What’s coming? Snow Sunday night through Monday morning followed by an extended period of subfreezing temperatures in Snohomish County. Another snow storm is possible Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.
What should I do? Take time to prepare. Top off the gas tanks and check the fluids in your vehicles. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before your Monday morning commute. Prepare your household for an extended period of cold weather (drain outdoor faucets, check the fireplace, seal drafty windows and doors, etc.). Protect your pets from the cold. Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs. They may need your help getting ready, too.
Prepare to be without electricity. The forecast does call for high winds north of Snohomish County, which may lead to power outages. Update your emergency kit with food, water, flashlight, matches and blankets. Also make sure cell phones are charged before the storm. Report outages to 425-783-1001 or outagemap.snopud.com.
Park your car. If snowfall affects roadways, Snohomish County Public Works and WSDOT crews will work to keep primary routes open, but the fewer drivers on the road the better.
If you must go out. Talk over your travel plans with others in your home, even if the trip is just a few miles.
Be safe. During the cold snap, be sure to wear extra layers of outerwear if you will be outside for any length of time (jackets, hats, gloves, extra socks, etc.) County officials ask that you to take steps to prepare now. Better to be safe than sorry. When each of us is prepared, our whole community is prepared.
Social Media Accounts to Follow for Updates:
Other Winter Storm Resources:
Snow and Ice Response: https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/2113/Snow-and-Ice-Response
Road closure: http://www.snoco.org/App4/SPW/PWApp/roads/emclosure/index.html
Priority routes: http://www.snoco.org/App4/SPW/PublicWorks/RoadMaint/snowIcePlanRouteMap.html
Real-time road conditions from WSDOT: https://www.wsdot.com/traffic/
SnoPUD Outage Map: outagemap.snopud.com
The National Weather Service – Seattle: https://www.weather.gov/sew/