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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Snohomish County is Prepared for Upcoming Ice and Snow Event


Bill Craig                                        Matt Phelps

Communications Specialist II        Communications Supervisor          

425-388-3137                                425-388-3126

Snohomish County is Prepared for Upcoming Ice and Snow Event

Online Resources and Phone Numbers for Winter Storm Emergencies

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., Jan. 11, 2024– Snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast across Snohomish County, and public works crews are prepared and ready for when snow and ice impact the roadways. Plans are in place for clearing priority snow and ice routes, and Road Maintenance teams are equipped and stocked with sand, salt, and other supplies to use as needed.

“We are monitoring the weather—public safety is our number one priority,” said Public Works Director Kelly Snyder. “We have enough salt, sand, and mixed products available for at least seven continuous (24/7) days to address snowy and icy roadways. Steps have been taken to ensure we are able to secure additional abrasives should the need arise. Plus, the county’s fleet division is ready to repair our vehicles and replace our plow blades, as needed.”

The Road Maintenance Division is prepared with resources including:

  • 38 plow/sander trucks
  • Three anti-icer trucks
  • 14,000 tons of sand/salt mix
  • 1,800 tons of sand
  • 1,100 tons of salt
  • 28,000 gallons of anti-icing liquid (calcium chloride)
  • 1,140 tons of ice kicker (blue salt)

Before heading out, it is highly recommended that residents check their travel routes and options. For those venturing through unincorporated Snohomish County, visit the Public Works Snow and Ice webpage to view the priority routes for snowplowing, sanding and road closure information. Decisions for snow and ice removal are based on traffic volume, transit and school bus routes, hospitals and clinics, terrain, and knowledge of problem areas. The prioritization does not change based on public calls – even multiple calls – requesting service.

During snow/ice weather events, it’s also important to:

  • Know who to call and when:
  • Life-threatening emergencies: call 911.
  • Non-life-threatening emergencies: 425-407-3999.
  • Give snowplows and deicers plenty of room to work. Allow for a minimum following distance of 200 feet from the plows and deicers while they are working.
  • If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the displaced snow and ice, or sand spray.
  • Vehicles parked along all major arterials and emergency routes must be moved off the street. It is recommended for them to be moved when snow is in the forecast.
  • Keep drainage inlets near your home clear of leaves and debris during the winter months to help reduce the chance of flooding.
  • Try to keep garbage bins and other obstacles out of the street when the roads are icy or covered with snow. 
  • Obey road closed signs.

Follow Snohomish County departments on social media for the most up-to-date information during an emergency event:

For additional resources, including safety tips, overnight cold weather shelters and daytime warming centers, visit the Snohomish County Public Safety Hub at

About Snohomish County Public Works

Snohomish County Public Works is responsible for approximately 1,600 miles of county roads, more than 200 bridges and manages about 200 traffic control signals. The department also processes nearly 600,000 tons of garbage per year. Its mission is to focus on safety and mobility while practicing fiscal responsibility and preserving the environment. Public Works has won numerous state and national honors for its work and is the largest department within Snohomish County government with approximately 500 employees plus seasonal staff. Its main office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

Visit or follow the department on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) for more information about Snohomish County Public Works.

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