Inclement weather updates
Page last updated Tuesday, March 19 at 9:47 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.
Current operations and road conditions:
- Crews have been hard at work removing sand since the last snow fell, following the Ice and Snow Control Plan in plotting their routes as they did when plowing and sanding.
- The City has four street sweepers and crews have been sweeping the sand since Feb. 18, working extended-length day shifts and some additional Saturday shifts.
- As of March 18, crews have swept 1,058 miles of road and removed 1,222 cubic yards of sand. All arterials have been swept at least once with an air sweeper, and crews are working through a second time with a mechanical sweeper.
- Picking up heavy amounts of sand requires sweepers to travel much slower than normal, with frequent trips to the stockyard to dump the spoils and clean the screen and inner workings.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (PDF)
- Priority routes for Everett's Snow and Ice Removal Plan (PDF)
- 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 (PDF)
When will Everett plow my road?
Snow removal is prioritized by the Snow and Ice Control Plan (PDF) 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.
- Public Works crews do plow and treat residential neighborhoods as staffing and priority route conditions allow, however some residential roads are private property. The City does not plow or treat private property, so property owners need to access private services to take care of the snow and ice. Residents may contact Everett's 24-hour Dispatch line at 425-257-8821 if unsure whether a road is privately or city or county-owned, and to share observations of specific streets.
Why is there still snow on the road after it is plowed?
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.
Anyone using City Parks for snow related activities should be aware that the risk of injury is present with these weather conditions. We encourage everyone to participate in these activities in a safe manner and suggest that children be supervised by a responsible adult. Please use caution and be considerate of others. The user assumes full responsibility for determining if it is safe for snow play and use of the Parks for snow play is at your own risk.