Power Restored, Warmer Temps Predicted & Some Cold Weather Tips


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Icicles on a 737 on Jan. 19, 2012 courtesy Alaska Airlines.

Whew…after more than 14 hours without power due to the unexpected ice storm, the B-Town Blog Home HQ got its electricity restored, and after dusting ourselves off, cleaning up the mess known as “keep the kids warm all night with just a fireplace in an old, drafty house,” we’re finally doing our best to catch up. Here’s the latest weather-related news:

  • Power was restored to parts of Burien Thursday night, just before midnight. However, with the large amount of ice still coating trees and power lines, we suggest you stay prepared – see our list of suggestions below.
  • Highline Public Schools (and most others) are closed today (including West Seattle Montessori School and West Seattle Academy).
  • The National Weather Service says warmer temps are expected today. We remain skeptical as we were TOTALLY SURPRISED BY AN ICE STORM. Luckily, we still have a little pile of firewood left.
  • Flooding may be an issue over the next few days as the snow and ice melt. Clear your storm drains!
  • A fallen tree on Maplewild Ave SW (BTW, this was blocking the road to our Home HQ) has been removed and the road has been reopened. However numerous power outages remain in the Burien area. People who see a downed power line should stay clear and call 911.
  • Burien City Hall and Community Center will open at 10 a.m. today (Friday) due to the inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions.  All Recreation Dept. classes and programs are canceled for the day.
  • Waste Management has not been able to service all Burien customers this week due to the snow. Missed customers can place out twice their regular amount their next collection day at no additional charge.
  • In Normandy Park, Allied Waste residential collection of recycle, yard waste and garbage is suspended today due to inclement weather; critical commercial accounts will be serviced on a limited basis. Residents who are missed due to inclement weather, whose normal collection day is Friday (today) may put up to double the load out on their next regularly scheduled collection day.
  • The Port of Seattle says that all runways are open at Sea-Tac Airport today. No operational impacts are expected with airfield conditions however flight cancellations have occurred. Check with your airline for the status of your specific flight.
  • Alaska Airlines reports “Due to fluctuating weather conditions and forecasts of freezing rain, Alaska Airlines is proactively canceling 50 flights and plans to operate 60 percent of its daily 120 departures Friday, Jan. 20. Details regarding Horizon Air’s operation will be provided tomorrow. Customers traveling on flights into and out of Seattle tomorrow are STRONGLY urged to check www.alaskaair.com before leaving for the airport.”

Here’s the latest ‘Winter Weather Message‘ from the Weather Wonks:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
402 AM PST FRI JAN 20 2012

.WARMER AIR WILL GRADUALLY MOVE NORTH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON THIS MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS WITH TEMPERATURES MODERATING AND PRECIPITATION CHANGING OVER TO ALL RAIN FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH DURING THE DAY. TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING TONIGHT.

ANOTHER STRONG…WET SYSTEM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SEATTLE…OLYMPIA…TACOMA… BREMERTON AND BELLEVUE.

* TIMING….SNOW OR LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE ENDING THIS MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS…NO ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATION. POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATION OF 0.10 INCHES OR LESS.

* MAIN IMPACT…EXPECT WINTER WEATHER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW OCCURRING AT THE SAME TIME. WHILE THE WEATHER WILL BE SIGNIFICANT…THE WORD ADVISORY MEANS THAT LIFE THREATENING WINTER WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED.

Here are some suggestions for staying warm in a power outage:

  • FROM SEATTLE CITY LIGHT:
    • If you experience a power outage, report it to Seattle City Light at (206) 684-3000.
    • Keep doors closed and block drafts to keep the heat you already have inside your home.
    • Dress in warm layers of clothing to keep yourself warm.
    • Keep barbecue grills and electric generators outside. Bringing them indoors can quickly cause fatal buildups of carbon monoxide.
    • Updates on outages are available online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat and on mobile devices at http://m.seattle.gov/light
  • EDITOR’S PERSONAL TIPS:
    • Bundle up – find that long-lost long underwear and ugly sweater. Layer t-shirts underneath until you can’t move your arms.
    • Don’t go out and play in the snow if you have no power – you’ll end up getting all wet with no way to get sufficiently dry. Seriously!
    • Stay together with your family and friends and pull out an old board game. BTB Editor Scott Schaefer played an epic, marathon bout of ‘Monopoly’ in front of the fire with his family for most of Thursday, and time seemingly flew by (BTW, the game was determined to be a 4-way draw after 6-7 hours!).
    • Make sure you have plenty of firewood ready to burn. If not, find some downed branches and break them into small pieces, then pray to the steaming, hissing wooden moisture gods that they’ll actually burn. Or find bits of your old Christmas tree. Or go knock on the door of your neighbor’s house – you know, the only one in the neighborhood with the lights still on, and the humming of a generator in the back?

Here’s the latest weather forecast:

Today: Occasional snow and freezing drizzle before 10am, then rain. Snow level 200 feet rising to 3700 feet. High near 40. North wind at 11 mph becoming west southwest. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. Low around 40. South southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 22 and 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 14 mph.

Sunday: Rain. High near 44. South southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Sunday Night: Rain. Low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Tuesday: Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Wednesday: Rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Wednesday Night: Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 37.

Thursday: Showers. Cloudy, with a high near 48.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi Scott – how are the roads getting to Three Tree Point today? I’m still trying to get my family to the vacation rental.

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    • I don’t personally know as I haven’t been on the roads since Tuesday, but Maplewild looks bare and wet where we are, so my guess is that it’s passable today!

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