Snow storm live blog

Snow storm live blog

As snow falls across the Western Washington area Wednesday, we'll keep tabs of news events as they happen here:

10:50 p.m.: In response to power outages and dropping temperatures in east Pierce County, the Emergency Operations Center has opened a shelter at Evergreen Presbyterian Church, 10118 249th St. E., Graham, WA 98338.

9:52 p.m.: About 3,000 Tacoma Power customers still do not have power after a major outage affected more than 24,000 customers around 6 p.m. 

9:01 p.m: Power has been restored to 7,600 Tacoma Power customers in south Pierce County. 15,500 customers are still in the dark.

8:45 p.m.: According to officials from Washington State Patrol, troopers in Thurston and Pierce Counties have responded 255 crashes today.

8:07 p.m.: Sea-Tac Airport operations are back to normal, with clear and bare runways. The airport does not expect any impacts for tomorrow's operations

7:16 p.m.: Tacoma Public Utilities says power is out for 24,254 customers in South Pierce County area. Six crews headed out to fix problem.

7:01 p.m.: These photos really show how much snow fell in Olympia.

6:24 p.m.: Snohomish County PUD says 7,000 customers are without power, mostly in the northern and eastern parts of the county. The outages were caused by broken branches on power lines. Restoration and tree-trimming crews are out trying to fix the problems.

6:10 p.m: Avalanche crews are monitoring the slopes above Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass tonight after a natural snowslide covered part of the shoulder and the right eastbound lane near milepost 51.

5:14 p.m.: KOMO photographer Eric Jensen put together this great timelapse video of his drive through Seattle in the snow:

4:56 p.m: Seattle garbage pickup is now operating on a one-day delay. That means, weather permitting, Wednesday customers will have their garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste picked up Thursday, and Thursday customers will have a Friday pickup, and the plan is for Friday customers to be picked up on Saturday.

4:30 p.m.: Seattle School District among many who have canceled classes for Thursday.

4:24 p.m.: Report from the hills of Auburn: Freezing rain for past two hours, ice accumulations of abotu 1/2"

4:23 p.m.: Pierce County warns of urban flooding when the snow begins to melt.

4:21 p.m.: Time lapse video of the 7" of snow that fell in Bonney Lake today:

3:33: Freezing rain reports still out there. Report from Redmond is freezing rain and 30.4 degree temperature. Radar shows Convergence Zone still keeping light snow/sleet/freezing rain around Sound.

3:31 p.m.: Weight of snow too much for this carport in Olympia: 

2:23 p.m.: Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without a video of someone jumping into a lake during a snowstorm.

2:00 p.m.: Awning at Olympia marine store collapses under weight of snow:

1:45 p.m.: National Weather Service compiles list of snow totals they have received. Chehalis the "winner" at 17.0" of new snow. Olympia Airport's 13.0" of snow is third most on record.

1:18 p.m.: Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland Spokesman Greg Brewis tells the AP that the weight of Wednesday's snow caused cracks to appear in the ceiling of the building that houses the swimming pool.

The building was evacuated as a precaution. Brewis says structural engineers are taking a look and there is no imminent danger of the building collapsing.

1:13 p.m.: At least this guy never has to worry about abandoning his car on an icy hill. Spotted near Dexter & Republican in Seattle:

1:11 p.m.: Freezing rain now reported in Kent, Samammish and Puyallup. Take care -- freezing rain can make any icy layer on roads very quickly!

12:37 p.m.: It's not all misery out there. Kids and adults alike were having fun at Forest Park in Everett, but there was one very close call we managed to catch on video: 

12:12 p.m: Poor Ichiro, he's up to his neck in snow now! From Dr. Dale Ireland's web camera in Silverdale.

12:03 p.m.
: Buses are doing their best downtown, but even on snow routes it's not always easy going. Here's a quick clip of crews chaining up buses on 3rd Avenue:

11:57 a.m.: KOMO's Tracy Vedder just sent in this clip from I-5 near Olympia. It's tough out there, so stay off the roads if you can.

11:55 a.m: Tweet from King County Metro: "Snowfall is not over yet. Please limit travel if at all possible. Some buses can't do complete snow routing due to road conditions."

11:40 a.m.: Just minor delays reported at Sea-Tac, but check out this photo just in:

11:20 a.m.: Fire officials on scene of a partial commercial awning collapse due to snow load in the 100 blk of S Meridian St, downtown Puyallup. No injuries reported.

10:50 a.m.: Snoqualmie Pass has reopened

10:43 a.m.
: Officials say state troopers have responded to 736 collisions in the last 24 hours. In the same 24-hour period last year they responded to just 83 collisions.

10:35 a.m.: Pacific Science Center exhibits are closed today. Their two IMAX theaters are open but starting late.

10:26 a.m.: Past 24 hours WSP troopers in district 7 (Snohomish, Skagit Island, Whatcom Counties) have responded to 141 collisions. Mainly speed related.

10:23 a.m.: Power has been restored to most of Ocean Shores and all of Oyhut. About 1100 customers impacted by an outage early this morning remain without power but the problem, a leaning power pole, has been isolated.

10:09 a.m.: WSDOT says Snoqualmie Pass will be closed at 10:15 a.m. for avalanche control

9:35 a.m.: Lewis County reports they are chaining up the snow plows.

9:09 a.m.: WSDOT says overpasses in Tacoma are starting to freeze up.

9:07 a.m.: Kent is opening a severe weather shelter at Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave South.

9:06 a.m.: Lots of transit disruptions in Thurston County due to the snow. Latest info from Intercity Transit >>

9:01 a.m.: Kitsap County Courts and Government Closed today

8:57 a.m.: City of Everett says they've plowed 133 miles of roads and used 312 yards of sand.

8:52 a.m.: Grays Harbor PUD is responding to an outage impacting all 6,700 customers of Ocean Shores and Oyhut. The cause has not been determined yet and there is no estimated time for restoration of power at this time.

8:32 a.m.: Olympia is still getting hit hard by snow. Officials say the city's plows are  focusing on lifeline roads. Read more >>>

8:30 a.m.: It's snowing here, but this storm is all rain and wind for the Oregon coast. Some gusts as of 8 a.m.: 110 mph at Cape Foul, 99 mph at Cape Blanco, 84 mph at Lincoln City and 70 mph at Newport.

8:23 a.m.: City of Tacoma says drivers with two-wheel drive vehicles are advised to stay off hilly roadways in Tacoma this morning

8:21 a.m.:
Waste Management says gargabe collection suspended in several cities, including Seattle.

7:53 a.m.: Trooper Keith Leary says I-5 and other highways in Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit Counties are very slick. Here's a picture he just sent: 

7:37 a.m.: Due to continued weather conditions and forecasts, Mason Transit has suspended all service.

7:35 a.m.: Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill says troopers are dealing with 20 collisions in Thurston and Pierce County spread out on I-5 and other state highways.

7:15 a.m.: From City of Olympia: As of 6:30 am today ALL HILLS ARE CLOSED EXCEPT Lakeridge Dr, Evergreen Park to Deschutes  (Court House Hill)  and Harrison Hill.  However crews are consistently evaluating it to ensure it is safe for drivers. 

7:00 a.m.:  Grays Harbor PUD says it is dealing with an outage impacting 2,800 customers. Cause is not known, but officials say its likely weather related. No ETA for restoration of service.

6:56 a.m.:  Garbage, yard waste and recycling collection has been delayed in Seattle due to dangerous road conditions.  Today’s missed customers should set out their materials Thursday  by 7 a.m.  If your materials still have not been collected by the end of the day Thursday, put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day.

6:54 a.m.: Some snow totals as reported by National Weather Service spotters: 15" Curtis, 13" Napavine, 11.5" Napavine, 4" Federal Way. Others: 7" Shelton, 9" Lacey, 2" Redmond

6:44 a.m.: National Weather Service maintains Winter Storm Warning for much of area until 8 p.m. Forecasted totals jump to 10-20" for Southwestern Washington but 8-16" in Chehalis Valley and Olympia. Still generally 4-8" as a general guide for the Puget Sound region, with the higher amounts forecasted for the south Sound, foothills and Kitsap.

6:27 a.m.:
Some recent snow totals in via Twitter and Facebook: 2" Lake Meridian, 5" Key Peninsula, 1" Bremerton, 13" Napavine,

6:19 a.m.: Cinebar in Lewis County checks in with 18" snow total.

6:18 a.m.
: State Patrol reports several spin-outs and cars in ditches in Pierce/Thurston County areas. Most collisions have been on I-5 in Tacoma and along SR-512.

6:15 a.m.: Seattle opens Joint Operations Center for emergencies. Latest information from city of Seattle at

6:01 a.m.:Cleanscapes says no residential garbage collection for Wednesday for their Shoreline and Des Moines customers.

5:36 a.m.:: The following Kent roads are closed in both directions between the intersections listed - Closed: James Street from 98 Ave S to Central Ave / Closed: "Old" S 208th St from 96 Ave S to 92 Ave S / Closed: 42nd Ave from Hampton Wy to about S 262 St / Closed: S 248 St from 98 Ave S to 94 Ave S. Crews are working to keep these routes open at this time: Canyon Drive, 212th St to SR 167, and the 277h Corridor.

5:33 a.m.:: Pierce County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 18, due to hazardous driving conditions resulting from the snowstorm. Only public safety and other designated essential staff should report to work.

5:31 a.m.: Reports of 10+ inches of snow already in Olympia. General 2-4 inches reported across Tacoma, Kent, Tukwila and Sea-Tac Airport.

5:27 a.m.: King County reports several county-administration-related closures, including District and Superior Courts:

5:11 a.m. Early reports from Roads Operations at Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Department are observing snowfall at about one inch per hour, with predictions that it will remain that way until midday today. All Public Works trucks, 36 plow trucks and five motor graders, are removing snow from arterial routes. With the current rate of snowfall, the snow plows will need to continue to clear the main arterials and most likely will not get to the secondary roads until the snow subsides. Falling trees from the heavy snow may also delay road clearing.

4:24 a.m. Allied Waste and Republic Services says all garbage, recycling and yard waste collection is suspended for Wednesday. Customers can put out a double load next week at no additional charge.