The latest news curated from around Puget Sound.
December 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM
A chance of snow and freezing drizzle – enough to create hazards for drivers – is on its way, if it hasn’t hit your area already.
Light snow fell early today along parts of the Washington Coast, and the chance of snow flurries in the Puget Sound will increase by mid-morning, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Precipitation is expected to be light, with most of Western Washington getting an inch or less of snow through today and Tuesday. Greater accumulations could occur in the Cascade foothills and in the mountains.
The forecast for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport calls for a chance of snow flurries after 10 a.m. today, and a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and Tuesday.
A greater threat to motorists could come Tuesday evening, with the possibility of freezing drizzle as the atmosphere gradually warms up. Burke said warm, moist air moving in over a cold surface layer of air can create rain that freezes as it falls.
A “Special Weather Statement” issued this morning by the Weather Service notes that even in light amounts, freezing precipitation can cause hazardous conditions on untreated roads and sidewalks.
By late Tuesday night, the cold air mass that’s been sitting on the Puget Sound area for several days is expected to have eroded, with temperatures rising into the 40s beginning Wednesday and running through the weekend.
Low temperatures overnight were 24 at Sea-Tac and 21 at Boeing Field. If that seems cold to you, consider what your friends and relatives east of the Cascades are coping with: Overnight lows of 7 degrees in Pasco, 6 in Ellensburg and Spokane, 4 in Moses Lake and -1 in George.
December 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM
A 24-year-old woman is being held in King County Jail after allegedly running over her husband during a fight that started at an office holiday party on Queen Anne on Saturday, according to Seattle police.
The couple decided to leave the party when they began to argue but continued fighting while at their car, which was parked in a lot in the 2000 block of 15th Avenue West, police said. The husband got out of the car and walked away as things became more heated, police said.
“He then noticed that his wife was maneuvering their black 2004 Mitsubishi Galant toward him so he sheltered behind a small tree at the edge of the parking lot. His wife drove over the tree, struck him with the car and ran over him. She then sped off down the road,” wrote Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel in a post on the SPD Blotter.
A state trooper pulled the woman over when he saw her driving recklessly, police said. Seattle police also responded and booked the woman into jail on investigation of felony domestic violence assault.
King County Jail records show that she was denied bail.
The 34-year-old victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
December 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM
A man was injured when he was attacked by a group of women after he denied a cigarette to one of them, according to Seattle police.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the victim was waiting for a bus at 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle around 1 a.m. on Saturday when he was approached by a woman who asked him for a smoke.
When he refused, the woman became angry and began striking him, police said.
She was then joined in the attack by a group of her friends who struck him with their fists and stole his wallet from his backpack, police said.
The women fled on foot and the man flagged down a King County Metro Police deputy who then called Seattle police, Kappel wrote in the SPD Blotter.
The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspects, for whom descriptions were not provided, remain at large, police said.
December 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Aurora Avenue North will be closed from the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street this weekend for construction, from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
Northbound traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be detoured off the Western Avenue exit, before approaching South Lake Union. Southbound drivers will be encouraged to detour at North 85th Street, long before the full closure.
Crews will be shifting four road lanes of Aurora onto a new bridge that crosses above Mercer Street, which will also be closed.
Another closure is planned Dec. 14-15, to demolish the old Aurora-Mercer overpass.
December 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM
To some, smoking pot freely at Seattle Center was liberating, a step out of the shadows. For others, it was a chance to partake in a little history — and at least one joint the size of a burrito.
The one-year anniversary celebration of legal weed in Washington drew about 400 tokers by 5 p.m., despite the frigid cold. Most of them crowded into a tent in the fenced-off party area, which quickly filled with sweet smoke, making it what’s called in pot parlance a “hot box.”
Alison Holcomb, chief author of the legal pot law, said Hempfest volunteer Nathan Messer asked her, “Is this the largest legal hot box in the world?”
Why not celebrate in the warmth of home with friends?
“That’s like posing the same question to someone in a beer garden,” said Duncan Rolfson, 21, of Tacoma. “It’s more fun to enjoy something social in public.”
“This is kind of history in the making,” said Lauren Donat, 21, of Seattle. “And I want to be able to say to my kids, ‘Isn’t it funny we had to actually fight to do it.’”
December 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m. | All lanes have reopened, according to a tweet from the Seattle Department of Transportation.
ORIGINAL POST | A major emergency response blocked all northbound traffic and parts of southbound traffic at North 103rd Street in Seattle this afternoon, according to tweets from the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Southbound lanes are now moving, but the department has tweeted that it could be a while before the northbound lanes are moving.
December 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM
With the National Weather Service predicting a low temperature of 19 degrees, a number of cold-weather emergency shelters are open tonight throughout King County.
Here is a list of shelters that may be available — those in need should check with the shelters to confirm availability, or call 2-1-1 for help with social-service resources.
December 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM
It took more than two hours for authorities to deal with a crash on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on Friday morning, aggravating thousands of bus riders and drivers entering Seattle from points south.
The collision happened at 6:29 a.m. northbound, between the stadiums and Seneca Street, fire dispatch logs say. Matt Leber, known as Velo Bus Driver, tweeted that he passed a crashed van soon after and saw the airbag deployed and the driver waiting for firefighters. Afterward, a lane was blocked and the van wasn’t towed away until around 8:45 a.m.
Police officers reported that a driver hit a viaduct guardrail and the vehicle spun to face the wrong direction, but there were no injuries, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
Spillover congestion reached Fourth Avenue South and First Avenue South back to Georgetown, also affecting traffic on Interstate 5. King County Metro Transit rerouted its buses a few minutes before 8 a.m., and the RapidRide C Line diverted to the Fourth Avenue South loop ramp, only to be stuck among solo drivers there.
This despite the fact that Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) deploys several Incident Response Team (IRT) trucks and says they can clear freeways in an average of 13 minutes.
The state IRTs can respond to callouts on Highway 99, but they “were fairly slammed” while responding to several other collisions and spinouts, said WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps. While city police didn’t ask the state for help, he said, “We knew there was an incident on 99.”
A Seattle traffic officer called out a private tow truck and waited for it to move the wreck, following normal procedure, said Jamieson. Officers noticed fluid on the road deck, so cleanup could have made the response take longer, he said.
Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer told West Seattle Blog that buses weren’t rerouted immediately because at first they were able to squeeze past the accident scene. Traffic was further crimped by a crash on northbound I-5 at Mercer Street, he said. Marybeth Turner, Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said she herself was caught on a Route 122 bus from Burien for an hour, so had limited details.
Friday evening traffic is also likely to be a mess because of Christmas carolers singing in the street at Westlake Center and a Pearl Jam concert at Key Arena.
December 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM
The Associated Press
SEABECK, Kitsap County — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network director says small quakes recorded overnight under the Hood Canal near Seabeck are routine.
Director John Vidale says they follow a trend of small quakes in the area and are “nothing to get alarmed about.”
He says it was a bit unusual for a 3.4 magnitude quake at 11:55 p.m. Thursday to be followed by several aftershocks.
There was a 1.3 magnitude quake at 12:33 a.m. Friday in the same area about 10 miles west of Pousbo. And there was a 2.8 magnitude quake in the same general location at 4:57 a.m. Friday. The quakes were at a depth of 11 miles.
Dispatchers with the Kitsap and Jefferson county sheriff’s offices say they received no reports the quakes were even felt.
December 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM
After an unusual end to the work week that included snow on the ocean beaches, drier – and chillier – conditions are expected for the rest of the weekend for Western Washington, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Cold north winds drove down temperatures across the region late Friday afternoon, and Burke said that on Friday night into Saturday morning the reading could dip to 19 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 10 degrees lower than the previous night. Other lows: 18 at Everett, 19 at Tacoma and 19 at Olympia.
And Saturday night could be even a few degrees colder, Burke said.
The best chance of snow in the Puget Sound area could come as moisture moves back into the area Monday, but large accumulations are not expected. Warmer air will arrive by Tuesday, with highs of about 39 forecast in the Seattle area, and overnight lows that stay above the freezing level.
More on the frigid weather:
- Emergency shelter information can be found here.
- Tips on winter driving, power outages, protecting pipes and more.
- Cold weather could threaten wine thieves’ haul.
- 7 warm and cozy things to do this weekend.
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