Winter Storm Warning: Major Snowstorm Expected

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Puget Sound region, with heavy snow and several days of freezing temperatures expected.

National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle predict total snow accumulations of 4-6 inches, with local snowfall accumulations of 8 inches possible.

In addition, north to northeast winds will increase late Friday and into Saturday to 15-30 mph, with some local gusts reaching 45 mph. The wind will likely reduce visibility at times due to blowing snow, especially near shorelines of inland waters.

The heaviest snow is expected to start in the Seattle area after 3 p.m. Friday, in time for the evening commute. If you can, go home early. If you can avoid driving, please do so. If you must drive, take it slow and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Getting Around

King County Metro has activated its Emergency Snow Network. Starting Feb. 9, Metro will reduce service to just 60 core routes that the City of Seattle and other jurisdictions prioritized for snow and ice removal.

The Emergency Snow Network will be effective from 4 a.m. Feb. 9 until further notice. Find the list of routes and more information at kingcountymetro.blog.

Stay up-to-date by signing up for transit alerts and reviewing snow route information at MetroWinter.com and by following @kcmetrobus on Twitter.

King County Roads is prepared to to respond to priority areas. Find real-time maps, traffic cameras and road alerts at kingcounty.gov/MyCommute and follow @kcroads on Twitter. For regional information, you can also check WSDOT’s website or SeattleTraffic.org.

Plan Ahead

King County is coordinating storm response among county departments, transportation agencies, local cities, utilities and tribes.

Stay safe before, during and after the storm with our emergency preparedness tips:

  • Stay informed, and monitor changing weather conditions. Get local forecasts from the National Weather Service.
  • Stay indoors, if possible. If you go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing and avoid exertion.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and get medical help immediately. Symptoms include uncontrolled shivering, slow or unclear speech, extreme fatigue, and stumbling, confusion, semi-consciousness or unconsciousness.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas, especially fallen power lines. When outside, watch for tree limbs or structures that may fall due to heavy snow or ice accumulation.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Never use a generator or grill indoors! Public Health – Seattle & King County offers safety info in multiple languages at kingcounty.gov/CO-poisoning.
  • Check on your neighbors; especially anyone who might need extra help.
  • Avoid travel, if possible. If you must drive, fill your fuel tank beforehand, stay on main roads, and keep others informed of your schedule and route.
  • If you become stranded, call for help, set your vehicle’s hazard lights to flashing, and remain with your vehicle.

Only call 9-1-1 for emergencies. All other non-emergency questions or concerns may be directed to our 24/7 public hotline: 206-296-3830.

Severe Weather Shelters

King County is again expanding winter shelter capacity.

King County strongly encourages all individuals living unsheltered to seek shelter indoors. City- and King County-funded outreach workers have been meeting with people experiencing homelessness to try to encourage them to come inside as the temperatures have dropped.

King County will add 50 more winter shelter beds to the Fourth and Jefferson Building beginning Friday night through at least Sunday. The current capacity at King County’s shelters for the weekend is:

  • Harborview Hall: 100 year-round beds for women and men and pets
  • Fourth and Jefferson: 50 year-round beds, plus 50 emergency winter beds for men and pets for a total of 100
  • King County Administration Building: 50 year-round beds, plus 50 emergency winter beds for men for a total of 100

Fourth and Jefferson Day Center: Capacity during the day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., is about 100 people at a time. At the center, people experiencing homelessness can come indoors for a cup of coffee, a snack, a warm place to sit and rest, socialization, hot showers, laundry facilities, and connections to housing navigation and case management services. The center opened on Jan. 31. On Feb. 7, a total of 110 people came in and out of the facility.


The King County Emergency Services Patrol will remain operational 24/7 during the weekend to help vulnerable people on the streets in downtown Seattle.

Find information on shelters countywide by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the 2-1-1 Severe Weather Shelter webpage.