Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Snow on Island Crest Way

There are cars littered all over i-90, most of them parked quite orderly at the side of the road. Did they just run out of gas in the terrible, unmoving traffic?  It took me almost five hours to get home, ultimately whizzing past a bus stuck on Island Crest Way just south of Merrimount.  Here's what this evening's Seattle Times says:

Pea-sized hail began to fall on Mercer Island about 4:30 p.m., laying a coat of ice. At the Island Crest exit, traffic was immediately stopped before the hill.

The central business district was gridlock by 5:15 p.m. The streets didn't appear to be snowy or icy, but on the back streets heading south on the island, there was a school bus stuck sideways with a firetruck to the rescue on SE 40th Street. Cars were going 3 mph and people were leaving their cars and walking. There were two Sound Metro buses stuck on Island Crest Way.

 At 9:30pm I didn't find any problems getting up Island Crest -- maybe they salted it or something to make it very passable. But the temperatures are falling so I bet the morning's going to be a doozy of a commute.

Other than the crummy driving, it's kindda pretty outside.  Here's what my back yard looks like:

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