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Snow days in Seattle blanket UW campus

Walking in a winter wonderland.

UPDATE 11/24: The city of Seattle is on hiatus right now with snow on the ground and ice on the roads. Stranded cars, stranded buses and stranded people were all too common the last few days, and the holiday forecast calls for light snow and (hopefully) a little rain. Happy Thanksgiving!

The University of Washington cancelled classes on all three campuses Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s round-up from the Seattle Times had a lot of information, while Wednesday’s follow-up asks why can’t we handle the snow? You can subscribe to the official UW Alerts program for text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates. And check out this great video of the UW campus covered in snow.

Hopping off the bus Monday morning, I took a stroll through campus as the flakes were still falling and snapped a few pictures on my smartphone. The UW campus is stunning every day of the year, but it’s a magical sight with the snowfall. See the full show below or on our Flickr site.

Of course, you can learn more about the storm on the Cliff Mass Weather Blog. And feel free to share your stories. Here’s a crazy video of somebody trying (and failing) to drive up Queen Anne hill, and here’s a fun one of the Husky football team practicing in the snow. Getting ready for the Apple Cup in Pullman, I imagine.

Enjoy the snow, Huskies. Stay safe!

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4 Responses to “Snow days in Seattle blanket UW campus”

  1. Samantha wrote:
    November 23, 2010

    Are you kidding me? 2 inches of snow and the whole city shuts down…in spokane we have like 8 inches and I still have night time classes at Gonzaga.

    • Cher wrote:
      November 23, 2010

      You have to understand–there are crazy hills in Seattle, the snow is wet and much more slippery, and there isn’t the snowplow manpower, etc.
      My sister is from Jackson Hole and has commented on the difference here.

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      November 23, 2010

      Hi Samantha – I’m not even sure we got 2 inches! It started snowing at daybreak and never got that bad, but by 2 or 3 p.m. the roads were frozen solid and that’s where the issues were. Add to that people “trying” to brave the elements and get home in their cars and it became a parking lot real quick. I waited on a bus that didn’t move for an hour before jumping off and walking home across the West Seattle Bridge. Kind of an adventure, really.

      But you’re right – Seattle has struggled in the past with shutting down in the snow. Spokane and Gonzaga are snow veterans. Here, to quote the Counting Crows, we are the Rain King.

  2. Tom wrote:
    November 23, 2010

    it isn’t the snow causing the problems on the roads, it is the ice…

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