Update: 2:10 pm: Neighbors tell me that it is hopping on the top of the Avenue, making it difficult to find parking or to move about. Shoppers are getting in their last minute groceries and preparing for more precipitation to come. Our KING5 weatherguy Rich Marriott has this to say,
“Warm air finally made its way into western Washington this morning bringing a mix of rain and snow showers. However an upper level disturbance will swing inland late tonight. This will draw down some cooler air once again. This should result in another round of snow mainly from about Midnight to 7AM on Christmas Day around Puget Sound but a few hours earlier along the south Coast. “
Update: 6:50 am: It’s been snowing since 4 a.m. or so, and it looks like we have a half inch to an inch of new accumulation so far. Doppler shows we still have more to come. “Christmas Eve will feature a one-two punch,” says KOMO’s Scott Sistek. “Around mid-morning, a stronger storm comes inland to our north.” Total accumulations will be 1-4 inches, and then it will switch to rain. The concern this afternoon: urban flooding, because many of the storm drains are iced over (if you have one near your home, you might want to try to clear it.) Metro has updated their schedule for the day, an I-90 is closed right now near Mercer Island due to an accident, but the other highways and freeways are moving well.
Here’s a tip from Matt, the Engineer, about walking
Be very careful if you need to walk down the hill. I tried three different sets of stairs, starting with the ones by the view park. They are unusable – they started out with packed snow that became rounded with use and now are frozen and slippery. The only route I found was the Counterbalance, which has divots from ski boots (it was covered in skiers yesterday). It’s still slippery, but is much better than the stairs.