Recovery underway after snowstorm; temps remain low

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Much of King County is digging out after a major snowstorm on Monday, February 4. Almost a foot of snow fell in some areas, with most of the county getting at least a few inches. After highs around freezing on Monday, the National Weather Service in Seattle expects temperatures to fall into the teens tonight, with wind chills in the single digits.

King County Metro Transit is reminding riders that all buses will be on snow routes until further notice. Staff will monitor conditions overnight and alert customers if conditions change that affect their bus service. As long as cold weather and hazardous road conditions persist, riders should be prepared for longer travel and wait times for service. Riders are encouraged to explore alternate bus service in their neighborhoods and near job centers in the event their preferred bus route faces long delays. Updates will be available online and through transit alert emails and texts, with information available at MetroWinter.com and via @kcmetrobus on Twitter.

King County Water Taxi riders should be aware that all remaining scheduled sailings for West Seattle and Vashon are canceled for February 4. The Water Taxi is planning to operate Tuesday morning, February 5, and at that time crews will assess weather conditions and inform customers whether service will again be disrupted. If service is disrupted, customers going to and from West Seattle can board Metro services such as RapidRide C Line, routes 21, 120, and 125. Those going to and from Vashon can instead travel via Metro and Washington State Ferry service.

Driving around the region will continue to be a challenge well into Tuesday. King County Roads crews continue to plow and treat roads in their service area, as do crews in other jurisdictions throughout the county. However, the best advice remains to avoid driving if at all possible. Find real-time maps, traffic cameras, and road alerts at kingcounty.gov/MyCommute and follow @kcroads on Twitter. You can also check WSDOT’s website and SeattleTraffic.org.

King County will open additional sleeping space at the Administration Building for people experiencing homelessness through at least Wednesday night. This is in addition to the regular nightly shelter in the building. Shelters are also available at Harborview Hall, Seattle City Hall, Seattle Center, and the Fourth and Jefferson Building. For information about locations and hours, call 2-1-1 or visit the Department of Community and Human Services webpage.

As temperatures fall tonight, concern is increasing about homes without power. Both Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light still report some outages. Please be careful with supplemental heaters. Keep them away from fabrics or other flammable materials. Never use charcoal grills indoors for heating or cooking to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Public Health – Seattle & King County has information about CO available in multiple languages at kingcounty.gov/CO-poisoning.

Pets can also suffer in the cold. If you have outdoor pets, Regional Animal Services of King County asks you to consider bringing them inside tonight. If that’s not possible, place them in a garage, barn, or other covered shelter away from the wind. If you find an animal in distress due to the cold, call 9-1-1 or your local animal control agency. More tips are available at TailsFromRASKC.com.

King County agencies will operate on a delayed schedule on Tuesday, February 5. Most offices and public service counters will open at 10 or 10:30 a.m. If you’re not sure about the status of an office, visit kingcounty.gov or call ahead.

Many school districts and colleges in the area will be operating on a delay Tuesday. Check FlashAlert.net for information, or check with your school.

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection in King County is carried out primarily by private haulers. Collection schedules will be affected by the storm. Check with your hauler to see if your pick-up date has changed. Not sure who your hauler is? Click here for a list.