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Beacon Staff 

Words of warning for the winter wonderland

Snohomish County offers tips for staying safe


Last updated 2/14/2021 at 7:41am

Snohomish County received a glimpse of what is to come from the dusting of snow that fell on Thursday evening and into Friday morning, with more snow falling on Feb. 13.

With forecasts of significant accumulations for Valentine's Day weekend, Snohomish County Road Maintenance has plows and anti-icing trucks patrolling the county ready to keep roads clear for travelers.

“We already have 21 trucks out on the roads. The operators are driving their routes and identifying problem areas,” Road Maintenance Director James Parker said. “We are putting down anti-icing liquid and using this time wisely to work out all the kinks to prepare for tonight.”

De-icing activity is occurring in the city of Mill Creek as well, officials report.

For those venturing through unincorporated Snohomish County this weekend, visit this link: https://bit.ly/3pgIMOv.

Public Works’ new snow removal and anti-icing map shows which routes are primary and secondary and allows residents to see what county roads have been recently plowed, sanded or had anti-icing applied.

To leave a message about specific road’s condition, please call 425-388-7500 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Work requests for road plowing will be recorded but will not impact the priority listing during the snow and ice event.

During snow and ice weather events, here is where to call:

• Life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

• Non-life threatening emergencies, call 425-407-3999.

• Snohomish County Road closure and plowing: 425-388-7500

County officials say to stay safe is it important to obey road closed signs.

A few more tips if you must travel the snow-covered roads:

• Make sure vehicles are mechanically prepared for cold weather. Have tire chains or traction tires readily available.

• Keep food, water and medical supplies in your home that will last at least one week.

• Pay attention to weather reports and plan ahead for even longer periods of time.

• Keep cell phones charged for away from home travel.

• Stay off the roads if you can, and travel slowly if you must drive.


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