10 pictures from Seattle’s snOMG storm.

Posted on
Nov 29, 2010

Last week, it snowed in Seattle.

It’s not a common occurrence here. We are accustomed to our precipitation in a more thawed form. The city is simply unequipped to handle it – we have a serious shortage of both snow plows and common sense (this year city officials made the brilliant move of using a chemical deicer too early – and failing to salt the roads afterwards. The result? The deicer melted the snow on the roads, turning it into liquid, which later froze. The roads were covered in sheets of ice).  Even the slightest dusting of snow closes down schools and has people phoning in to work.

And last Monday was no exception – I gave Rand a ride to work, but I told him he’d have to get himself home (he was lucky enough to catch one of the few buses that didn’t jack-knife on the icy roads). I proceeded to go for walk and ran a few errands (and I mean I literally ran them, as I couldn’t drive and my bus never came). Here are 10 photos from my frozen wanderings …

  1. Under the I-5 bridge at dusk.

    Not visible from here: the insane traffic that had people moving at 1 mph.

  2. Self-portrait in the snow.

    I can't tell if "You look great in a parka!" is a compliment or an insult.

  3. Snow-covered city street (I know this isn’t a big deal in most parts of the north, but in Seattle, this is crazy).

    A.k.a., June in Minnesota.

  4. Frozen Fords.

    Not to be mistaken with "fjords". BWAH HA HA HA HA. See what I did there?

  5. Palm tree in the snow.

    It's like a really crappy foreign exchange program for plants.

  6. Snowy stairs.

    I am pleased to inform you that I did not slip on these. Elsewhere, yes. But not on these.

  7. Frozen rose (frose?)

    Note to self: those gloves kind of make you look like a serial killer.

  8. A very cold marina.

    Just out of view were some kids building a somewhat pathetic snowman. He's long-gone now.

  9. Smiley face.

    I did this to a bunch of cars. I regret nothing.

  10. Rand hobbling around in the snow.

    He's had to walk with a cane lately on account of his back. Still adorable, though.

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