Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seattle: Ground To A Halt

You know that great scene at the end of Groundhog Day when Bill Murray looks out the window and finally sees snow?

That's what this morning felt like!

(Oddly enough, Andie MacDowell spent the night last night.)

Seattle, region hit with snow; schools closed:
"If Seattle was the doughnut hole in Wednesday's snowstorm, then it looked more like a powdered pancake on Thursday.

Seattle dodged heavy snow Wednesday as surrounding areas were blanketed. The city wasn't so lucky 24 hours later as the winter storm caused slick roads and prompted multiple school closures, including Seattle Public Schools, for the second day in a row.

Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled during this morning's snowstorm in Seattle. The National Weather Service calls it 'thundersnow.'

The thundersnow, heard about 5:30 a.m., was caused by a storm cell moving across Puget Sound."

Thundersnow. Coooool.

"Traffic was a mess on most Puget Sound's major freeways and highways with up to four inches of snow and an inch of ice underneath in some places, Washington State Patrol Trooper Curt Boyle said. State Route 520 was in gridlock as multiple vehicles spun out on the raised portion of the Lake Washington bridge. Troopers were still clearing lanes at 8:30 a.m., he said.

No serious collisions were reported.

'Pretty much if you don't have to go anywhere, don't,' Boyle said."

If you insist.

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