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City of Seattle Update on Winter Weather Planning, Impacts, and City Services

Seattle (February 10, 2019) – The City continues to work to limit the impact of winter weather on residents and access to services. The City is preparing for an additional 1-3 inches of snow today, and monitoring National Weather Service forecasts for the potential of additional significant snow on Monday. The City will re-activate its Emergency Operations Center at 5 a.m. on Monday, February 11.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertSeattle for updates and emergency notifications.

Seattle Department of Transportation: SDOT Snow Crews continue to operate two 12-hour shifts. Currently there are 34 snow vehicles out roving Seattle’s major arterials with plows, salt spreaders, and de-icer trucks servicing snow and ice routes. Fourteen hand crews are out responding to sidewalk issues in Downtown and Center City areas. The most high-priority arterials are in fair to good condition with mostly slushy pavement conditions. Our goal is prevent ice build up, with an ultimate goal of achieving "bare and wet" pavement conditions. Crews are working hard to achieve this goal. Check out the City’s Winter Weather Response Map to locate SDOT’s snow and ice routes. And be sure to take a peek at the interactive Winter Weather Snow and Ice Service Map to monitor treatment status of snow routes and lanes. Afternoon crews will focus on maintaining bare and wet pavement conditions.

Human Services Department: The City of Seattle has extended the Severe Weather Shelter at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall through Sunday night, February 17. 184 people stayed at the shelter overnight on Saturday, February 9th. HSD and Mary’s Place partnered to open a downtown emergency shelter for families on Friday, February 8th. Please call the King County Coordinated Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026 for access. This space is open for 24 hours per day. The Department of Parks and Recreation and HSD have also opened a 24-hour warming shelter for families with children and others at Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry Street) through Tuesday morning, February 12th. 53 individuals stayed at the Garfield Community Center Saturday evening. Seattle King County Public Health Reserve Core will be at the shelter from 8:00 am through 8:00 pm on Sunday. This space is open 24 hours a day. Seattle’s City Hall shelter (600 4th Ave) hosted 142 people on Saturday, February 9th. King County’s Department of Community and Human Services served 89 people last night at the King County Administration Building (500 4th Ave) and the Day Center at 4th and Jefferson downtown. Both facilities are open all day to act as warming centers. There is additional space for people to stay at Garfield Community Center, City Hall shelter, the King County Administration Building and the Day Center at 4th and Jefferson and people are encouraged to go to these shelters if they need a place to stay and warm up. The Navigation Team was out overnight checking on people living unsheltered and helped over 50 people travel to shelter last night and made 124 contacts. They began performing outreach at 10:00 am on Sunday and will work until midnight helping people move inside for the night. In addition, staff are checking in with high-risk Aging and Disability Services clients through the weekend to ensure their safety.

Seattle Center: The Seattle Center Armory is operating on a normal schedule today, 7am-9pm. Seattle Center Monorail is closed today. The Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) and Pacific Science Center opened at 12 noon. Scheduled performances at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre are taking place. Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Space Needle are operating on normal schedules today.

Seattle Public Libraries: The Library is operating on a limited schedule Sunday. The Central Library is open until 5 p.m. The following locations are open until 5 p.m.: Ballard, Beacon Hill, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, Green Lake, Greenwood, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly, Northgate, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach, South Park, Southwest, University and Wallingford branches. The following branches are closed for the day: Delridge, Fremont, International District/Chinatown, Madrona, Magnolia, Montlake, Northeast and West Seattle branches. You can find a full list of impacts at www.spl.org.

Seattle Public Utilities: Solid waste collection is dependent on safe road and weather conditions for our drivers. Solid waste contractors will run minimum trucks Sunday to service urgent sites like hospitals. Seattle Public Utilities is closely watching the forecast to determine whether crews can safely handle pickups and will notify customers of any delays. SPU will work on make-up collection as soon as possible. SPU crews are also supporting SDOT crews. For more information, please visit: https://atyourservice.seattle.gov/2019/02/06/solid-waste-collection-resumes-feb-6/.

Seattle City Light: Crews are standing by to respond to outages. Please be patient as our crews may be impacted by adverse road conditions. If you see a downed line, keep your distance and report it at 206-684-3000 or 911. You can learn more information about how to stay safe and warm here and also track system outages with this map. Follow Seattle City Light on twitter for tips and updates @SEACityLight.

Seattle Parks and Recreation: Many Seattle Parks and Recreation programs and facilities will be impacted by inclement weather on Sunday, Feb. 10. Please check back here and on their Twitter page for regular updates. The Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry Street) has been opened as a warming and overnight emergency shelter for families with children, and people living in vehicles. Adults are welcome at this facility as well. This shelter will operate 24 hours a day through the morning of Monday, February 11. Click here for more information and other severe weather resources from the Seattle Human Services Department. Parks are open; however, we encourage visitors to use caution. Snow and ice can cause tree branches to snap. Please stay out from under trees and avoid forested park areas during the current weather conditions.

Seattle Preschool Program:Preschools at Seattle Public Schools are closed today. For community-based preschool sites, follow your preschools inclement weather policy.

Seattle Fire Department: No current impacts to services provided to the public. All SFD apparatus are operating with chains on tires.

Seattle Municipal Courts: The court has no scheduled activities today.

City Council: The City Council has no scheduled activities today.

General Winter Weather Tips for Residents:

  • If you can possibly avoid it, do not drive. If you must drive, please take your time, slow down, leave lots of room, and stay safe. Prepare your car with emergency supplies and chains or other traction devices. Remember bridges and raised roadways are likely to be icy, even when the roads are not.
  • Keep warm winter clothing at the ready: gloves/mittens; hats; heavy coats; sweaters; long underwear; heavy socks.
  • Have nonperishable food on hand that does not need to be heated.
  • Make sure you have adequate propane/charcoal briquettes for barbeques/camping stoves that can be used to heat food outdoors. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, keep electric generators and barbecue grills outdoors and away from your house or apartment.
  • Keep water dripping from faucets so pipes don’t freeze.
  • If you are concerned about an individual living unsheltered, or in need, call 2-1-1 a resource line that can help connect an individual to resources. When the 2-1-1 line isn’t open, the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 can provide information that the City provides on warming shelters, similar to how they do for sheltering information for people experiencing homelessness. If it is an emergency, contact Seattle Police by calling 9-1-1. SPD has transport vans to take people to warming centers and shelters.
  • If you see a downed power line, please keep a safe distance (at least 20 feet) and report it to (206) 684-3000. If it appears to be sparking or smoking, call 911. Thanks for your help in spreading the word. Learn more here: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/whenpowerout.asp.
  • Never use a grill, charcoal, or generator indoors, in garages, or in carports. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly.

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