The snow-covered lawns at the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden next to the Ballard Locks are roped off with yellow caution tape. Turns out, people were sledding and trampling the lawn and garden beds. So this morning, crews put up signs and taped off a big portion of the botanical garden. The walkways, however, […]
11 p.m. update: If you’ve walked outside, you’ve noticed the blistering cold weather and suddenly icy conditions: walkways and roadways that were once packed snow are now hard, slick surfaces. SDOT has 21 trucks working through the night to plow, sand and de-ice “priority routes,” which include Market St., 24th Ave., 15th Ave., 8th Ave. […]
The threat of snow followed by a verifiable snow event today is a mixed blessing for Ballard businesses. We just returned from a walk around Ballard Ave. and Market St., and the sidewalks were nearly empty. Some shops we spoke with told us the weather has put a damper on business. A handful of shops […]
1:45 p.m. update: A message from King County Metro Transit: “In order to safely transport as many passengers as possible, King County Metro Transit will be focusing on core service on major routes for the afternoon commute and the rest of Thursday. Due to deteriorating travel conditions, Metro will cancel or severely reduce service on […]
12:45 p.m. update: The snow is still falling, and the wind is kicking up, which is creating mini-blizzards as snow falls from trees and rooftops. We drove through Ballard’s surrounding neighborhoods to snap some photos. All in all, traffic is moving smoothly, but the roads are still very slick. This is Fremont Ave. going down […]
The meeting scheduled tonight at Adams Elementary school to pick the playground equipment has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled for sometime the beginning of January. We’ll post an update when we get it.
10:05 a.m. update: Snow is still falling and the accumulations are starting to stack up. Nearly two inches now in East Ballard. (Let us know how much snow you have in comments below.) And forecasters say snow showers will continue well into the afternoon. We drove around the area a second time, and the snow […]
7:45 a.m. update: It’s snowing steadily again, and the morning commute is a big mess (520 is shut down, 405 is stopped, I-5 is a sheet of ice.) Here in Ballard, traffic is moving very slowly but safely so far along the routes that SDOT has sanded and de-iced. We drove around and snapped some […]
10:15 p.m. update: Still no snow yet, but the latest forecast from KING 5’s Jeff Renner begins with the exclamation, “Not over yet!” The general consensus is 1 to 3 inches by Thursday morning. You may be a little skeptical, and for good reason. Facing a forecast of 2 to 5 inches of snow in […]
Update: The National Weather Service says a significant snow event is in the forecast for Wednesday, bringing 2 to 6 inches of snow to the Puget Sound lowlands (see .pdf forecast). Other forecasts vary, with KING’s Jeff Renner predicting a wide-ranging “trace to 5 inches” over the course of the day. The snow is expected […]
While a few neighborhoods like West Seattle have been slipping and sliding, Ballard has emerged without any significant weather impact so far (other than Seattle Public Schools District starting two hours late today.) In fact, shoppers made a respectable showing over the weekend despite the cold, much to the delight of Ballard businesses. But a […]
Forecasters are predicting the coldest stretch of weather since December 1990, when hundreds of pipes burst, flooding homes across the region. Temperatures are not expecting to get above freezing all week — on Thursday, the high is not expected to get above the mid-20s. Brrrr.
“Homeowners and businesses can save themselves a lot of heartache and expense if they take steps — right now — to winterize their pipes,” said Joe Mickelson with Seattle Public Utilities. “The alternative to acting now could be the cost of a plumber’s visit and huge repair bills for flood damage.” Read SPU’s important list of winterizing tips below: