Snow & Ice

WINTER STORM UPDATES - Snow Route Map 

7:00am, Friday, Feb 15th

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES/IMPACTS

NE 163rd St closed from NE 162nd St to just west of 76th PL NE, with exception of local traffic (NEW)

NE 187th ST at Kenlake – Road open, but use caution. There are communication lines on the side of the roadway.
61st Ave NE at NE 181st St – tree blocking sidewalk
68th Ave NE pathway to Wallace Swamp Creek Park – Tree fallen into lines and blocking access. Has been called in to utilities.

Email update: Power Outages, Storm Drains, and Safety Tips

 

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!

 

POWER OUTAGES

 Please continue to 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.  

 

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

 

8:00pm, Monday, Feb 11th

Crews continue to work in Priority 1 roads.  We have some power outages in our area. Please continue to 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.  

 

1:45pm, Monday, Feb 11th

75th Ave NE now OPEN: PSE has advised they have the gas leak issue resolved and customers are no longer impacted. 

 

1030am, Monday, Feb 11th
Both Northshore Fire and PSE are have responded to a gas leak. 75th Ave NE is closed from 74th PL NE (NE 148th)  to NE 146th.  If there are any issues with this, we will let everyone know.  City Hall is open today and answering 425-398-8900, but we do have limited staffing. The Hangar is also open!

Public Works has been working on priority 1 roads, but most roads are generally very icy and slick. Please stay off roads if possible and if you must drive, take it slow! They are taking a closer look at Juanita and the 68th bridge right now to see if those areas need to be sanded, sounds like they are still icy.  Traffic is moving along 522 well, stil icy in some spots.
185th remains closed for now. Kirkland has reopened Simonds Rd, between 100th Ave NE and 92nd Ave NE.

 

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 has been preparing for this storm event by applying de-icer to dry roads, procuring more sand and ice melt, and using plows to break up icy areas that have been melted.  They are also preparing all trucks and snow equipment, and meeting with their staff and Northshore Utility District to plan shifts and routes.  City of Kenmore Public Works crews are working 24 hours a day, 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.  We are doing everything we can, but during this event, we may not treat Priority 2 and 3 roads.

 

Keep Updated

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

Trash and Recycling Service Changes

King County Metro Bus Schedules

Nortshore School District Closure Info

Current Forecasts

King County Emergency News

 

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.

 

 

Last updated: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:59am