Monday’s Snow, School, City, Airport & Other Updates (2008)

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The white blanket is really covering up the Brrrien area today (including the B-Town Blogmobile above), with upwards of over a foot of snow, and here are some updates to keep in mind as you either continue to hunker down or dare to go out:


  • Some flights are resuming, others remain canceled. Best bet is to check the Port of Seattle’s airport website here (note: their website appears to be overloaded so be patient). Here’s a statement from that site: Many airlines have suspended or canceled flights, while others are continuing to operate. Travelers should check with their specific airlines for schedule confirmations or changes. Inclement weather at several other major airports has caused delayed arrivals and departures, causing the airlines to have aircraft at the wrong airports for scheduled flights (i.e. if an expected flight from Denver didn’t arrive at Sea-Tac as scheduled in the evening, it cannot depart in the morning).


  • We’re sure you’re aware of this, but just in case – ALL PUBLIC & PRIVATE CHILDREN’S SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, as it’s now Winter Break.
  • Highline School District’s Admin offices are also CLOSED.
  • South Seattle Community College is CLOSED.
  • Highline Community College is CLOSED.


  • Burien City Hall will be open for limited hours, 10:00am – 2:00pm on Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23. Please check for weather related closures and information.
  • All Burien Parks and Recreation scheduled programs have been canceled for Monday.
  • Road crews continue to plow and sand streets as snow has continued to fall, starting with main arterials and moving to secondary streets when they are able.  More details about priority routes can be found on our Snow & Ice Routes Map [PDF].  Please drive with extreme caution and only if necessary.


  • Normandy Park’s City Hall is CLOSED today due to weather and travel conditions. City Hall will open late on Tuesday, December 23rd at 10:00AM and close at 2PM.
  • Road crews reported most of the main routes have been plowed and sanded.  Please drive with extreme caution and only if necessary.


  • Far as we can tell, both the Burien and White Center library branches are open today from 10am-9pm.
  • More info on library closures available here.


  • Garbage & recycling service has been CANCELED for today; Waste Management says: “Double volume next regular collection day for each missed container” when in fact it would be TRIPLE VOLUME!; more info here:
  • King County District Court will be CLOSED.


  • Once again due to the weather and dangerous driving conditions, King County Metro Transit will be operating approximately half of its normal bus service for Monday, Dec. 22. Information about bus status is available on Metro’s Ice & Snow page, which is updated frequently. You can also call the Metro Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000, but call volumes are high and there may be a wait to talk to a CIO representative.


  • To see live road conditions via webcam feeds, go to our Webcams page.
  • If you haven’t started your car since the snow first fell, you should start it up. Also, wipe off the windshield and do NOT turn on your wipers, unless your windshield is warmed up and there’s no ice around them – turning on frozen windshield wipers can strip the gears and thus ruin them.
  • Make sure your pets are okay. BTB Reader Katie Hicks sends us this email: “Could you please remind people that it is FREEZING outside and they should let their pets that live outdoors IN! It is making me sick to my stomach that I have seen dogs sleeping outside!”

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One Response to “Monday’s Snow, School, City, Airport & Other Updates (2008)”
  1. QVB says:

    “Double volume next regular collection day for each missed container”- I've decided this means that since they missed *last* week, and were therefore going to collect TWO containers this week, then NEXT week we get double that volume, right?? How many weeks of missed collection days, at double the volume each week, does it take for an individual house's garbage volume entitlement equal the volume of the earth? 🙂

    If you know anyone who does all his shopping on Xmas eve, I would encourage him to get on the ball and go Tuesday, instead, earlyish in the day.

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