Road & School Closures + Burien Snow Photos/Update (2008)

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“Blurry, Snow Bokeh” courtesy Flickr Photog Michael Brunk

Some recaps and updates on this wacky Brrrien snow “event,” which appears to be winding down.

First, this urgent street closure update from the City of Burien, as of 12/18 8pm:

Road conditions
• SW 160th St. closed-Use 8th Ave SW to access Highline Medical Center ER
• Southbound Ambaum Blvd is closed at SW 116th St. One lane is open northbound Ambaum Blvd
• 1st Ave S from SW 152nd St to SW 156th is currently CLOSED
• SW 156th St from 1st Ave SW to 4th Ave SW is currently CLOSED

Burien road conditions are deteriorating. Please drive only if necessary and with extreme caution

Road crews concentrate on getting and keeping primary routes (like 1st Ave S) plowed. Once the snow stops and the primary routes are clear, crews move to the secondary routes and then neighborhood roads. Following the plows are the sanders to provide traction on the ice. Snow plows’ rubber blades do not remove ice.More details about priority routes can be found on our Snow & Ice Routes Map [pdf].

Secondly, tomorrow’s school closures (Fri.12/19) – far as we can tell, every school is closed, so have fun kids:

  • Highline Public Schools: CLOSED
  • Seattle Public Schools: CLOSED
  • John F. Kennedy High School: CLOSED
  • St. Francis of Assisi: CLOSED
  • Hamlin-Robinson School: CLOSED
  • Westside School: CLOSED
  • Tukwila Public Schools: CLOSED
  • Federal Way School District: CLOSED

Here’s the updated, yet sadly “expired” winter weather advisory (as of 6:19pm 12/18):

... Winter Weather Advisory for Everett and vicinity… the Seattle and Bremerton areas… and the Admiralty Inlet area has expired

The Winter Weather Advisory for snow is no longer in effect. The snow showers had ended or tapered off to flurries… thus additional significant snowfall accumulation was unlikely.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Those planning travel in the advisory area should be prepared for hazardous… winter driving conditions.

And now, some of our personal observations from today:

  • This afternoon, we drove to and from Sea-Tac Airport safely, but slowly (and saw lots of idiots speeding around in their SUVs…d’oh!)
  • In our ‘hood, we saw a dude snowboarding behind a truck (w/no helmet of course). That’s right – the kid was being towed by the truck, sliding around pretty quickly.
  • Another guy was cruising around in a snowmobile, towing his kids’ sled behind (if he had a glowing red schnauze we woulda yelled “Slow down Rudolph!”)
  • Favorite snow prank of the day: telling our kids to stand under a snow-covered tree and look up under the branches closely (“there’s something really cool up there”), then tossing a snowball into the branches, thus causing the accumulated snow to fall onto said children’s faces…ha.

Here are some more BTB Reader pics:

Photographic proof that 5 inches of snow fell in Seahurst Thursday; photo courtesy Stephanie Breslin, who says: “My boyfriend was measuring the snow to let me know how much had fallen since yesterday…not very scientific but I thought it was fun…”

Photo by Carol Morrison, who says: “Chico is the black cat and Nico is the grey cat. I live on 164th Place, which is parallel to Maplewild; we usually have a nice view of Vashon Island but not today!”

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2 Responses to “Road & School Closures + Burien Snow Photos/Update (2008)”
  1. joon says:

    Please update the road conditions out there and weather forecast until Jan 3rd 2009. Planning to celebrate New Years out there in Burien area!

    Thank you for your blog site!

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  2. Rob says:

    This is a ripoff kids should be able to go to school in any kind of weather!!!!

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