It’s a Thanksgiving snow plow miracle!

Posted on November 25th, 2010 by Editor


Update: 9:15 a.m.: Snow plows are still traveling Queen Anne hill, de-icing roads for the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving Queen Anne! I have some exciting turkey day news to report: Late last night, while sleepily putting the finishing touches on my pumpkin pie, I heard a strange noise coming from the street. At first I thought another car had attempted to drive up Queen Anne Avenue, despite the ice, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a large SDOT snow plow backing up the Counterbalance.

And by 8 a.m. this morning, the Counterbalance was relatively clear of the icy mess that has made it so dangerous to drive on these last few days (though there are still a few stranded cars that haven’t yet been retrieved).

For those of us who thought we might just be stuck on the hill for Thanksgiving, it’s a tiny miracle, courtesy of the folks over at SDOT!

In other Thanksgiving Day news, there has already been a little snow more snow in Queen Anne today. But the 30 degree temperature is expected to get as high as 40, and bring with it some rain.

If you’re busing to your Thanksgiving meals today, Metro is running on a Sunday schedule on snow routes today, and reduced weekday service tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for snow plows. Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments below.


  • MsFrench

    Thea, sweetie, I’m thankful for YOU and this blog. It’s not only fun and informative, but it also helps keep everyone safe when we all need information and updates about QA weather.

  • MsFrench

    Thea, sweetie, I’m thankful for YOU and this blog. It’s not only fun and informative, but it also helps keep everyone safe when we all need information and updates about QA weather.

  • Tara

    Thank you so much for the blog. This is the only information I could find on the conditions of the QA hill. I have to leave for work at 430AM and wasn’t sure if I would be able to venture down the hill.

    Greatly appreciated.

  • Tara

    Thank you so much for the blog. This is the only information I could find on the conditions of the QA hill. I have to leave for work at 430AM and wasn’t sure if I would be able to venture down the hill.

    Greatly appreciated.

  • Aww! Thank you both—and everyone who visits the site—for reading!

  • Aww! Thank you both—and everyone who visits the site—for reading!

  • Brian

    I’m thankful for plows too (and this site), but ultimately a bit baffled that it took three days! I know, I know, Seattle has snow routes that come first, lots of hills, etc. But Queen Anne Ave is hardly a remote neighborhood street. After this and the 2008 storm, can I conclude that we will average 1 day per inch before our hill gets plowed & salted? Maybe the city should at least sell lift tickets to the sledders to get some revenue…

  • Brian

    I’m thankful for plows too (and this site), but ultimately a bit baffled that it took three days! I know, I know, Seattle has snow routes that come first, lots of hills, etc. But Queen Anne Ave is hardly a remote neighborhood street. After this and the 2008 storm, can I conclude that we will average 1 day per inch before our hill gets plowed & salted? Maybe the city should at least sell lift tickets to the sledders to get some revenue…