Hardly. But Metro is advising bus commuters to expect “crowded buses, snow routing, and delays during the Wednesday evening commute“. Looking out our office window in Downtown Bellevue there isn’t much sign of snow at all. In fact the sun is peaking through the clouds. But that could all change by tonight’s PM commute according to the City of Bellevue’s website:
“The city could see an additional 1 to 3 inches citywide and 2 to 4 inches in the South Bellevue hills prior to Wednesday’s evening commute, with snow and freezing temperatures continuing Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The extended forecast indicates that snow should taper off Thursday afternoon, with clearing and cold temperatures into Friday.”
Seattle’s SDOT crews are also preparing for the worse. According to a City of Seattle news release:
“As of 4 a.m., ten snow plows will hit the streets in the north sector of Seattle and eight plows will move into action in the south sector. Starting at 9 a.m., SDOT will go into a full 24-hour response plan to keep roads open, buses moving and critical emergency services accessible.”
So what is a commuter to do when everyone seems to be awaiting a snowmageddon? Use your best judgment. Whether you have a cross-lake commute, are heading south or north, it’s best to get home safely while the roads are still clear. The conditions are expected to worsen into the evening, so the earlier you leave the better. If your employer allows you to work from home for the last few hours of your day, take advantage of this benefit. And don’t forget to check Metro’s Alerts Center to see if your bus is on emergency snow routing before you leave.
Be safe and good luck out there!