UPDATE: 4-5″ Accumulation At 3 Tree Point; + Snow Photos (2008)

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3:30pm UPDATE: Still snowing in Burien (although lighter down near the water) and our own estimate as to accumulation is between 4 and 5 inches, as measured on top of the official Mini Cooper Blogmobile and a backyard table.

Here are some snow photos taken by BTBers Scott Schaefer and Janet Grella:

The sun attempts to break through the snow clouds.

The B-Town Blogmobile suddenly looks edible.

One of Burien's cutest residents shows off her Snowman.

A Metro Access Van got stuck trying to climb SW 160th.

A Metro Access Van got stuck trying to climb SW 160th.

Entering Burien from the West 518 isnt a problem as long as you knew how to drive in the snow.

Entering Burien from the West 518 isn't a problem – as long as you know how to drive in the snow.

Ironically, even though this driver was in an Audi Quattro, he still had to get towed near the 509/518 interchange.

Driving down into the scenery at Three Tree Point was like falling into a holiday postcard.

More snow photos coming soon. If you have some, please either email us directly or add ‘em to our Flickr Group so we can share them.


12:25pm UPDATE: Highline Public Schools is sending its middle and high school students home early; here’s their bulletin:

  • Buses will pick up students at Puget Sound Skills Center at 11:45 a.m. and return them to their high schools.
  • High schools will be dismissed at noon.
  • Middle schools will be dismissed at 12:30.
  • Emergency bus stops will be used on all bus routes.
  • All after-school and evening activities, sports, and events and evening building use have been canceled.
  • Also, we hope to make decisions about tomorrow this evening.

11:25am UPDATE: The snow is still falling (harder now) in and around Burien; looks like we’re close to 2-3 inches down by the water, which usually is half of what’s accumulating up in the main B-Town area; Postal Service has delivered though (nuthin’ stops them), and according to BTB Reader Jenn Ramirez-Robson:

“Road conditions are getting treacherous in and around Burien. 2 inches in Shorewood and cars spinning out everywhere. No one should drive unless they absolutely have to.”

Jenn also alerts us to this rather interesting statement from the Highline School District’s website:

Due to late developing snow, we have closed all elementary schools today. Because weather conditions worsened after secondary students were already in school or en route to school, we have decided to keep all middle schools and high schools open today. We will monitor conditions throughout the day and determine whether an early release is necessary.

School delay or closure decisions are very difficult to make because they must be made very early in the morning with the best information we have at the time. We recognize that schedule changes, especially late-breaking ones, create many difficulties for families and employees. We regret the inconvenience. Please know that we make these decisions with student safety as our primary consideration.

Have some snow photos to share? Please either email us or add ‘em to our Flickr Group so we can share them.

8:48am UPDATE: ALL HIGHLINE GRADE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY, while Middle & High Schools will have a 1-hour delay.

Here’s the latest school info (our source is http://www.schoolreport.org):

    Limited Bus Transportation. No Out-of-District Transport.
  • John F. Kennedy High School: CLOSED
  • St. Francis of Assisi: CLOSED. All Activities Canceled
  • Hamlin-Robinson School: CLOSED
  • Westside School: CLOSED
  • Seattle Public Schools: CLOSED
  • Tukwila Public Schools: CLOSED
  • Federal Way SD: 2 HOURS LATE
    Emergency Bus Routes, No AM Kindergarten, Preschool, or Shuttles. No AM/PM HDST, ECEAP, ELO, or Puget Sound Skills, No Activity Buses, No Elementary Breakfast Programs, No Out-of-District Transportation.

And here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

… Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 am PST this morning…

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Seattle Bremerton area… the Tacoma area… and the Hood Canal area until 10 am PST this morning.

Snow showers will continue this morning then decrease this afternoon. Additional accumulations will be around an inch. North winds pushing southward across the Puget Sound region will converge with pre-existing south winds… causing snow showers to form. In addition… snow showers moving inland from the coast will cross the south part of Puget Sound.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while

Also, if you have to drive anywhere outside of Burien, please don’t – or at least check the webcams below (for latest images refresh your browser window):

Also keep your eye on the Weather Button on the right sidebar for the current temp and any new weather “Advisory.”

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