Weather Update

We continue to monitor the changing weather forecasts! Thank you Bothell for looking out for each other and being patient with city crews. Some snow is expected throughout the day and there is the potential for roads to refreeze tonight as temperatures drop below freezing.  Public Works crews are working around the clock and have kept Priority 1 roads cleared and are working on 2nd and 3rd Priority Routes. Crews will most likely not be able to treat residential neighborhoods today given the icy conditions and anticipated snow.
Strong winds forecasted Wednesday through Thursday may result in downed trees and power outages. Warmer temperatures and rain are expected starting Friday, so we are prepping for localized flooding.  We’ve included some tips below and again, thank you for your patience!

- Jennifer Phillips, City Manager 

Crews Inspecting

Road Conditions

1st priority routes are passable, with slush in places. Neighborhoods/side streets have compact snow and ice, along with some black ice. Slick and icy roads can be very dangerous! If you must drive, please slow down and use extreme caution, giving yourself more time and distance between cars.
Crews are working around the clock to clear and treat roads. We'll continue treating and snowplowing icy roads using the priority clearing map. Keep in mind, crews are working hard to address multiple roadway safety issues across the city including downed trees and limbs in roadways across the city. 

Get Info. Give Info.

Emergencies, including trees or power lines down over roads: 
Call 911. City crews will respond when they're able and it is safe to do so. If there is no life or safety issue, please do not call 911 to report power outages.  Report to:  

  • Puget Sound Energy - 1-888-225-5773 
  • Snohomish County PUD - 425-783-1001 or 1-877-783-1001 

Non-emergencies, but still need police or fire assistance:  
Call our Police non-emergency line at 425-486-1254. This number is staffed 24/7. 
To report Public Works issues during business hours, please contact the Bothell Operations Center at 425-488-0118 and press 1.
Follow Twitter @BothellWA for the latest road conditions and for updates, road closures, tips and resource links. 

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Health and Safety

If more snow-covered limbs drop, we may experience outages. We know homes can get chilly, especially if your power is out. 

  • Keep the space heaters three feet away from burnable objects and do not leave them unattended. 
  • Never use generators or grills (charcoal or gas) indoors, this includes attached garages.
  • Wet and heavy snow is a well-known cause of roof collapse. If you have a flat roof on your home or flat-roofed structures like carports, please use caution and watch for early warning signs of collapse.
  • Check in with your vulnerable neighbors. 
  • Don’t forget about your pets. Bring them inside during extreme temperatures.

Sidewalks and Driveways

Sidewalks and Driveways

As a reminder, the City does not clear sidewalks. Homeowners and business/property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off driveways and sidewalks near their property. Please be careful as sidewalks can be slick and be sure not to cover drains when shoveling. 
Snowplows make every effort not to block driveway and sidewalk access with snow; however, there are times where conditions make this unpreventable. We ask that the public be understanding and homeowners pitch in to clear these areas as able. Please help snowplows by clearing snow off of sidewalks to areas other than the streets.
How can I help crews out?

  • Move vehicles into driveways if possible so crews can safely clear the roadway. 
  • Keep garbage cans out of the roadway to prevent damage.
  • Stay off the roads if possible.
  • Help clear fire hydrants. Snow and Ice should be at least three feet away from every hydrant.

Localized Flooding

As this storm transitions from snow to rain starting Friday, street drains and culverts might become clogged. If this occurs there may be localized flooding as the water pools or bypasses plugged drains. 
  • Look for storm drains on your street and if you are able to do so safely, use a shovel to clear  snow and debris off the top of the grate.
  • Break up and remove any built up ice. Never remove a storm drain lid or attempt to clean a drain located in a busy street.  

Garbage and Recycling

Due to weather conditions, garbage, recycling, and organics (yard debris) are not being collected. Receive service updates on Recology or Waste Management websites.

Cancellations and Closures

City Hall is closed today, Tuesday, January 14th and the City Council meeting is cancelled.The Dog Park at City Hall is open.  However, all recreation classes are cancelled; park restrooms and fields are closed.

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