer stations Sunday

Seattle Public Utilities announced Sunday that it has closed both north and south transfer stations due to unsafe road conditions.

SPU also cautions that the winter weather may result in delays in service for trash, recycle and compost collection. Residents are advised to set out collection carts and leave them out the following day. If they haven’t been collected by the following day, bring them back in and then try again the next day.

—Stefanie Loh


Wind chill temperatures drop below zero in Whatcom County

With wind gusting above 50 mph in Bellingham, wind chill temperatures in Whatcom County have fallen into the negatives Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

—Sydney Brownstone

Use caution on the roads Sunday morning

The winter weather is already wreaking havoc on roadways Sunday morning.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is urging people to stay off the roads if possible, but if you must travel today, here are some resources for driving in snow:

Also, for those looking for some snowy outdoor recreation opportunities, please be careful when driving out to the passes, and be discerning about where you park. Read: Don’t be that person who blocks the road so that snow plows can’t get through!

—Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

Stay home, WSDOT says

Washington’s Department of Transportation says that drivers should do their best to stay off snowy highways Sunday as a winter storm warning is in effect throughout the Puget Sound.

A serious collision on the northbound I-5 lanes near the Southcenter Mall is currently blocking multiple lanes; a Washington State Patrol trooper was struck, but “will be OK,” according to the Washington State Patrol.

—Sydney Brownstone


Winter weather shelters are open in Seattle, Snohomish County

With snow blanketing the region and colder temperatures expected overnight, emergency shelters are open for people who need a warm place to escape the cold.

Here’s a full list and map of the winter weather shelters available.

These two overnight shelters are also available:

  • Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, 301 Mercer St. This shelter will be operated by The Salvation Army and is open to adults 18 and older. Pets will be accepted as well, but they need to be nonaggressive and on a leash. The site will be able to hold around 100 people, according to the city.
  • Compass Center in Pioneer Square, 210 Alaskan Way S. Open to adults 18 and older. Only service animals will be allowed at this site run by Compass Housing Alliance. The entrance is located at the corner of South Washington Street and Alaskan Way, across from the downtown ferry terminal. The shelter will be able to hold around 80 people.

The Armory at Seattle Center opens to the public at 10 a.m., and the following day shelters for people experiencing homelessness are also open. Here’s a full list of resources from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.

  • The Salvation Army Jefferson Day Center (4th & Jefferson), Every Day, 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Angeline’s Day Center (2030 3rd Ave), Every Day, 8:00am – 6:00pm, women only
  • Seattle Indian Center Day Center, (1265 S Main St suite 105), Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Compass Hygiene Center (77 S Washington St.), Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm
  • Elizabeth Gregory Home (1604 NE 50th St.), Sunday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, women only
  • God’s Lil’ Acre (12521 33rd Ave NE), Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Immanuel Community Services (1215 Thomas St.), Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Urban Rest Stop
    • Ballard (2014-B NW 57th St), Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 2:30pm
    • U-District (1415 NE 43rd St.), Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am – 11:30am & 1:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Downtown (1924 Ninth Avenue), Monday – Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • YouthCare Orion Center (1828 Yale Ave), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 3:30pm – 7:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm; youth only (ages 12 to 24)
  • Mary’s Place Day Center (1830 Ninth Ave), Monday – Friday from 7:00am – 3:30pm; women or women with children only.

Here’s the full story on all additional shelter spaces available.

—Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times

Snow expected to taper off Sunday in Seattle, forecasters say

Forecasters at the National Weather Service anticipate that snow will taper off Sunday afternoon and evening in the Seattle area as the cold weather system shifts to the southwest.

Still, the northern Olympic Peninsula — which saw 11 inches of snow Sunday morning in downtown Port Angeles — could get another 6 to 8 inches through Monday morning.

—Sydney Brownstone

Winter storm warning in effect as Seattle area wakes up to inches of snow

A heavy band of snow blanketed Western Washington overnight Saturday, leaving between 2 to 5 inches of snow on the ground throughout King County Sunday morning.

Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the day, adding up to another 4 inches throughout the Puget Sound, according to government forecasters.

The National Weather Service observed a low temperature of 27 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport Saturday night, but temperatures are expected to dip throughout the day and drop as low as 18 degrees Sunday night.

Whatcom County and the northern Olympic Peninsula saw the most snowfall overnight: Downtown Port Angeles saw 11 inches of snow, while Bellingham is reporting up to 8 inches with wind gusting up to 52 mph.

A weather system moving into Western Washington is filtering in enough cold air to make snow possible in an area that typically doesn’t see too much of it. Waking up to the snow stuck to fire escapes and front steps, Seattleites started posting a flurry of snow day photos to Twitter.

Read the full story here.

—Sydney Brownstone


Scenes from a snowy Seattle

All over the Puget Sound region, people woke up to a white, winter wonderland on Sunday morning. Here’s a look at snowy scenes from around the city.

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