Snow hits Seattle; state of emergency declared
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.