Here’s your warning: all the weather nerds are predicting a “large snow event” starting Tuesday night and continuing into Wednesday and Thursday. We could see anywhere from 6 – 12 inches here in Seattle (and 3 to 4 feet in the mountains) without an immediate meltoff. So: do what you need to do, get what you need to get, and hunker down. Please don’t drive unless you know what you’re doing (and even then…) Even the busses will be crippled.
Guaranteed there will be folks down on Kite Hill at Gas Works Park sledding in whatever they can muster, so that should be a good time, and the local watering holes tend to have a festive atmosphere in a snowstorm.
If you sled on the streets, please block off streets and take precautions around even stationary cars (they can hurt if you hit ’em).
Make a snow fort. Have a snowball fight. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on snow and feed it to the youngsters.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to send us pictures of your fun.
Things to do:
1.) check if you want pipes and outdoor faucets covered
2.) remove debris, leaves etc.. which may be covered on sidewalks by snow to reduce slipping hazards
3.) get salt, snow shovels available TODAY, not tomorrow
4.) have back up plans if energy, electiricy go out
5.) flashlights, candles, can openers
6.) check on neighbors who are elderly or alone.. do they need supplies, food, companionship?
7.) connecting and helping neighbors in your little area of the city.. cooperative store trips, babysitting, shoveling sidewalks, . do our merchants need help? Do you remember a few years ago when QFC staff stayed with customers a few nights? Can you help?
8.) Homeless will need warm clothes.. can we gather them somewhere?
There is more.. its your turn.
People do not have the right to block streets for their amusement. We need to keep streets clear for cars. Also, anyone who hits a parked car or damages another person’s property in any way will have to pay for it. Adults should know better.
Wallyhood heartily endorses blocking streets for your amusement. Kids trump cars any day of the week, in my book.
I totally agree with Wallyhood…..children always trump cars. HOWEVER, some of us who have been here for awhile remember the daughter of our then City Attorney, Norm Maeling (may have spelled that incorrectly) who hit a parked car while sledding on a city street and died. Please, do not let your children sled on the city streets. It is very dangerous. I still remember the terror in my mother’s eyes when my father used to pull us down the street on our sleds behind our car. We loved it of course, but it did not make it any less dangerous. Sledding is best done on an open hill….it does not even have to be a very big one for little kids.
I have difficulties with Wallyhood’s endorsement of illegal potentially harnful activities.
Gasworks park is very close as is Meridian Park.
Walking in snow is very dangerous, you could slip and hurt yourself or others. We should really have laws on the books to prevent people from walking when there is snow outside. I recommend just staying indoors for the next 2-3 days. I have trouble with Wallyhood endorsing anything that has to do with snow because it can be so deadly.
Wallyhood, catering to your children’s whims is not my responsibility. When you teach them that it’s OK to infringe on other people’s rights, you teach them bad manners.
well in addition, the neighbors behind my apartment building blocked off the hill, supposedly, but the kids’ sldes did not honor the ‘blocking”, so sleds were going through the blockeade which prevented cars from using a small hil and dumped sledding kids in front of traffic.
Go ahead an dmake fun of people who advocate safety for children..
And aanytone can shovel their walks and people can put down salt etc..
Life is about being part of a community. Wallingford is mostly a healthy thriving one. let’s keep it so.
Driving in snow is highly dangerous. Please keep the streets free of cars in case of snow.
I second what fruitbat says. Hills+no plowing+people not knowing how to drive in snow+overconfident jerks who think that four-wheel-drive solves any problem=dangerous. Please walk or take the bus today! See you all at Gasworks!