UPDATE: Friday Afternoon Burien Area Snow Info

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“Frozen Downspout” by Scott Schaefer, taken at 11:45am 12/19/08, 3 Tree Point.

12/19/08 1:30pm UPDATE: The Snow Day continues, with the temp still hovering around 29 degrees, and here’s the latest:

  • All schools are still closed. None have re-opened.
  • Buses still operating at low capacity. Walk instead. Check Metro’s “Ice & Snow Status” website (or call 206-553-3000) Metro says they will be providing bus service only on cleared highways and arterial roads, and to major transit centers and park-and-ride lots, with little service on side streets and in smaller neighborhoods. Also check Sound Transit’s website.
  • The City of Burien is still closed.
  • Most roads are still extremely dangerous, but many main ones have been sanded (including Maplewild SW outside our house).
  • Many business are actually open.
  • Many weekend events are still going on – check the Event Calendar on the right sidebar for the latest.
  • Weatherfolk are still predicting another, much-worse storm hitting the area Saturday night/Sunday morning!

From the city’s website:

Burien road conditions are deteriorating. Please drive with 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].


  1. CLOSED: The entrance to SR509 at 5th Ave South @ 11248 North in Boulevard Park due to ICE HAZARD

Due to current road conditions and safety concerns Burien City Hall and the Burien Community Center are closed today. More severe weather is expected over the weekend, including high winds. Please prepare for possible power outages as well as continued cold temperatures.

All Burien Parks and Recreation Programs & Rental are canceled for Friday, December 19th. Call (206)988-3700 for updated information.

Far as we can tell, no garbage/recycling will be collected until next week; from Waste Management’s website:

Due to severe road conditions, we have stopped collection of ALL residential routes in the City of Burien. As such, very few homes were actually collected. We will collect “double the amount” on their next regularly scheduled colleciton day.



… Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of the western Washington lowlands and the Olympics… which is in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.

This developing winter storm will be different from the storm that brought snow to western Washington Wednesday and Thursday. As always happens with snow storms over western Washington… the winds interacting with terrain will determine where the heaviest snow accumulations will occur… as well as which areas will receive very little snow accumulation.

Strong east winds will predominate Saturday through Sunday. This means that the heaviest snow accumulations will most likely be over the Kitsap peninsula and along Hood Canal… where the east winds will enhance the snowfall by creating upslope conditions as they encounter the Olympics. Snow accumulations here could range from 6 inches to a foot and a half.

Another location where east winds may enhance the snow is along the western Strait of Juan de Fuca and the north coast where 6 to 15 inches is possible.

The track of the frontal system across southwest Washington and Oregon means greater snow fall will occur over the southwest part of western Washington. Snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches may be possible over the southwest interior and the central coast. In addition… local sleet and freezing rain is possible as warm air aloft from the system moves overhead. Parts of the immediate coast may change to rain Sunday morning.

There will be a rapid drop off in snow accumulation as you move east and north of central Puget Sound. The strong east winds affecting The Lowlands east of Puget Sound will limit snow accumulations so that anywhere between a trace of snow and two inches is possible. The Seattle-Tacoma Metro area is in the transition zone between the Kitsap peninsula and areas east of Puget Sound… so snow accumulations are especially uncertain.

Total accumulations here through Sunday afternoon could range from a trace to 4 inches.

This storm will be weakest over the northwest interior… and early on in the storm… snow will be light. However snow may pick up later Sunday as the upper level low trailing the main front begins affecting the area. The San Juan Islands and the Admiralty Inlet area including Whidbey Island could see anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of snow.

At this time… the areas that look to be least affected are the Everett area northward through western Whatcom County. These areas have been left out of the Winter Storm Watch for now. Snow accumulations here through Sunday may range from a trace to two inches.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Storm Watch means that heavy snow is possible but not yet certain. The watch functions as advance notice of the possibility of significant snow… allowing people and communities to make preparations ahead of the event. Monitor weather forecasts and Road conditions. Delay travel if possible.

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