The story hasn’t changed much since Friday, except that we have a lot more snow on the ground than we did before.
Our exclusive backyard snow measurement system here at HQ shows a total accumulation of 12 inches, which is 3 inches more than we had this time yesterday. One small change is that the temperatures are a bit warmer, up to a toasty 30F this morning.
Arterials are packed snow and ice and are guaranteed to be difficult for any vehicles without 4WD or other good traction devices. And the snow has piled up enough that most side streets will be very difficult for normal-sized vehicles. If you’ve got a car parked on the street, it appears that your chances of getting it out are very, very slim. There’s deep snow piled on all sides of vehicles, and it’s in multiple crunchy layers of snow and ice.
We have exactly zero bus service to the neighborhood this morning, with routes 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, and 27 “temporarily suspended.” The #48 is only traveling the north part of its route, going no further south than the U-District. The #14 is also only doing the north part of its route on Capitol Hill, and is not going south of Pike or up Jackson to the CD and Mt. Baker.
If you must get to work today, your best bet will be to walk. The trip downtown will take about an hour and fifteen minutes in these conditions from most parts of the neighborhood, so dress warmly and leave yourself plenty of time.
Stay tuned for further updates. We’ll go out in a few minutes for a walking tour to see how some of the hills are.