News Gleams: Winter Weather School Delays, and Shelter Openings

by Emerald Staff

(Updated: 1/15/2020, 6:42 a.m.)

South Seattle has been sprinkled by snowfall since Sunday night, as a highly anticipated bout of freezing temperatures spilled into the Puget Sound region.

On Wednesday morning, many South Enders found slick streets on their commutes (updated commuter information can be found here), with Seattle Public Schools closed for the day.

Schools operated by the Renton School District, including those in the Skyway/ West Hill area opened two hours late due to road conditions.

As of this morning, some Metro buses in the area have been rerouted (bus schedule updates). However, most reroutes, and cancelled trips have impacted east and north King County.

On Sunday night, the City of Seattle, working in partnership with King County, added shelter capacity at Seattle Center and King County Administration building. In addition, Seattle Center will act as a day shelter. More information on the Seattle Center shelter can be found here and King County’s shelter and day center here 

Families in  Seattle in need of shelter can contact Mary’s Place 24 hour Community Emergency Family Shelter Intake Line at 206-245-1026. 

The City of Renton and Catholic Community Services will open the city’s severe weather shelter on Tuesday, Jan. 14. from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Old Chamber of Commerce building, located at 300 Rainier Avenue N.

Seattle based Neighborcare Health Clinics, including the Rainier Beach and Georgetown branches, will open late today, at 10:00am.

According to the National Weather Service, more snow is in the forecast for Tuesday night but it remains unclear how much will hit Seattle.

Frigid temperatures are excepted to continue through the week.

The Emerald will update this post as new information becomes available.