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Snow forecast scaled back, schools canceled

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Seattle Public Schools have chosen to close tomorrow due to the looming forecast that predicted up to 14 inches in some lowland areas. That forecast has since been scaled back, as Cliff Mass reports on his blog. However, he mentions how difficult it is to know how the storm will play out.

From Cliff:

The latest series of model runs are in and to me they suggest we need to scale snow totals down over Puget Sound to 2-6 inches.  In other words, not a record even over the PS area..  Folks this is a very difficult forecast.  Everything depends on getting the track of the low exactly right…first to decide where the rain/snow changeover will be and secondly to get the amount of precipitation right.

As many of you have probably noticed, the snow was spotty in some areas, and downright blizzard-like just a few miles away. The storm that will hit tomorrow morning will likely be more widespread, and many city services have prepared.

Here is a list of services and their advisories, put together by our sister site, My Ballard:

  • Seattle Public Utilities is advising customers to treat Wednesday as a normal garbage day, but collections are weather-dependent.

    Please put your garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste out by 7 a.m. Wednesday. If your collection is missed, please leave your materials out for one more day. 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 today, Tuesday, Jan. 17, should set out your materials for pickup Wednesday morning. If your material is not picked up Wednesday, please set it out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day.

    Customers who were missed Monday, Jan. 16, should set your materials 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 buses will be on snow schedules again tomorrow and up to 30 routes canceled. The routes scheduled to be canceled for Wednesday are: 2EX, 38, 42, 45, 46, 51, 53, 79, 114, 161, 162, 175, 192, 193, 197, 205, 210, 215, 216, 219, 224, 237, 251, 268, 277, 316, 355, and the Center Park Shuttle.

    Information about these Wednesday route cancellations will be added to Metro’s snow page after midnight tonight. But, service on those routes could be restored depending on overnight weather forecasts and actual travel conditions tomorrow. So before traveling, riders should check either online or by phone (206-553-3000) for the most current status of Metro service.

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