Inclement weather updates
Page last updated Friday, Jan. 17, 8:51 a.m.
View the current weather forecast from National Weather Service and see below for additional resources. Scroll down for facility closures and changes to programs, as well as snow-safety tips (in our FAQs).
Please call the Public Works 24/7 dispatch line to share observations about specific locations: 425-257-8821. Crews will respond to service requests as time, resources and call load allows.
Reminder: it is the responsibility of property owners to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their property (EMC 13.08) and it helps community members travel safely in snowy conditions. Seattle's Department of Transportation shared a great video with information about the importance of clearing your sidewalks of snow, along with some great tips to help neighbors!
Current operations and road conditions:
- In the event of snow and ice, Public Works crews follow the Snow and Ice Control Plan until conditions improve.
- Public Works crews are operating on 12-hour day/night snow and ice shifts until conditions improve, plowing major and minor arterials first, then side streets.
- Thursday day crews plowed 211 miles and put out 28 cubic yards of salted sand after Wednesday night crews worked to clean up the mini blizzard (plowed 459 miles and put out 124 yards of sand). Thursday night crews plowed another 86 miles and put out another 28 cubic yards of salted sand. As the ice melts, the sand sweeping will begin.
- Residents may call the 24-hour Dispatch hotline at 425-257-8821 to share observations on road conditions and request service for city roads. Crews will respond as time, resources and call load allows.
- Please clear snow from on top of and around any storm drains on your street to speed up drainage from snow melt and keep water from traveling where it’s not wanted.
City facility closures and program cancellations:
- Please call ahead if you are unsure whether a City facility is open.
- Parks and Community Services programs are operating on normal schedules
- Kasch Park: closed through Sunday, Jan. 19
- Events/meetings cancelled or rescheduled:
- Everett City Council Jan. 15 meeting: cancelled
- Cultural Arts Commission meeting: rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m.
- Everett Police application/hiring workshop: rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22
- Residents should use the non-emergency line (425-407-3999) to report incidents with no immediate threat to life or property. Please save 911 for emergencies.
- For weather updates, visit www.weather.gov/sew
- As the weather changes, clear blocked storm drains of snow and ice to help manage surface water and prevent flooding.
- Wet snow is very heavy! Be cautious of falling trees/branches and heavy, wet snow accumulations on roofs.
- Take steps to prepare your family and home for snow, cold temperatures and possible power outages. Visit the City website for resources: www.everettwa.gov/prepare.
- Know before you go: View Everett’s traffic cameras to look at the conditions at 36 locations across the city.
To keep 911 lines free for emergencies, please use these numbers:
- To report an emergency: Dial 911
- To contact police or fire for a non-emergency: 425-407-3999
- To report a power outage to Snohomish PUD: 425-783-1001
- To report a road condition: Call the 24-hour Dispatch hotline at 425-257-8821
- Parks inclement weather hotline: 425-257-8399
- For Everett Transit routes, contact the Transit customer service phone line: 425-257-7777
- National Weather Service
- Everett traffic cameras
- WSDOT traffic cameras
- Everett's Snow and Ice Removal Plan
- Priority routes for Everett's Snow and Ice Removal Plan
- Everett Transit snow routes and service
- Snohomish County's Snow and Ice Response
- WSDOT's Snow and Ice Plan
- Cold weather shelters in Snohomish County
Snow removal is prioritized by the Snow and Ice Control Plan which focuses efforts on major arterials and key secondary arterials that support transit operations and emergency services, as well as a number of steep residential streets that lack alternative access. Crews also respond to closure requests from the Everett Police Department, as well as problem spots reported to the 24-hour dispatch line. Crews only plow city roads within Everett city limits.
Snowplows cannot plow compact snow and ice to the asphalt until heat from the sun and salt breaks it up. Crews primarily use a sand/salt mixture or pure salt to treat roads, depending on conditions, focusing sanding in intersections, turns and on hills.
Are parks open to play in the snow?
While the golf courses and Kasch Park are not open for snow play, many City of Everett Parks are open dawn to dusk for snow play. Please use extreme caution on roads, parking lots, walkways and docks – as many are icy and slippery.
For your safety, and the safety of others, stay off of Silver Lake and other bodies of water – and please keep your pets off, too! Our Everett Fire and Everett Parks teams warn that while parts of lakes and waterways may appear to be frozen, the ice is not thick enough to be accessed and the water is very cold.
Safety tips for sledding:
Sledding is a hazardous activity with the potential for serious injury. Users assume full responsibility for determining if a sledding location is safe to use. Here are some safe-sledding tips:
- Use caution when sledding, be considerate of others and do not get in the way of other sledders.
- Sledding down hilly City streets can be tempting, but it’s extremely hazardous.
- Sledding should be confined to areas well away from vehicle traffic.