Snow hits Seat­tle; state of emer­gency de­clared

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

SEAT­TLE – Sorry, Siri. Turn-by-turn driv­ing di­rec­tions just won’t suf­fice in a big Seat­tle snow­storm.

Did you say turn left? No can do. It’s an icy hill, and the prospect of a down­ward skid, foot mash­ing the brake pedal, is very real. Left at the next in­ter­sec­tion in­stead? Another ver­tigo in­ducer, of which the glacier-carved city has many.

People with tick­ets for “Un­cle Vanya” at the ACT Theatre were out of luck, too, as Seat­tle got its big­gest snow­fall in a decade this week, and per­for­mance venues up and down the Pa­cific North­west coast went dark.

Justin Tim­ber­lake bailed out on his sched­uled Ta­coma Dome show Sun­day, and Michelle Obama resched­uled an ap­pear­ance in sup­port of her new book. Hun­dreds of flights were de­layed or can­celed Satur­day at Seat­tleTa­coma In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and the prob­lems con­tin­ued into Sun­day.

In Seat­tle, the mus­cle mem­ory just isn’t there for big snow – whether in de­ploy­ing salt spread­ers and plows or in get­ting a snow-day re­prieve from an al­ge­bra test – so the re­sponses, for bet­ter or worse, are sharp­ened by the nov­elty.

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington de­clared a state of emer­gency, and Seat­tle’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fice urged people to be pre­pared to lose power if lines go down.

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