As much as ten inches of snow fell overnight into Monday morning across King County, leading to many delays, closures, and cancellations. Snowfall will continue into the early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. for areas of King County east of Lake Washington, and a Winter Weather Advisory for the rest of the county. Temperatures will top out around freezing, with overnight lows falling into the teens. Wind chills could be in the single digits, especially to the north.
Travel is difficult across the region, even where roads have been treated and plowed. Stay up to date with weather conditions, and stay off the road if at all possible. If you must drive, slow down and increase your following distance. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Slick, snow-covered roads will cause rough travel conditions throughout the day on Monday and into the Tuesday morning commute.
Real-time traffic cameras, road closures, and plowing information are all available at kingcounty.gov/MyCommute. Reach the King County Roads 24/7 Hotline at 206-477-8100. Also check WSDOT and SeattleTraffic.org for specific information about your route.
All King County Metro Transit buses are on snow routes, and many buses are running behind schedule. Metro proactively chained its fleet prior to the morning commute and has nearly all 1,500 of its coaches in service. Metro also increased staff in anticipation of tough conditions and has been working behind the scenes to tow stuck coaches and address issues as they arise. Check MetroWinter.com for specific snow route information, especially as you prepare for for the afternoon commute. The storm also had an impact on Water Taxi operations, so check ahead for information on afternoon sailings.
King County government offices are closed today, except for mission-critical services. Agencies or services that are closed include:
- Superior Court
- District Court
- County Council
- Community Service Centers
- Public Health clinics
- Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- Assessor’s Office
- Pet Adoption Center
- Recorder’s Office
- King County Veterans Program
If you are not sure if an office or service is open, check kingcounty.gov or call ahead before visiting.
Today is the deadline for in-person voter registration for the February Special Election. However, because Elections is closed, registration requests can instead be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 206-296-1565.
Many school districts and colleges in King County have canceled or delayed classes today. Check with your school or visit FlashAlert.net for information.
Trash service has been delayed for many cities in the region. Check with your hauler for information.
There have been a few power outages reported as a result of the snowstorm. Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy both report thousands of customers without electricity. If your power is out for an extended amount of time, use caution with alternative heating sources. Never use a charcoal grill indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Public Health – Seattle & King County has information about CO exposure available in multiple languages.
Extra sleeping space is available at the King County Administration Building through Wednesday night for people experiencing homelessness. Also, the Jefferson Day Center at Fourth and Jefferson in downtown Seattle is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the Department of Community and Human Services webpage or call 2-1-1 for additional information about shelters.