Today, however, we got our snow. As the front moved into the city around 5 a.m., there was lightning and thunder that shook the house and rumbled for a long, LONG time. Not just rumbled ... it sounded like something hitting, exploding, and screeching. We seriously thought it was meteors hitting the earth or a plane going down. So, I was wide awake after that.
There was about 3 inches of snow in our neighborhood, and it looked soft and fluffy and white. So I brushed off Joe Jetta and maneuvered out of our neighborhood - to roads that were solid ice, covered with snow.
Now, I only work a couple of miles from home, so I drive on surface streets the whole way. Which hadn't been sanded or plowed by the three snowplows that Seattle owns (and two are in the shop). I quickly realized that it was really dangerous (and dumb) to be out driving on the steep hills here. (Sizzle will have some idea of how I nearly pissed myself trying to manuever down Denny Way from Olive Street, towards I-5).
Made it to work - almost an hour later. The snow was supposed to end by 10 a.m. or so. They announced that our office would close at 3:00 p.m., before the worst of rush hour. But the snow didn't stop. I felt like I was in a snow globe.
I left work at about 1:45, realizing that the snow wasn't ending, it was getting colder, and my short commute up very steep hills was likely to be disastrous if I waited much longer. I (slowly) drove through a pretty scarce downtown (empty except for the many people standing at bus stops for buses that wouldn't be coming for a long, long time) and took a LONG way home that wasn't quite as steep. My neighborhood was buried in about 6-7 inches of snow (yes, this is a big thing to us who live in ultra-hilly Seattle, people!). And it continued to snow. Very, very pretty - but I'm not looking forward to tomorrow morning's commute ...
On to the pretty pictures:
The parking lot accross from my office, about 9:00:
The pretty trees by REI, across the other street:
Looking towards Capitol Hill, around 11:00:
Driving by the King County Courthouse, around 2:00 (I know, the snow doesn't look like much, but the HILLS ... ):
Getting into my neck of the woods in the Central District, with 23rd Avenue being a packed-down icy mess:
Snow at the Quincy Jones Performance Center, part of Garfield High School, three blocks from our house:
Our street, snowy:
Planters that were moved to our upper deck - also snowy:
The backyard from the kitchen door:
I hope y'all are warm, safe and dry!