Winter weather

2/28/19, 3:50 p.m. update:

Prepared and ready

Crews are prepared to respond and equipment is ready if necessary.

Road conditions

Priority routes and arterials are clear in Bothell. Thanks for your patience. 

Now the focus is on recovery, continuing to clear branches and debris. 

  • Please don't pile tree limbs on streets or in the right-of way. 
  • Many residential streets still have compact snow. Warmer weather is coming which will help melt the snow and ice. Sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners.
  • Refreezing will likely create hazardous driving conditions overnight and in the morning with a high potential for black ice. Please use extreme caution. 
  • As melting continues, and with additional rain expected, urban flooding may occur. Beware of the risk for hydroplaning and watch for closed roads.

Additional road information

Stay safe 

What you can do now

See winter weather tips for details.

  • If you have a flat roof (such as on a carport), get help to clear the snow to prevent roof collapse. 
  • Keep storm drains clear of snow and ice to prevent urban flooding.
  • While you're out shoveling your driveway, if you have a fire hydrant near you, please clear snow from it as well. That helps our Fire Department in case of emergency.
  • If you lose power, use generators safely. Only use alternate heat/cooking sources (like camp stoves) with proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Driving during freezing temperatures

When temperatures drop below freezing, avoid travel if you can. If you need to be on the road, watch out for black ice.

  • Turn, brake, and drive slowly
  • Keep more distance between you and other vehicles
  • Be extra cautious where black ice forms: overpasses, shaded areas, and less-traveled roads

Driving on water-covered roads

In wet conditions, tires can completely lose contact with the road and skid, also known as hydroplaning.

  • Avoid the use of cruise control in order to respond quickly if the car loses traction with the road.
  • Reduce speed and avoid hard braking and making sharp turns.
  • Increase following distance to allow for ample space if a sudden stop occurs.
  • If the vehicle begins to hydroplane, gently ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction the vehicle should go until traction is regained. Do not brake forcefully as this can cause the vehicle to skid. (Thanks to AAA Washington for these tips)

Closures and cancellations

City offices

  • City offices are operating on normal business hours.

Waste collection

Event and meeting schedule updates

  • The Shorelines Board meeting for Monday, Feb. 11 is cancelled.
  • The Fire Department's "Push-In Ceremony," scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.

Park-related closures and cancellations:

  • Use City parks with caution. Stay out of areas marked with caution tape, and stay away from fallen trees. Crews continue to clear fallen trees and branches.
  • All North Creek Fields are open and playable.
  • All parks restrooms and gates are open during normal hours, with Blyth Park restrooms reopening on Saturday, 2/23. 
  • The summer camp preview has been rescheduled for March 2, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Lockwood Elementary.

Know what's happening

Snow plow

Who to call for help

To report power outages, contact your local utility provider:

  • Puget Sound Energy - 1-888-225-5773
  • Snohomish County PUD - 425-783-1001 or 1-877-783-1001
  • Do not call 911 to report power outages.

To report emergencies, including trees down over roads:

  • Call 911. City crews will respond when they're able and it is safe to do so.

For non-emergencies:

  • Call Bothell Police at 425-486-1254. This number is staffed 24/7.

Traffic information (Washington State): 

  • Call 5-1-1

Social services: 

  • Call 2-1-1

Power outage information

Is school delayed or cancelled?

Will the weather affect my garbage pickup?