As Internet Websites were being blacked-out on Wednesday, January 19th, in protest of the controversial SOPA legislation more reminiscent of the days of governmental blacklisting, Seattle was being blanketed in a coat of frosty white. Mayor Mike McGinn activated the Seattle city government’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after the National Weather Service forecasted several feet of snow and icy road conditions.
Whether it’s traffic maps from the Department of Transportion, mobile tools and apps from City Light, or just keeping up on the latest storm developments in your neighborhood, here are a snow bank of winter weather resources we hope you’ll find useful.
Use these tools to stay on top of transit information, school closures, any power outages, and sanitation pick-up, and click here for complete list of weather-related city resources.
And remember to use (“Puget”) sound judgment and all too (un-) common sense:
- Consider options now for travel, staying off the roads if possible;
- Move cars off streets, if possible, to aid with snow removal;
- Check on neighbors, especially the vulnerable;
- Wrap pipes and outdoor faucets to prevent ruptured pipes and flooding inside homes;
- Turn faucets to a slow drip to prevent pipes from freezing;
- Be careful how they choose to heat or light their homes. Open flames and unattended candles are dangerous. Do not bring open stoves or gas grills inside as the fumes can be poisonous and deadly;
- Find and clear street storm drains. Snow followed by rain can clog drains and cause flooding;
- Have coats, hats, gloves and blankets at hand to stay warm during possible power outages;
- Bring pets indoors;
- Only call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.
MORE SEATTLE WEATHER AND SNOW TOOLS AND INFORMATION:
- SDOT travel cameras
- SDOT street closures and snowplow routes
- Download City Light’s mobile application
- Clear storm drains
- Winter Storm Tips
- Emergency Street Drain Cleaning Tips from Mayor Mike McGinn
- Critical resources and safety information
- SnowWatch forecasting