#snOMG, the 2010 hashtag for this years Seattle snow storm.
Now I understand, our “storms” are weak. But we’re often unprepared for icy devastations. Few snowplows, not enough salting, too many hills to count, and drivers that are unaccustomed to such conditions. Which resulted in 40 minute commutes turning into 10 hour commutes yesterday, mine was a measly 2.5 hour commute on what is normally 30 minutes. Then there were people who were stranded when buses never came. I heard about some people taking strandees in and having sleepovers. 🙂
I-5, the main drag around Seattle was a parking lot. Abandoned cars, batteries dying, no gas, no food, no bathrooms, jackknifing buses, and medical emergencies were what ruined that route. They had emergency crews out there to help those in need. For an upbeat Twitter summary, you can read @paolojr who was one of those with a 10 hour commute last night, getting home at 2:30 am I believe.
Watch this video of cars sliding down one of the hills in Capitol Hill I believe, especially minute 2-4 as there’s a bus that slides sideways down the hill.
Some people were hit especially badly, all of Kitsap County may not have power restored until Friday. No Thanksgiving for them! More importantly, no heat. Brrrrr.
Apparently the Seattle Metro has over 200 buses out of commission due to collisions, fires, or being stranded. It’s a nightmare, and of course people are yappin’ about our need for a subway. We do have the Light Rail, not really useful for most of Seattle though. But “someday” it will be. Ha. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Here’s a series of photos of the snowy Seattle area which, by the way, is absolutely gorgeous when it snows.
Here’s some commute stories from last night, I feel so bad for these people:
Seriously, you can mock our freak out over a few inches of snow. But even the Midwesterners around here finally admitted that it was bad. Last night was snowy, freezing temperatures, and up to 50 mph winds. Also not awesome for our numerous bridges, water taxis, and ferries.
Me? I get to work from home and hide from the terrors that lie beyond. Actually the main road in front of my house is perfectly fine to drive on right now, but side streets aren’t great. We have to drive down a rather steep hill to get anywhere so we’re sittin’ tight till it’s melted.
In the meantime, share your winter stories!