WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Highline Public Schools starting 2 hours late Thursday

November 30th, 2022 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Weather, White Center news No Comments »

With more snow expected overnight – and/or icy streets – Highline Public Schools has decided to start late Thursday. Here’s the full announcement:

Due to weather and road conditions, all schools are on a two-hour delay on Thursday, December 1, 2022, including Virtual Elementary and Virtual Academy. Buses will stop at regular stops–two hours later than normal.

There will be no breakfast, no morning or afternoon classes for preschool and ECEAP, and no morning classes for PSSC. Afternoon classes for PSSC will be on time. All before school programs are canceled, including clubs, activities and in-school daycare. No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district.

Schools will dismiss at regular times.

Continue to monitor our website for updates. Please stay safe and warm.

STAFF INSTRUCTIONS
Staff are expected to report to work as close to on time as possible. Please use your judgement on whether it is safe for you to travel to work. See an outline of expectations for employees for inclement weather on the Staff Hub.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snow arrives

November 29th, 2022 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news No Comments »

Thanks to Gill Loring for that first photo of this morning’s snow in White Center. So far no major problems or closures reported, but more snow is expected later, and a Wind Advisory complicates things this evening. Stay safe!

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BURN BAN: Stage 2 for unincorporated King County

September 9th, 2022 Tracy Posted in Safety, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on BURN BAN: Stage 2 for unincorporated King County

Just announced:

King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for unincorporated King County, prohibiting all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are restricted to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.

The Stage 2 burn ban goes into effect immediately for unincorporated King County, which was already in a Stage 1 burn ban. King County’s ban is in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Marshals, which extends the ban into cities.

The updated ban takes effect as the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region. This means critical fire weather conditions are present and any fires that develop will likely spread quickly.

During a Stage 2 burn ban, burning residential debris is prohibited, as is any other outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire (using firewood or charcoal). Under the ban, any person with a recreational fire who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or discontinue it when ordered or notified to do so can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbeques and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Ricketts asks residents to please use caution when using any open flame.

Extended periods of unusually high temperatures have increased the fuel load, or vegetation, in our communities. The large fire in Oregon and other fires in Washington have stretched wildfire fighting resources throughout the region.

Ricketts says if residents must smoke, they should exercise extreme caution with their ashes or when they’re extinguishing cigarettes. King County asks residents to be diligent and respectful of their neighbors, and to remember that this is a demanding time for first responders.

“The summer months may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean high temperatures and dry conditions are,” Ricketts said. “Residents of the unincorporated areas—and all of the Puget Sound region, for that matter—should be careful with anything that could cause a fire.”

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HEAT WAVE: Stage 1 burn ban takes effect Friday

July 28th, 2022 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on HEAT WAVE: Stage 1 burn ban takes effect Friday

Announced this afternoon:

With high temperatures expected to reach the mid-90’s throughout the weekend and with extremely dry conditions, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 1 fire safety burn ban for the unincorporated areas starting Friday.

The Stage 1 fire safety burn ban – which is being issued in coordination with the King County Fire Chiefs Association – applies to all outdoor burning, except for barbecues and small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission.

“Extreme heat and especially dry conditions have increased the risk of wildfire dramatically,” Ricketts says. “People in both rural and urban unincorporated areas need to be careful and use caution.”

Recreational fires still pose a risk, so their use shall be limited and respected accordingly.

Approved Recreational Burn Requirements:

Firewood shall be seasoned and dry
Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal
Grow no larger than 3 feet in diameter
Be in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
Recreational fires shall be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose.
Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
No burning when winds exceed 15 mph.

If your property is inside city limits, residents must contact their local jurisdiction for their requirements.

This ban remains in effect until further notice.

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STORM DAMAGE? King County wants to hear from you

January 12th, 2022 Tracy Posted in King County, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on STORM DAMAGE? King County wants to hear from you

People in unincorporated King County who suffered damage from the recent snow and rain are asked to report it ASAP. Here’s the announcement:
King County Office of Emergency Management (KCOEM) is collecting damage reports from residents and businesses from the winter cold, snow, and subsequent flooding events that have occurred since December 24, 2021. This will assist the state in its request for a federal disaster declaration.

KCOEM has created a new section on its disaster recovery webpage at kingcounty.gov/damage to share information about the Individual Assistance Initial Damage Assessment and provide links to damage reporting forms for residents and businesses.

Important things to keep in mind:

– Residents and business owners need to document all damages.
– Individuals should report damages to their insurance provider and to the county.
– There is no FEMA or other assistance available at this time for the current flooding incident.
– Insurance information is important: Does the individual have flood insurance? Homeowner? Renters?
– Do they have a furnished basement and what was the flood height?

Damage information will be gathered through Thursday, Jan. 20 from residents and businesses in unincorporated King County so it can be compiled and submitted to the Washington State Emergency Management Division.

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SCHOOLS: 2-hour delay for Highline Public Schools on Monday

January 2nd, 2022 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on SCHOOLS: 2-hour delay for Highline Public Schools on Monday

Just announced by Highline Public Schools: Because of the weather – as all that snow turns to slush – all schools will be on a 2-hour delay tomorrow (Monday, January 3rd). From the district website:

Buses will stop at regular stops – two hours later than normal.

There will be no breakfast, no morning or afternoon classes for preschool and ECEAP, and no morning classes for PSSC. Afternoon classes for PSSC will be on time. All before-school programs are canceled, including clubs, activities and in-school daycare. No transportation will be provided to schools outside of our district.

Schools will dismiss at regular times.

Staff Instructions
Staff are expected to report to work as close to on time as possible. Please use your judgement on whether it is safe for you to travel to work. See an outline of expectations for employees for inclement weather on the Staff Hub.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: Photos, and what’s next

December 30th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: Photos, and what’s next

(Thanks to Gill Loring for sending the photos!)

It’s New Year’s Eve-Eve, and day 5 of significant snow on the ground … and the streets, and the decks, and the porches …

The official snow total for last night/today, at Sea-Tac, was just over 2″, and the snow total for December is now up to 8″. The National Weather Service does not forecast much more, and says that by Sunday, we’ll finally be back in the 40s.

Until then, be careful – side streets look like the ones in the photos above, while the arterials have been addressed – five White Center traffic cams are on the “south” tab of this page.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snow’s ending, but cold has just begun

December 26th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news 2 Comments »

(King County traffic cam, 16th/100th, 3 pm)

The National Weather Service’s “winter storm warning” for our area has expired, and the snow has mostly stopped, but now we’re facing three-plus days of very cold weather. First, a few resources – checking for plowed roads? Go here. Checking the forecast/weather conditions? Go here. Now, as for the weather – it’s not expected to get above freezing until Thursday.

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Too hot to skate

June 26th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Too hot to skate

The heat wave has brought temorary schedule changes for some businesses. Among them: White Center’s Southgate Roller Rink, closed all weekend because of the weather.

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HEAT WAVE: King County and WCCDA opening Top Hat cooling center with individual rooms

June 25th, 2021 Tracy Posted in King County, Weather, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news 4 Comments »

We’re now under an Excessive Heat Warning through Monday. Just received this announcement about the site once set up (but never used) for pandemic quarantine/isolation:

With high temperatures expected to soar past 100 degrees through the early part of next week, the county will make 20 air-conditioned units available from 4 p.m., Saturday to 10 a.m., Wednesday. Overnight stays will be available.

The White Center Cooling Center is located at 206 SW 112th St., in the Top Hat neighborhood.

Those who are interested should call 206-572-5557.

The center will offer a way for residents—including those experiencing homelessness—to escape the heat. The center will welcome overnight stays as well as an air-conditioned area with water and refreshments for shorter visits.

Those who stay overnight will be able to enter and leave the facility from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The doors will be locked outside of those hours, with some exceptions for late arrivals.

Service and emotional support animals are welcome. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be followed per Washington State and King County requirements.

Teams from King County and the White Center Community Development Association will staff the site, and private security will be on-site day and night.

This effort is a partnership between DCHS, Local Services, FMD and the White Center Community Development Association.

At this time, the White Center Cooling Center will be the only such facility offered in unincorporated King County. You can find other cooling centers on the King County Emergency Management blog.

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Stage 1 burn ban for unincorporated King County starting Thursday

June 23rd, 2021 Tracy Posted in King County, Safety, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Stage 1 burn ban for unincorporated King County starting Thursday

With a heat wave on the way, an outdoor burn ban is about to kick in. Here’s the announcement:

King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 1 fire safety burn ban for the unincorporated areas of King County starting Thursday. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-90’s throughout the weekend, with readings climbing to nearly 100 degrees Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for King County.

The Stage 1 fire safety burn ban applies to all outdoor burning, except for barbecues and small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission.

“Extreme heat and especially dry conditions have increased the risk of wildfire dramatically,” Ricketts says. “People in both rural and urban unincorporated areas need to use caution.”

Recreational fires still pose a risk, so their use shall be limited and respected accordingly. Ricketts says recreational fires must:

-Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and not be used as debris disposal
-Be no larger than three feet in diameter
-Be located in a clear spot, free from any vegetation for at least ten feet in a horizontal direction and at least 25 feet away from any structure, and allow 20 feet of vertical clearance from overhanging branches
-Be attended at all times by an alert individual with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire

If your property is inside city limits, please contact your local jurisdiction for their requirements. This ban remains in effect until further notice.

With Fourth of July fireworks sales beginning across the county, Ricketts also reminds users to stay mindful of their surroundings when discharging fireworks.

It’s every individual’s responsibility to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property, and our wildlands. For more information, visit the Local Services Fire Marshal’s website.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: The big meltdown looms, with rain on the way

February 14th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: The big meltdown looms, with rain on the way

That’s the view of downtown White Center this afternoon, as captured by the Seattle Department of Transportation traffic camera at 16th and Roxbury. The snowy scene is on its way out, though, as the temperature rises above freezing and rain moves in. The area’s two-day total – Friday-Saturday – was 11.1 inches, #15 on the all-time list of two-day totals. Thanks to Gill for capturing some neighborhood scenes:

Get ready for the big meltdown – stay safe as things get slushy!

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: What you need to know

February 12th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: What you need to know

Thanks to Gill for the photo of a snowy White Center street. As you’re likely well aware, the snow has arrived, and is expected to pile up – at least a few inches – overnight. Please don’t go out unless you absolutely must – lots of reports of stuck drivers and slick roads out there. Here are some links of note:

Winter Storm Warning alert (through 4 pm Saturday)
All Metro buses on snow routes
King County winter-response map (traffic-camera links included)

We’ll be adding more.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snow, the first wave

February 11th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snow, the first wave

Thanks to Gill for the photo as the first wave of snow arrived in White Center. It started as flurries and then intensified to a light but steady snowfall for the past hour or so – the Winter Storm Watch alert isn’t officiqlly in effect until Friday afternoon, though, and that’s when the serious snow is expected.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: A little snow, and maybe more

February 8th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: A little snow, and maybe more

If you missed the snowfall early this morning, Gill provides the photo of a roof with proof. We might see it again before the week is out – the forecast mentions possible snow just about every day and night through next weekend. Regardless of whether snow falls, it will be cold – overnight lows into the 20s. Just a reminder that 39 days remain until winter makes way for spring!

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POWER OUTAGE: Windstorm takes out electricity for 4,000+

January 13th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news 1 Comment »

Mid-evening, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory alert … and a few hours later, the wind arrived. So far in the North Highline area, we have two major power outages with almost 11,000 customers out of power, plus another big outage in Burien. Stay indoors – lots of trees and wires down around the region.

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WHITE CENTER SUNSET: Midweek marvel

January 7th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SUNSET: Midweek marvel

Thanks to Gill for the view of Wednesday’s vivid sunset!

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snowfall follows all that rain

December 21st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snowfall follows all that rain

First, the pounding rain, and mid-50s temperatures … now, the falling snow, and the mercury’s in the 30s! The photo is by Alex (thank you!). Forecasters say the snow won’t last too much longer, though, so appreciate it while we’re seeing it. Tomorrow is still expected to be mostly sunny, followed by a much colder night, maybe into the 20s.

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BURN BAN: Stage 2 for King County

September 8th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Environment, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on BURN BAN: Stage 2 for King County

With all that wildfire smoke polluting the air, and hot, dry weather continuing, here’s something else to heed:

King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County, which prohibits all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are limited to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.

The Stage 2 burn ban goes into effect immediately for King County, which was already in a Stage 1 burn ban. Today’s announcement comes after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag fire danger warning for Northwest Washington that will last through Wednesday of this week.

Abnormally high temperatures and gusty winds, along with low humidity, have prompted both warnings. Large fires in Eastern Washington and Oregon have also contributed to reduced air quality in the Puget Sound region.

During a Stage 2 burn ban, any outdoor fire such as a backyard fire pit or campfire using chopped firewood or charcoal is prohibited. Under the ban, any person with a recreational fire who fails to take immediate action to extinguish or otherwise discontinue such burning when ordered or notified to do so can be charged with, up to and including, a misdemeanor.

Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbeques and patio warmers that are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Approved fuel devices – including charcoal, natural gas or propane gas – are also allowed.

Ricketts says if residents must smoke, they should exercise extreme caution with their ashes or when they’re extinguishing cigarettes. The county asks residents to be diligent and respectful of their neighbors, and to remember this is a demanding time for first responders.

“The conditions – high temperatures, wind, low humidity – mean everyone should be on high alert about fire safety,” Ricketts said. “Things can become dangerous – and tragic – extremely fast with these conditions. Everyone should be careful.”

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BURN BAN: Now in effect for unincorporated King County

July 27th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Fire, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on BURN BAN: Now in effect for unincorporated King County

Just out of the inbox:

With dry conditions in the forecast, King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Phase 1 burn ban for the unincorporated areas of King County starting today. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

This is a Phase 1 burn ban and applies to all outdoor burning. In addition, the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of Western Washington, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., today due to potential high wildfire conditions. During such periods recreational fires in affected areas shall be ceased.

Even when the Red Flag Warning is lifted, King County’s Phase 1 burn ban restrictions will still be in place and apply to all outdoor burning, except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. Recreational fires still pose a risk, so their use shall be limited and respected accordingly. Ricketts says recreational fires must:

-Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal
=Grow no larger than three (3) feet in diameter
=Be located in a clear spot, free from any vegetation for at least ten (10) feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches
-Be attended at all times by an alert individual with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire

Ricketts added that because we are still experiencing a pandemic, residents should follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings, and stay six feet apart. They can also consult Public Health – Seattle & King County’s hot weather tips during a pandemic.

For properties located within cities, please contact your local jurisdiction for requirements. This ban remains in effect until further notice.

The King County Fire Marshal reminds residents that it is every individual’s responsibility to help prevent fires that destroy lives, property, and our wildland. For more information, visit the Department of Local Services Fire Marshal’s website.

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