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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Seattle area is a winter wonderland

The snow and ice have largely immobilized the greater Puget Sound region, creating road conditions that are simply awful and bringing many daily activities to a halt.

Dozens upon dozens of school districts have canceled classes, including Lake Washington and Seattle Public Schools (just the tip of the icicle). Bellevue Community College has shut down. Western Washington University remains closed. UW Bothell suspended all morning classes and UW Tacoma suspended operations for the day. UW Seattle is still operating normally.

Many roads and highways are closed in some areas due to extremely hazardous conditions. If you must leave your home, do so with extreme caution and check the latest advisories.

King County Metro has issued an advisory this morning warning riders to expect service delays or no service at all:
As of Tuesday morning, most Metro Transit buses are operating on a limited schedule because snow and ice is making driving conditions difficult throughout King County. When buses are on adverse weather routing, Metro revises its service to bypass hazardous and hilly streets. Passengers should check paper timetables and online schedules for the adverse weather routing for their particular bus route. See Metro Online for more information.
Sound Transit also has a few rider alerts:
Due to inclement weather and lingering bad road conditions in Snohomish County, ST Express Route 513 will not operate on Tuesday, November 28. The remaining ST Express routes operated by Community Transit (510, 511, 532 and 535) will run on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, November 28. ST Express Route 532 will operate hourly during peak hours only.
The Washington State Patrol's latest advice mirrors ours from last night: Just stay home and relax. Don't try to go anywhere.

Incredibly, some of the region's major highways remained jammed well past 2 AM last night. Some drivers had been on the road for more than seven or eight hours.

The authorities cannot keep up with the number of vehicles that have spun out and gotten stuck. Last night the state Patrol only had enough officers to deal with crashes involving injuries. If you got stuck but weren't hurt, then no help would be forthcoming anytime soon.

Thousands are still without power though utilities are working to fix outages.

If you thought last night was bad enough, tonight will be colder and more snow is expected later today. Tomorrow could forseeably be even worse. If that turns out to be the case, the same advice goes:

Just stay home and relax. Build a snowman, go sledding, have a snowball fight. (There's even enough powder to build snow forts).

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