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Posted on: January 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Winter Weather Messages for January 15, 2020

Snohomish County residents should expect wind, cold, and more snow for the next few days.

Need help? There have been lots of reports in recent hours of people trapped by snow without essential resources and services, particularly in communities impacted by the closure of Highway 2. If you are one of them or know someone who is, please call 425-407-3999. If there is an immediate threat to life or property, call 911. It is the best way to get help where it is needed. Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management has been actively working with community leaders and first responders to make sure the most urgent needs are being met.

Brace for winds. The National Weather Service expects winds to pick up in Snohomish County throughout the day, peaking by evening. Maximum gusts are forecast at 30-35 mph in the county’s west side and stronger out east. The wind likely will be accompanied by some snow, but not in the amounts seen in recent days.

Bad time to be a tree. The wind will hit trees already weighted down with heavy snow. Branches likely will break and some trees toppled. Expect power line damage and road closures. It’s not going to be a good time for a walk in the woods.

Prepare to be without electricity.  #TeamPUD crews will continue to restore power to customers as quickly as conditions allow.  Don’t call 911 if you lose power. Report outages to 425-783-1001 or 

Warming forecast. Rain and more moderate temperatures are expected Saturday into next week. That will mean melting snow and the potential for flooded streets. Please check on storm drains in your neighborhood and clear them of snow and ice.  

Heat your home safely. Beware carbon monoxide. Never try to heat your home using a gas stove or charcoal grill. Run portable generators in a well-vented outside area.  If your power is out, designate a warmer area in your home as a primary living area, preferably with fewer windows. Dress in layers and, if needed, wear a scarf, gloves and hat. 

Be safe around electricity. Patience can wear thin during a power outage, but it’s never a good idea for customers to try to restore power themselves. Do not approach the power line space on the top of poles and stay at least 30 feet away from any fallen power lines. If you do encounter downed power lines, please report to 425-783-1001.

Plan for continued icy commutes. Although temperatures are expected to warm up, refreezing at night is expected. Stay off of the roads if you can. If you must travel, check WSDOT’s Traffic twitter account ( for current conditions on I-5, I-405 and our state highways.  The Sheriff’s Office will be posting local road closures to their twitter account as well ( 

Need a place to stay? With below-freezing temperatures forecast to continue at least in the near term, we expect an increased demand for cold weather shelter. Multiple locations in Snohomish County provide overnight shelter when temperatures are below 32 degrees F. Coordinators and volunteers work hard to meet the need in the community, but space is limited. If you are in need of shelter, please call 211 or call ahead to a cold weather shelter. Additional information, including a list of local shelters indicating which are open, is available at

Secure your garbage. Both Waste Management and Rubatino’s have said to expect a delay in service. Tips to safely manage garbage overflow: 

  • Bag garbage and place it in cans with lids. 
  • Compact trash as much as possible to fit in the cans.  
  • Keep garbage out of the reach of animals.  
  • Do not burn garbage.  

Help each other. Keep an eye on your kids and pets if you are outside, especially near any ponds, lakes or rivers. Check on your elderly or home-bound neighbors.  

Stay safe. If you must go out talk over your travel plans with others in your home, even if the trip is just a few miles. Be sure to wear extra layers of outerwear if you will be outside for any length of time (jackets, hats, gloves, extra socks, etc.)

Social Media Accounts to Follow for Updates:   


Other Winter Storm Resources:  

Snow and Ice Response:  

Road closure:  

Priority routes: road conditions from WSDOT:  

SnoPUD Outage Map:  

SnoPUD Outage Center:

The National Weather Service – Seattle:

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