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Major snow event in the forecast

January 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Winter weather is not letting up in Seattle, and forecasters are warning of a “major snow event” in the area through Wednesday.

Highway 518 near Sea-Tac airport on Sunday afternoon

As sister site My Ballard reports, the National Weather Service is calling for a historic snowstorm to move through on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Snowfall amounts at Seatac could exceed anything seen since November 1985, a top five record 24-hour snowfall amount,” writes the NWS on this forecast discussion. How much? Anything from 6-14 inches in the immediate Seattle area.

Here are a few useful resources:

  • SDOT has this Winter Weather Response map:  During a winter storm, SDOT sends out a fleet of vehicles equipped with GPS tracking systems. Some vehicles have a plow blade; others have de-icing or spreader equipment. The map layers show the recent path of vehicles that have been dispatched to respond to the winter weather event, by time frame and type of equipment.
  • There is also the SnowWatch website (screen grab above) that shows current temperatures, estimated snowfall and temperature trends.
  • King County Metro hasn’t announced any changes for Tuesday. Check their website here for updates. We will also update this post.
  • Seattle Public School officials will monitor conditions and make a decision on whether schools will be open in the morning. Again, other Seattle neighborhoods got hit hard – Capitol Hill received about 5 inches – so the decision will be made based on a district-wide conditions.

As a reminder, residents and shopkeepers are required by city code to clear the sidewalk in front of their home/business.