We mentioned earlier that snow was expected this afternoon and commutes should be altered accordingly as a precaution. Looks like that’s going to hold true.
The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow in Seattle, beginning after 4 p.m. today and changing to rain after midnight. The National Weather Service is advising that “people should seriously consider finishing their afternoon commute early today if at all possible.” And Metro Transit is warning folks to plan ahead, considering the likelihood that afternoon and evening bus routes will be disrupted.
SDOT has been aggressively pre-treating roadways, elevated structures and city owned pedestrian pathways in preparation for the storm. While pre-treatment work will aid in clearing roadways, the storm’s arrival during the evening rush hour will likely create disruptions.
Motorists can check on current traffic conditions and roadway images on the SDOT Traveler’s Map at: http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers/. While several mass transit agencies have been preparing for early departures, please check with your specific agency for availability. For up-to-date information on the City’s response and roadway conditions, please visit: http://Seattle.gov/transportation/.
As a precaution, the Seattle Public Schools has canceled all after-school activities.
Update: Scratch that about the schools, they’re staying open for after-school activities after all.