Winter wallop continues into workweek

Winter continues its icy grip on King County, though the weather picture became more complicated overnight. The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued several advisories:

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  • A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the western third of King County from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 11. This advisory covers most of the urbanized areas of King County, including cities such as Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Kenmore, and Federal Way. Total snowfall of one to three inches is expected, with precipitation turning to rain or a rain/snow mix late in the afternoon. However, if the cold air remains in place, the precipitation could be all snow, and accumulations could be heavier.
  • A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the middle third of King County from 10 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. This covers many of the foothill areas such as Carnation, Duvall, North Bend, and Enumclaw. Heavy snow of four to eight inches is expected in this area.
  • Finally, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday for the Cascades of eastern King County. One to two feet of snow is expected in this area, which will lead to travel trouble through Snoqualmie and Stevens passes.

Because of the uncertainty, it will be vital to monitor the forecast at weather.gov/seattle and @NWSSeattle on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

King County agencies

Most King County offices and service counters will open to the public as normal on Monday, February 11, with the following exceptions:

  • Superior Court is closed. This includes the courthouses in Seattle, Kent (Maleng Regional Justice Center), Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA), and juvenile courts. Jurors scheduled to begin jury duty on Monday are excused and considered as having served. This means these jurors do not have to return Tuesday for jury duty. For updates, please follow Superior Court on Twitter at @KingSupCourt.
  • District Court is closed, with the exception of in-custody hearings at the King County Jail Courtroom at 12:30 p.m.
  • The County Council’s Local Services, Regional Roads, and Bridges Committee meeting has been canceled.
  • The Department of Assessments is closed.
  • The Kent and Renton Community Service Centers are closed.

Be aware that deteriorating weather conditions could force early closures. Check kingcounty.gov or @KingCountyWA on Twitter for updates.

Travel conditions

King County Metro Transit will remain on Emergency Snow Network through at least Tuesday, February 12. Bus service is reduced to just 67 core routes and shuttles, with some areas of the county seeing severely limited or no bus service. Metro encourages commuters to allow for extended travel times and to prepare alternate travel plans if their route is not in service. Riders should also be prepared for crowding and potentially longer waits at bus stops. Check MetroWinter.com, Metro Matters, or follow @kcmetrobus on Twitter for information, maps, updates, and more. Haga clic aquí para obtener información de Sistema de Emergencia de Nieve en español.

Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail and Sounder commuter rail service continue to operate as normally as possible given the weather conditions. Check service alerts here or follow @SoundTransit on Twitter for information.

King County Roads continues to plow and treat roads in its service area in unincorporated King County. Check kingcounty.gov/roads/SnowAndIce or follow @kcroads on Twitter for updates.

Cities in King County are also busy plowing and treating roads, but for the most part this has been limited to major thoroughfares. Side streets and neighborhood roads are still snow-covered in most areas. Visit SeattleTraffic.org or your city’s website for specific information.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews are busy keeping freeways and highways cleared, but drivers should still expect slow-going. Mountain passes could be restricted or closed to traffic. Check conditions at wsdot.com/traffic or on Twitter at @wsdot_traffic.

Flights in and out of Sea-Tac Airport may be delayed or canceled today. Check the Sea-Tac Airport website, watch @SeaTacAirport on Twitter, or check with your airline to see if your travel may be impacted.

Trash collection

The continued tough travel conditions have forced most waste haulers to delay or suspend service.

If you don’t know who your hauler is, King County Solid Waste Division has a list here.

Schools and colleges

Most school districts and colleges in the Puget Sound region will be closed on Monday, February 11. Check FlashAlert.net for a complete listing.

Sheltering

King County and the City of Seattle have teams out around the clock to assist people experiencing homelessness and direct them to shelters or other services. King County has made 300 sleeping spaces available in or near downtown Seattle. These overnight shelters are located at the King County Administration Building, Fourth and Jefferson Building, and Harborview Hall. In addition, day centers are open at Fourth and Jefferson and the Administration Building from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information on shelters around King County, call 2-1-1 or visit Crisis Connections.

Power outages and CO poisoning

There have already been some power outages associated with this winter storm. With the possibility of significant ice accumulations later this week, the risk of injury or death from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases as people without electricity look for alternate sources of heat. Physical symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include splitting headache, nausea and vomiting, and lethargy and fatigue.

To prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide:

  • Only use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents
  • Never use a generator or portable propane heater indoors, in garages, or in carports
  • Never cook or heat indoors with a charcoal or gas grill
  • If you think you are experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Call for medical help from a neighbor’s home. The Fire Department will tell you when it is safe to reenter your home

For a full list of carbon monoxide prevention tips and other safety and disaster information in English and other languages, visit kingcounty.gov/health/disaster.