Snow & Ice

 

WINTER STORM UPDATES
 

Snow Route Map 

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 4:50pm: With the afternoon snow flurry, there was a significant accumulation in a short amount of time. Crews are out plowing what is mostly slush off the roadways and adding sand in locations. If the weather does as forecasted we should be getting some warmer temperatures along with some rain after midnight.

UPDATE: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 4:00am: Road conditions are good in Kenmore. Most priority 1 & 2 routes are bare and wet. A lot of residential streets still have some compact snow and the crew will continue to work on getting those cleared today.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 5:10pm: At this point most of our main arterials are bare and wet. There are some locations where there is still some compact snow/ice. The crew has been working through the neighborhoods, which still do have compact snow and ice that is not really plowable. They have been spreading sand and salt in areas that are particularly slick. Temperatures are expected to get below freezing tonight, expect to have icy conditions similar to last night. Our crew will continue to work around the clock tonight and into tomorrow morning.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 9:29am: Road conditions update: Main lanes on SR 522 are looking pretty good. Bare and wet pavement in most areas (turn lanes and bus lanes still a bit icy). Juanita, Simonds & 155th/153rd are bare and wet for the most part. 68th Ave NE is still pretty icy, salt and sand have been applied.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 8:19am: Due to additional snow fall and frigid temperatures, roads are worse this morning than they were yesterday at this time. The roads aren't very plowable right now because of the cold conditions - the snow is icy and compacted. Nevertheless, snow plows are deployed throughout the city, as are road sanders. City crews have been working around the clock and continue to put down sand and salt in key locations. Please try to stay off the roads. If you must drive, go super slow, and make sure to have good traction on your tires. Several more inches of snow and continued figid temperatures are forecasted for the next couple of days.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 4:30am: Majority of our roads are covered in compact snow. Crews worked overnight and continue to treat the roads. If driving, remember to take it slow and go under the speed limit. The temperatures will be below freezing for the day.

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 5:29pm: Thanks to temperatures hovering slightly above freezing today, Kenmore's crews were able to plow the snow off city streets quickly. However, the roads are still wet, and with temperatures dipping into the 20s tonight and tomorrow, roads are going to be slick. With the icy road conditions, we encourage people to stay off the roads. If you must drive, go very slow and have good traction tires. Please shovel your sidewalks before they turn into a skating rink, and please offer a hand to your neighbors. This snow event is not over.

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 1:23pm: Frontier has completed work on the pole and the road (68th Ave NE) is now open.

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 6:50am: The conditions are still slushy and wet. The plows are out and clearing away slush on all priority one routes. Unfortunately, it started snowing again and is starting to build back up. We will continue to plow, but it looks like the snowfall should stop in the next hour or so. 68th Ave NE is still closed between NE 182nd St and NE 185th St, Frontier is onsite working on the issue. 

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 5:08am: A Frontier pole was hit this morning, significantly damaging it. We are shutting down 68th Ave NE between NE 182nd St and NE 185th St. Frontier is currently onsite. Most roadways are wet and slushy. Conditions are not that bad, drivers should use caution. Crews are plowing slush off the roadways. Sandbags are currently available at Arrowhead, Rhododendron Park and Logboom Park.

UPDATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 2:10pm: Possible snow headed our way Sunday evening. Take a moment to check out our snow routes.
 

Power Outages

Please check PSE.com, 1-888-225-5773, for estimated resoration time on power outages.  Please NOT CALL 911 to report power outages, unless there is a life safety emergency or you see a downed power line.  Never use generators or charcoal or gas grills indoors. If you have a neighbor who moved here from other parts of the world where that practice may be more common, please see King County's carbon monoxide fact sheets here in multiple languages. 

 
Prepare Now

Make sure you have your disaster kits ready for home and vehicle. Update your emergency kits with food, water, flashlight, matches and blankets. Buy groceries and gas now, to avoid being on roads later. Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs. Protect your pets from the cold. Prepare to be without electricity, as snow and wind may lead to power outages, which should be reported to PSE. Make sure cell phones are charged before the storm. More tips

 

Road Preparation

Public Works prepares for storm events by applying de-icer to dry roads, procuring sand and ice melt, and using plows to break up icy areas that have been melted.  They prepare all trucks and snow equipment, and meet with their staff and Northshore Utility District to plan shifts and routes.  Depending on the severity of the event, City of Kenmore Public Works crews may shift to a 24 hour a day operation with 12 hour shifts.

During a snowstorm, city crews work around the clock on our roads according to our snow response priorities map.  Designated citywide priority routes are cleared first to accommodate emergency response, main arterials, and bus routes. If snowfall is continuous, those arterials may require repeated plowing and sanding before crews can work to clear neighborhood streets. 

 

Keep Updated

Follow @KenmoreWA on Twitter for the most current incident messaging and City of Kenmore - WA on Facebook.

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Helpful Numbers

Call 911 for Emergencies

Call 425-398-8900 for information and after-hours contact numbers

King County Non-Emergency 206-296-3311

 

Driving on Ice and Snow

Kenmore Police and Public Works are asking that you avoid driving and stay home during the storm. If you must drive, take it slow! Driving in ice and snow, combined with Kenmore's steep hills, can make for hazardous driving conditions. Please remember to use safe driving tactics in winter conditions, including slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

  • Check conditions: When you see snow or ice forecast, plan ahead. Talk to your employer, local school or day-care center. How will they provide you information? The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) offers reports on highway conditions with online Statewide Traveler Information. If conditions appear hazardous, don't leave home unless you have to.
  • Extra time: Give yourself extra time. It's not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.
  • Chaining up: A short how-to video by WSDOT, posted on YouTube, shows the basic steps for putting chains on your car.
  • Before leaving home: Pack a basic winter survival kit and travel gear in your vehicle. The kits should include tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares, snow shovel. flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and a first-aid kit.
  • Driving tips: The faster you're going, the longer it will take to stop. When accelerating on snow or ice, take it slow to avoid slipping. When braking, do so slowly and never slam the brakes. Give yourself plenty of room to stop. Also, make sure to keep your fuel tank full.
  • Black ice: Roads that seem dry or just wet may actually be slippery with black ice. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas.
  • Snowplows: Give snowplows room to work. The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Do not tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
     
Home Safety

Severe cold can freeze the water in your pipes, causing them to burst. Be cautious with alternative ways of heating your home. If freezing temperatures are in the forecast, take the following steps:

  • Drip warm water from the indoor faucet farthest from where water enters the house.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages and crawl spaces.
  • If a water pipe breaks, immediately turn off the main water shut-off valve and/or water meter to control flooding and water damage. Then call a plumber.
  • Use alternative heat sources safely and wisely. If you use a kerosene heater, make sure there is plenty of ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide gas buildup. Keep heaters away from curtains and clothing, and make sure heaters are turned off before going to bed. Do not leave children or pets alone with a portable heater. Do not use outdoor grills or camp stoves indoors as it may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • When snow falls, shovel your sidewalk and driveway. If you have neighbors who have difficulty shoveling snow, consider cleaning theirs too.
  • Businesses and building managers should shovel sidewalks outside their locations so customers and employees can get around.
  • What to do with your trash, recycling, and yard waste collection after snow storms.

Worried about your roof or carport?  Check out an excellent resource from our neighbors in Bothell.

 

Clearing Drains

Once snow starts to melt, our drains need to be clear. If you can safely do so, crews are asking you to clear the storm drains in front of your house from snow and debris. Thank you!

 

 

Last updated: Thu, 01/16/2020 - 7:14am