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Goodbye to the ice, hello the deluge: UPDATE 3.62 inches overnight

January 16th, 2017 by Mike

Update Jan. 18th: Rainfall overnight at the official Maple Leaf Life South weather station: 3.62 inches.

That’s a lot.

In  November 2015 we reported 1.79 inches.

In March 2014 we got 1.53 inches.

One day in December 2010 we got 2.85 inches.

The forecast is for another half-inch of rain today, and a quarter-inch overnight.

It won’t hit freezing tonight, according to the National Weather Service here, and Tuesday will warm into the upper 40s.

And it will rain.

Locally, the forecast is for perhaps an inch of rain Tuesday and another half-inch Wednesday.

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Snow, ice deter burglars, car thieves

January 21st, 2012 by Mike

Apparently snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures are good influences on criminals.

At right is the police crime map for the past week, since snow started falling last Saturday, Jan. 14.

That’s a home burglary and a commercial burglary in the middle, a couple of shopliftings at the top, and a car prowl at the bottom.

By comparison, the map for the previous week is below.

This also happened in November of 2010, when we wrote “it appears nobody wants to be a burglar when it’s 20 degrees out and very easy to track your footsteps in the snow.”

The map comparison isn’t exact. It can take a while for police reports to show up on the map, so there are almost certainly crimes that we’re not aware of.

One we do know about, and don’t see on either map, is an apartment break-in near Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way.

It occurred on Friday, January 13, probably between 8 a.m and noon. The front door was damaged.

There was also a scary moment on Wednesday night, January 11, when a home owner in the 900o block of Fifth Avenue Northeast called 911 to report finding an unknown man inside his home.

According to the police report:

He arrived home around1230 hrs today and got into the shower. Shortly after starting his shower he heard a loud crashing sound, he got out to investigate. He stepped outside the bathroom, as he glanced towards the kitchen he saw an unknown W/M standing in middle of the kitchen. The male was described as possibly white or mixed race (olive complexion), 6’2″ tall, clean shaven, around 200lbs, wearing blue jeans, blue jacket, and had on white tennis shoes.

The homeowner yelled at the man, who ran out his kitchen door and into the backyard, shouting “I’m going to kill you,” according to the report. The suspect then got into a gray 1990s Honda Accord and drove off down an alley, police said.

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Ice storm warning in effect now – travel "severely impacted"

January 19th, 2012 by Mike

3 p.m.: 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on top of the ice today, for a total storm total topping 7 inches.

City urges residents to get home before dark.

2 p.m.: National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory until 4 a.m. Friday.

Noon: We now have a half-inch of new snow atop the ice atop the old snow.

Cliff Mass has posted: “Well folks, this is not my profession’s finest hour.”

Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 88th Street at noon.

Traffic is light, but moving readily on both arterials and side streets. The Maple Leaf Community Council, though, has posted on Facebook that roads are in the worst condition since the the snow started.

KIRO-TV has set up shop at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street and is using the snow on the hood of Kristine’s Honda Civic to show conditions. (Thanks for the photo, Kristine!)

Igloo at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 94th Street, by Café Piccolo.

9:30 a.m.: Maple Leaf has a quarter-inch of ice on top of a half-foot of old snow. And it’s now snowing steadily.

Icy limbs over power lines.

8:45 a.m.: Local road update on the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook page. Bottom line – ice.

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware: “We are CURRENTLY CLOSED due to the extraordinarily icy conditions. We are waiting to see how things develop before deciding whether to open.”

11 a.m.: One Two Sea-Tac runways now open. But massive delays.

5:45 a.m. The three runways at Sea-Tac airport are closed because of the icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon 2 p.m.:

ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN

INCH THIS MORNING. MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL WILL BE SEVERELY IMPACTED.

POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.

Seattle Public Libraries are closed today due to the extreme weather conditions.

Metro continues on weather routes. Check this site for changes to your bus route.

See snow plow routes here.

Live traffic cams here.

Garbage collection has been postponed by at least a day.

From Cliff Mass this morning: “Over the past day and particularly this morning, something relatively unusual and, quite frankly, dangerous is going on outside–a freezing rain/sleet storm.”

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Ice storm warning in effect now – travel “severely impacted”

January 19th, 2012 by Mike

3 p.m.: 1.5 inches of snow have fallen on top of the ice today, for a total storm total topping 7 inches.

City urges residents to get home before dark.

2 p.m.: National Weather Service issues Winter Weather Advisory until 4 a.m. Friday.

Noon: We now have a half-inch of new snow atop the ice atop the old snow.

Cliff Mass has posted: “Well folks, this is not my profession’s finest hour.”

Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 88th Street at noon.

Traffic is light, but moving readily on both arterials and side streets. The Maple Leaf Community Council, though, has posted on Facebook that roads are in the worst condition since the the snow started.

KIRO-TV has set up shop at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street and is using the snow on the hood of Kristine’s Honda Civic to show conditions. (Thanks for the photo, Kristine!)

Igloo at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 94th Street, by Café Piccolo.

9:30 a.m.: Maple Leaf has a quarter-inch of ice on top of a half-foot of old snow. And it’s now snowing steadily.

Icy limbs over power lines.

8:45 a.m.: Local road update on the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook page. Bottom line – ice.

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware: “We are CURRENTLY CLOSED due to the extraordinarily icy conditions. We are waiting to see how things develop before deciding whether to open.”

11 a.m.: One Two Sea-Tac runways now open. But massive delays.

5:45 a.m. The three runways at Sea-Tac airport are closed because of the icy conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon 2 p.m.:

ICE ACCUMULATIONS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS TWO TO FOUR TENTHS OF AN

INCH THIS MORNING. MAIN IMPACT…TRAVEL WILL BE SEVERELY IMPACTED.

POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.

Seattle Public Libraries are closed today due to the extreme weather conditions.

Metro continues on weather routes. Check this site for changes to your bus route.

See snow plow routes here.

Live traffic cams here.

Garbage collection has been postponed by at least a day.

From Cliff Mass this morning: “Over the past day and particularly this morning, something relatively unusual and, quite frankly, dangerous is going on outside–a freezing rain/sleet storm.”

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