5:45pm: What a day! Here’s a last upload of photos from people enjoying the snow today.
Snow-salmon sculpture, photographed by Wayne in Bergen Place:
Another, more classic, snow sculpture by Ming:
A very snowy Ballard street, by Penni:
Rachel’s snowy display, embracing Seattle Snowpocalypse:
Frances, showing us all how hard the Seattle postal workers are working…
Hee, making wise choices:
Maggie found this particularly sour-looking snow person:
And, Serena’s dog, dressed for the occasion:
High-vis snowman, by Gail:
1:30pm: Plenty of great snow photos coming in — here are the latest, including a PSA from Patty about a big snowball fight, scheduled for 3pm at the Zoo park at 59th and Phinney…
Here’s one from Cindy on a morning walk:
Here’s Shilshole, from Leslie:
And, one from Monica’s Ballard apartment building:
Robert sent this, of some epic sledding down 65th:
And, Ming’s very content-looking dog having a sit-down in the deep snow…
Patti sent us this one at 85th, at the top of Golden Gardens Drive:
11am: The sledding is on! Here’s a shot of 65th…
— Marshall Greer (@mgreeriii) February 9, 2019
10:30am: Several businesses have opted to keep their doors shut today, but we’re striving to make a list of the options if you’re venturing out. Here are the businesses we know about so far (please let us know if you’re aware of more – email us or respond in the comments below!):
Most grocery stores, including New Seasons, are open. New Seasons employee Sasha wrote to let us know that a number of employees live within walking distance, so they could make it to work.
“Some teams have limited people (prepared foods), but we still have produce, fresh bread (out of sandwich bread), some milk and eggs, and shelf-stable staples,” she writes. “We probably won’t be open past dark, but if readers need anything, I encourage them to make a visit.”
If you need a hot drink, Fiore Sunset Hill is open, owner Michelle Maclise tells us. We’ve also heard from My Ballard Group members that the following businesses are open: Take 5 Urban Market, Bitterroot (open at 11), Heritage Distilling Co (noon to 4pm), The Dish, Caffe Umbria, Rosselini’s Bakery, Reuben’s Brews, and — this one’s impressive — Miri’s at Golden Gardens.
Paula says Classic Consignment will also be open Saturday from 11 to 3-ish. “We will have hot chocolate and a sale on winter coats and sweaters. If you are going stir crazy come by and say hi to Sue and Noreen.”
And, for a bit of fun, some casual skiing down 60th…
— Gunjan Bolton (@gwelkar) February 9, 2019
8:45am: Get out the sleds and hot chocolate: snowmageddon seems to have delivered, with a fresh blanket of snow over Seattle. Morning snowfall reports range from 3 to 6 inches in our area, and the traffic cameras show barely a soul out on the roads.
The snowy night caused a few incidents around Ballard — at 9:45pm, Silver (aka Lauri Miller) heard on the scanner that sagging wires set a tree on fire at 2440 NW 57th St. And, just before midnight, a metro bus was stranded and blocking traffic at 6th Ave NW and NW Market St.
King County Metro has activated their Emergency Snow Network at 4am, which means only 60 routes and shuttles will be in service today on “higher-ridership corridors depending on road conditions.” More info on available routes and shuttles is here.
If you need to get around, check out SDOT’s Winter Weather map that shows plowed/treated roads and obstacles in the city.
There are a couple organized sledding parties happening around the neighborhood: the hill on 65th coming down from Phinney will likely have some sledders, and one very organized neighbor, Austin Ruf, put together this map for Loyal Heights sledders:
Michelle posted the below photo of downtown Ballard in the My Ballard Group this morning (plus the featured photo above):
And, Erin posted this one of her very snowy boat down by the Ship Canal:
And, here’s one from Jeremy:
Kristen took the below photos of downtown Ballard, just before the sun came up:
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